Snowshoe Mt. Norquay

Rate this Adventure Canada Mt. Norquay Unofficial Winter Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Expert

  • Season:

    Winter

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1000 Feet

Easy Parking
Scenic
Wildlife

It is an unofficial trail up the shoulder of Mt Norquay, a premier ski mountain overlooking the Town of Banff, Alberta. This route leads to views of Cascade Mt. and Rundle Mt. few if not anybody has seen before, as well as requiring knowledge of avalanches, risk awareness, and creativity.

From Banff:Take the shuttle from the town lot to Mt. Norquay Ski Lodge, it is $10 CAD one way or $15 roundtrip, but you may want to walk back. If you decide to walk back there are two options; the road or the beautiful mountain trail. The trail head can be easily picked up in the parking lot, hike towards Highway 1, then go right on the highway to Banff, or the river at the base of the trail can be followed back to Banff, highly recommend this route.

Starting at the ski lodge of Mt. Norquay at 5,348 ft, you make a very steep ascent of the North American ski trail, 700 ft/.5 mile. At the top of the run traverse left (facing the mountain) for around 0.2 miles and you will reach a series of powdery bowls rising up on your right hand side. The second of these bowls has an avalanche awareness sign. This bowl can be climbed in good snow conditions. Ascend 300 ft. in .2 miles to a snowy shoulder offering a stable platform to eat lunch and take in the dramatic scenery.

Descend carefully and purposefully. Take the same path down.

Pack List

  • Awareness of avalanche terrain
  • Risk awareness skills
  • Snowshoes
  • Avalanche Probe, beacon, and shovel
  • Ice Axe/trekking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • A hearty lunch
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