Alberta's Mount Norquay Banff Kicks Off 2020-21 Season
Banff’s Mount Norquay in Alberta, Canada, kicked off the 2020-21 ski season on Oct. 24, the earliest the area has opened in its 95-year history.
The unusual opening date also makes Mount Norquay the first ski area in North America to welcome skiers and snowboarders with lift-served terrain for the season. Thanks to snow just kept falling, and temperatures dropping over the last week, overnight temperatures have been cold enough to make snow.
"The snow came early, and so we got ready early," said Andre Quenneville, Mount Norquay general manager, in a statement. "And it’s already looking great; really nice conditions for such an early point in the season – we’re excited to see skiers return and get out there."
Mount Norquay opened with the Cascade Chair and Sundance Carpet operating. As the season progresses, the resort will open its Spirit, Mystic Express and North American chairs and tube park. Mount Norquay will be open seven-days-a-week and all visitors will be required to pre-purchase lift tickets.
With favorable snow conditions, other Alberta area resorts have announced the following opening dates:
- Nakiska - Friday, Nov. 6
- Lake Louise Ski Resort - Friday, Nov. 6
- WinSport - Friday, Nov. 27
- Fernie Alpine Resort - Saturday, Dec. 5
- Kicking Horse Resort - Friday, Dec. 11