For the first time in 23 years, the local’s favourite ski area, the mighty Mt. Norquay
, will once again welcome summer adventure-seekers. The North American Chair will open for summer sightseeing as of Thursday, June 19th
and the first group of climbers will ascend the much anticipated Via Ferrata on Saturday, June 21st
‘Via what’ you say? Italian for Iron Path, the Via Ferrata is a cable assisted hiking/rock climbing experience that is open to anyone 12 years and older who has a stomach for heights and an appreciation for the outdoors. Participants can choose either a two or four hour route and are led by a certified guide as they climb ladders, cross a 30 metre (100 foot) suspension bridge and take in breathtaking views of Banff from the cliffs above the ski area. Protected by a system of cables and fixed anchors, the exposure is real but so is the safety. No climbing experience is necessary either, if you can climb a ladder, you can climb the Via Ferrata.
For those who prefer to spectate, you can also take a 15 minute open-air ride up the North American Chair and experience the legendary views of Banff and the Bow Valley along the new sightseeing pathway. Coming in July 2014, you will be able to relax on the mountain side and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat at the historic Cliffhouse Bistro. Diners will be able to savour the unique and inspired flavours of new Executive Chef, Morne Burger, who will bring his passion and belief in “good simple food”
to life in this 1950’s refurbished teahouse.
“This is a huge milestone for us at Mt. Norquay. Not only does it represent the culmination of many years of collaboration and partnership with Parks Canada, it demonstrates the commitment and effort of all our stakeholders to ensure our business remains viable for years to come,”
says Mt. Norquay’s general manager, Andre Quenneville. “We’re thrilled to be introducing new summer activities to Banff National Park, providing local and international visitors alike the opportunity to take in a new view and summer experience at Mt. Norquay.”
Prices in CAD (not including GST) for the above activities are $139 or $169 for the two or four hour Via Ferrata Experience and $29.95, $14.95 and $9.95 for Adult, Youth and Child Sightseeing Tickets only. Kids 5 and under ride the North American Chair for free. You can book your tickets via phone at 1-844-NORQUAY (1-844-6677829) or online at http://summer.banffnorquay.com/plan-your-visit/
Summer operations are also happening at our other two resorts. The Lake Louise Ski Resort has officially opened its summer sightseeing gondola where guests can admire the stunning surroundings, dine and Grizzly Bear watch. Visitors should also check out the highly recommended Sunshine Meadows day hike (located at Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort) which is run through White Mountain Adventures and opens on June 21st
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Ski Banff–Lake Louise–Sunshine is Canada’s largest ski destination, a joint venture of three of the world’s finest ski resorts; Mt. Norquay, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village. Available on one tri-area lift ticket, our three resorts offer almost 8,000 acres of skiable terrain and one of the longest ski seasons in North America, from mid-November to late May, all in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Canada’s Protected Playground, Banff National Park.