Mt. Norquay Banff

Banff Ski Resort Sees Earliest Opening Ever

This weekend, Mt. Norquay in Banff became the first ski resort to open in Canada.

Mt. Norquay isn’t the biggest, or oldest, or highest-elevation ski resort in Canada. But unlike all others, it is open. The ski hill opened the weekend of October 24 and 25 — the earliest opening in the resort’s 95-year history.

“We would like to thank everyone for skiing with us this weekend our earliest opening weekend ever!” wrote Mt. Norquay’s resort team on Facebook. “It was a huge success and we’re very happy with everyone for being respectful of our new COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.”

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The resort got over a half-meter (about 1.5 feet) of snow in the past two weeks, Western Canada’s SnowSeekers reported.

“We are open!” proclaims the resort’s website. And the early snowfall isn’t just awesome for those in Banff. Two other Canada ski resorts are hoping to open before the end of the month.

And given the recent snowfall in a few Western U.S. states, hopefully, your favorite stateside resort will soon follow.

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Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.