YYC is one of the best cities to live in the world, and what makes it really great is how close it is to the mountains! You can easily take a weekend break from downtown to Banff’s closest mountain, Mount Norquay. You and your sweetheart can shred powder right to the last run of the day, and still make it to Banff Avenue to share a bottle of wine.
While Mount Norquay is exquisite to visit at any time, if you really want to make your partner feel special, February 22nd would be a wonderful time to have an ultra-romantic experience – at 7000ft no less! The resort’s Executive Chef, Morne Burger, is hosting an intimate ‘Starlight Dinner’, which features a classy fine dining and wine pairing event at the resort’s retro-chic Cliffhouse Bistro. With February being the month of love, this is the perfect gift to share with your valentine.
Experience-focused dates are incredibly popular as we head into the new decade. Norquay’s location – just a five minute drive time from downtown Banff – makes it easy for you and your bae to hit the hill for a quick night skiing session. If you’d rather ski or snowboard during the day, not to fret—you can plan a memorable night tubing experience before capping the night off with a spiked hot chocolate.
And if you’re up for a way to relax, there’s more to Norquay than just skiing, riding and tubing. Take time to snowshoe the picturesque setting that will have you inhaling mountain air and exhaling the stresses of city life. Hold hands with your partner as you trek across the snowshoe trails.
Whichever way you choose to spend your date, make sure apres is on the menu; head to Norquay’s Lone Pine Lodge to indulge in some wholesome comfort food, and a taste of locally-crafted brew fresh on tap, a glass of wine, or a hot apple cider (spiced rum optional).
I know what you’re thinking, what if I’m single and want to treat myself to a weekend away? Don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered. Why not look for love on the side of the mountain with Norquay’s Lifts of Love event on February 14th. With this new take on speed dating, chat (or flirt) with someone new on every chair, and you never know when you could meet your match.
And with Norquay being so close to all the action of Banff, it makes it easy to grab a nearby hotel room and ensure you have a shuttle to and from the mountain all weekend. Whether you’re with a group of friends or with your love for some couples-only time, this is the perfect place to escape the city and hit the slopes for a weekend of fun in the snow!