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Best Adventure Sports in Banff

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Mt. Norquay Ski Resort

This ski resort has been offering downhill thrills since 1926 in one of Canada's prettiest locations: Banff National Park. Mount Norquay reaches 2,133 m (6,998 ft) in elevation, which means that it boasts gentle beginner slopes, exciting expert runs and everything in between. There is also a fully maintained snowboard park for those who love to grind. Mount Norquay is a true family resort that provides rentals and lessons to skiers of all ages and abilities. For after-ski activities, march your tired legs into one of Canada's best ski lodges for a stiff apres-ski libation.

Off Mount Norquay Scenic Drive, Banff, AB, Canada, T1L 1B4
Cory Pass Loop

The trail along the Cory Pass sees lot of switches, starting from mere grass-covered land and then ending into a lush forest. Considered to be one of the longest and most difficult hikes, this one is still worth all the efforts. The reward of completing this 13 kilometer (8 miles) loop in Banff National Park is that one gets a marvelous view of Mt. Louis, a majestic mountain of limestone. However, one has to be careful while finding the path while on this track.

Edith Pass Trail, Improvement District No. 9, Banff National Park, Banff, AB, Canada
Sunshine Village Ski Resort

Sunshine boasts Canada's best snow, and it is one of the few resort operators that does not require snow making equipment; all the white stuff is real. Twelve lift systems bring skiers of all abilities to any of ninety-one runs spread out over three mountains. Some of the runs are the steepest in the Canadian Rockies. For beginners, Sunshine offers rentals and lessons.

1 Sunshine Access Road, Banff, AB, Canada, T1L 1J5
Delirium Dive

With a steep drop of 50 degrees, Delirium Dive is considering to be one of the deadliest ski runs in North America. Located in the Sunshine Village Ski Resort, this run is extremely avalanche prone, making it essential that those who plan to negotiate it are nothing less than expert skiers and can use an avalanche trans-receiver, in addition to carrying other mandatory equipment. Needless to say, skiers enter at their own risk.

Off Sunshine Road, Sunshine Village Ski Resort, Banff, AB, Canada, T1L 1J5
Howling Dog Tours

This family-run operation out of Canmore offers visitors a unique outdoor adventure. The company runs tours in the majestic Rocky mountains, which combine spectacular alpine scenery with the rapid-fire fun of a dogsled ride. Whether you prefer to sit back as a passenger or attempt to lead your own husky team, the experience is truly unforgettable. Howling Dog offers a variety of tours, ranging from two-hour trips to half-day adventures, and can create custom trips for groups and corporations.

712 Bow Valley Trail, Unit 105, Canmore, AB, Canada, T1W 2H4
Rockwall Highline Hike

What better way to spend a week than backpacking through the mountains? This seven-day hiking and camping trip guided by Yamnuska Hiking Trips, brings visitors through some of the Rockies' most stunning scenery: alpine meadows, glaciers, valleys and mountain lakes. Autumn is the most beautiful season in the Rockies, so bring your camera to record the vistas, flora and wildlife. This trip costs CAD1275, which includes all equipment, guides, a wilderness pass, meals and accommodations. Participants are required to be fit and have some hiking experience. The trip is available July through early September.

50 Lincoln Park, Suite 200, Summit Centre, Canmore, AB, Canada, T1W 3E9
Canmore Caves

Descend into a cave under Grotto Mountain for a unique subterranean adventure. Experienced guides lead two and six-hour expeditions that bring visitors face to face with fossils, calcite formations, and glacial deposits. The two-hour tour is a relatively easy introduction to the amazing underground cavern system. The six-hour Adventure Tour is more exciting; visitors squeeze through tight passageways and rappel into the subterranean abyss. Experienced guides ensure that everyone is safe, and all equipment is provided.

129 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore, AB, Canada, T1W 2W8
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