Norquay to reopen old teahouse

1st August 2011, by Chris Gill

The Norquay hybrid lift [(c) Mt Norquay Resort - Banff]

The Norquay hybrid lift [(c) Mt Norquay Resort - Banff]

Yes, we know it’s not a photo of the teahouse but ...

The concept of the ‘chondola’ lift isn’t new apparently: the photo above shows an original hybrid lift at Mt Norquay in Banff. The lift was built to access the resort’s historic teahouse, built in the 1950’s as one of its first mountain restaurants.

In its heyday the teahouse provided a scenic viewpoint for visitors as well as for on-mountain refreshment. Now the plan is to reopen the teahouse to skiers, boarders and summer visitors, who will be able to reach it via the North American chair.

As for the ‘chondola’ … this unusual combination of chairs and gondolas on the same cableway has become quite popular in the Alps, with resorts such as Verbier installing one a few years back and Lech about to install its first one.

Mt Norquay will also be providing its guests with a new coffee bar, bigger tubing arena and inclusive activities on the Tri Area Lift Pass – that also covers Lake Louise and Sunshine Village – for the new winter season.

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