Banff’s Mt. Norquay has received the green light from Parks Canada to improve the ski area for both winter and summer seasons.

For Winter: Plans are now underway for  widened runs.

For Summer: The historic Cliff House will be revamped, including a new observation deck and cable-assisted summer hiking known as a via ferrata.

“Living and working in a National Park means special considerations will be made for wildlife,” a press release from Mt. Norquay says. “As part of the long range plan, Mt. Norquay must also improve habitat in the area by closing and restoring an existing ski run that is located in a wildlife corridor. The plan also includes a new transportation strategy that will see guests brought up the road to Mt. Norquay in groups to reduce the number of vehicles using the route”

Mt. Norquay hopes to open the historic Cliff House this summer, while construction on the other features will start summer 2013 and plans to have the new expanded facilities ready by 2014.

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SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles