On this last day of the winter season at Mt Norquay, we thought we’d share some of our favourite moments from one of the best seasons yet.
The ski racing and Bow Valley communities came together for the annual Bozo Cup race. It’s always a great spectacle and perfect reason for the community to come together and have a great time. Pete Bozinger put on a great head to head slalom event overlooking Cascade Lodge. Past and present Members of the Canadian Alpine ski team came out to carve out some exciting races vying for the $10000 in cash and prizes. Of course in true Norquay ‘fashion’ quite a few locals donned silly costumes and ear to ear grins.
Rudi Gertsch – Rudi’s Alley #11
Early extreme skier and star of one of Bruno Engler’s iconic Norquay photos
Skiing at Mt Norquay for years, I’ve always been drawn to one Bruno Engler image of a young skier in leather boots and classic ski sweater jumping off the top of the Cliffhouse with awestruck on-lookers below. Rudi Gertsch was one of the best freeskiers in Banff at the time and a great pioneer to adventure skiing in Canada.
Help us invade the Banff slopes at Mt. Norquay this weekend with leather, flannel, and ten gallon hats. Mt. Norquay is proud to host the 5th annual Back on Track Canadian Cowboy Ski Race. No belt buckle is too big for racing this Saturday, March 18.
This might be the only time it’s appropriate to wear jeans to ski, and ski fast. Check out the events page for the full details if you think you’re tough enough to hang with some the salt of the Earth Canadian Cowboys.
All proceeds from the day’s festivities go to Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine team. This awesome team of professionals is dedicated to helping Rodeo athletes by providing care on site at Rodeo events across Canada. They have over 40 practitioners working hard to keep Cowboys and Cowgirls competing through the Rodeo season.
Registration is from 8:30 – 11:00 in the Cascade Lodge. More info on our events page: http://winter.banffnorquay.com/event/back-track-canadian-cowboy-ski-race/
Do you ever get the feeling that you missed one of the best decades because you either were too young, or even worse, not born yet?
I wake up in cold sweat every night thinking about the 80s in this light. For this reason, March 4th is circled about 57 times on my Calendar. It’s my favourite day of the year and lets me be a part of my favourite decade when the cassette reigned supreme and Alf ruled the TV airwaves.
That’s right 80s has some of the best character archetypes that skiing has ever created. If you don’t know what I’m talking about let me guide you through the in’s and outs of 80s Hot-dogging-ski-culture.
Bruno Engler – Swiss Mountain Guide, Photographer, Filmmaker, Banff character
One of the most famous of Banff’s mountain guides was also photographer, ski instructor, stunt double, filmmaker, storyteller. If there were mountains involved, Bruno Engler had probably tried and conquered it. As RW Sandford put it – “In many ways Bruno Engler is Banff. Even in the advanced age he embodies the carefree charm and youthful joy that many associate with the town and the park.” – (RW Sandford, A Mountain Life: The Stories and Photographs of Bruno Engler)