“I think we should do a romantic moonlit dinner in the mountains!”
I looked to see if my husband had been abducted by aliens who were now controlling his speech. Dave is a sweet, man but trust me when I say the word romance does not often roll off his tongue.
“Mt. Norquay is advertising a dinner at their Cliffhouse Bistro. Wouldn’t that be fun gazing out over Banff in the moonlight?”
Photo courtesy Mt. Norquay
Did he just bat his eyelashes at me?
“Well yes that does sound lovely,” I said cocking my head to the side as a puppy might do if his owner appeared dressed in a cat costume.
“You can also do a moonlight ski before dinner on the Lone Pine run with a guide!”
The method to his madness now came into focus.
“Do you recall I don’t ski that black diamond run in the daylight let alone in the moonlight?”
“Well the fabulous thing is that you could stay all warm and cozy at the Cliffhouse Bistro on the top of the mountain, have a cocktail and take photos and then I could meet you up there.”
Such a logical and apparently well thought out plan from Hubby. I’m sure I saw his puppy tail wagging for that final pronouncement.
Can anyone attend the Moonlight Ski and Dine at Mt. Norquay?
The evening is open to all and begins with a chairlift ride up to the Cliff House Bistro. The Bistro, which reopened in 2012 after being closed for 25 years, affords in our opinion, the best view of Canada’s famous Rocky Mountain town of Banff.
Skiing for the evening is with a guide and suitable for advanced skiers only. No bunny hill run here folks. Dave and one other diner took the double black diamond run down with Andre the guide.
Should you not be an experienced skier and want to try night skiing, Mt Norquay also offers the chance on easier and well lit runs every Friday and Saturday.
Isn’t it cold, not to mention scary, riding a chairlift at night?
The night of the ski and dine event the temperature on Mt Norquay was minus 2 Celsius, balmy by Canadian winter standards. You will need to be dressed appropriately with a winter coat, hat and mittens. The chair lift has a safety bar and if anything, it’s less intimidating for those with fears of heights in the moonlight. Basically you can’t see how far you are off the ground.
Seeing the lights of Banff twinkling in the valley below with as the snowflakes fell created a magical ‘inside-a-snow-globe’ feel. Ski lift attendants slow or stop the chairlift for diners getting on or off making the trip very easy. All you have to do is sit down and enjoy the view.
If I want to ski what will I need to bring?
For your moonlight ski you will need to arrive with your ski gear including skis, helmet, boots and poles. Dave suggests clear glasses or goggles for wind protection. Andre wore a head lamp and Dave definitely would bring one another time.
Do I need to book ahead?
The event sold out well ahead of the date so yes book ahead to avoid disappointment. Booking information for the next dinner can be found here.
Enough about the skiing, how was the food?
I am no food guru but I loved all five courses. With beautiful and creative presentations all were delicious. Dave’s favorite was the Gnocchi Limone and I believed I inhaled the Wild Mushroom Arancini. (I need to work on my manners.)
Was the moonlight ski and dine event romantic?
The words ‘he was right and I was wrong’ don’t often come out of my mouth, let alone make their way to print. The roaring fire from the stove casting light on the cozy rock and wood decor of the Cliffhouse Bistro while the snow fell gently outside set a lovely ambiance for the evening.
The place settings on long tables in the Cliffhouse Bistro created a friendly vibe but don’t expect an intimate seating arrangement. We enjoyed great conversation with other couples on their own romantic evening. However the stillness of the night on the chair lift, the glow of the moonlight pushing through the clouds and that fluffy white stuff falling, yes definitely romantic.
Turns out adventure and romance can mix very well. Cleverly done Mt. Norquay. 🙂
Now grab your helmet and your headlamp. Dave is going to take you for a little ski in the moonlight.
What’s the verdict? Are you with me for cocktails in the cozy bistro or down for a moonlight ski with Dave?
Many thanks to Mt Norquay for hosting us. All ‘he was right and I was wrong’ statements and all opinions are my own.