Sunshine Village will reopen for skiing and horseback riding on Canada Day

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The ski season is back.

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It’s been more than a month since Sunshine Village celebrated the end of its already long season with its annual Slush Cup, but the resort town of Banff has – somewhat miraculously – announced that it will reopen for Canada Day this week.

It’s something that hasn’t happened since 1991, but a ton of snow throughout the winter allowed conditions on the mountain to remain skiable until June, so Sunshine decided to reopen from 28 June until July 3, hopefully.rd.

“Basically, we’ve had over 900cm of snow on our slopes this season and we ended up in June with a lot (a lot) of snow, so we thought ‘why don’t we see if we can open ?’ “said Kendra Scurfield, Director of Brand and Communications at Sunshine. “Thankfully Parks Canada has really partnered with us and is allowing us to reopen for summer skiing.”

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Due to Sushine’s unique layout, where the majority of the skiable terrain is high in the Alps and requires access from the gondola, there is still plenty of snow covering most of the resort’s runs. A cooler spring also helped make the reopening of Canada Day possible.

“It looks amazing,” Scurfield said. “I had the chance to make a few turns today and the snow is perfectly straight, soft and well groomed.

“When we open, we will ask guests to stay in maintained trailers to help protect the environmental integrity of (the mountain) and for their own safety. Much of the snow that has not been groomed has not been maintained since the Slush Cup on May 23, so we are delighted to have this opportunity, but we kindly ask for the support and help of our skiers and skateboarders.

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Sunshine isn’t sure exactly how many runs will be open during its summer ski week, but that’s beside the point, especially considering most resorts in Western Canada have closed for the winter season. beginning to mid-April. The fact that skiers and snowboarders are going to be making turns two and a half months later is crazy.

Strawberry Express will be open, however, and all the usual amenities – food and drink – will also work, and the terrain park will also have some features ready.

“At the moment we don’t know exactly how many runs, but it’s more about the novelty of being able to go out and say you skied on Canada Day,” Scurfield said. “It will be very cool to have skiers and snowboarders participating in Canada Day. »
For anyone with a 2022-23 season pass or a Big Three pass, and anyone with a 2021-22 season pass gets a 50% discount. For everyone else, it will be the cost of a Sunshine Sightseeing pass, which costs $59.

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