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Skiing & Snowboarding Re-Start in Sunshine Village for Canada Day

Some slopes are now open and they will hopefully stay open to Sunday July 3rd. Friday July 1st is Canada Day. The resort hasn’t opened at this time of year for over three decades. UPDATED

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1991 was the last time the resort was able to open some slopes for Canada’s national day.

After heavy winter snowfall there is enough on the slopes this year to fire up some lifts to celebrate Canada Day.

“Skiing today was a dream come true!” said the resort.

Here’s what it currently looks like:

“If you are joining us for skiing or riding this summer, please be sure to stay on the groom trails,” advised the resort.

“This is essential to our summer ski operation and in place for your safety and the environmental integrity of our resort.”

“Basically, we had over 900 cm of snow on our slopes this season and we found ourselves in June with a (lot) of snow, so we thought why don’t we see if we can open?” said Kendra Scurfield, brand and communications director at Sunshine village to local media ahead of the opening.

“Fortunately, Parks Canada has been really collaborative with us and is letting us reopen once again for summer skiing.”

“We needed to make sure that we could get the snow pack down again.

“It hasn’t been maintained since Slush Cup Monday, which was on May 23rd, and so we also are working to get ropes up, fencing in place and just making sure that the resort is safe to welcome skiers and snowboarders.”

Much of the skiing and snowboarding at the resort is at a high altitude reached by a long gondola.

Only a few runs are open, but for most people it will simply be so they can say they have been on the slopes on Canada Day.

Strawberry Express is running and the terrain park has some features on offer.

The main restaurant is also open serving food and drink.

Tickets are $59, however anyone who’s already pre-purchased a 2022/23 ski season ski pass can ski for free.

Sunshine Village remains one of PlanetSKI’s favourite resorts in North America.

See here for why:

Sunshine Village, Banff

Sunshine Village, Banff. Image © PlanetSKI.

Elsewhere in Canada the glacier at Whistler/Blackcomb is open, but for clubs only and the area is not open to the general public.

Canada Day marks the occasion when, on July 1st 1867, the British Parliament introduced the British North America Act that lead to the creation of independent Canada.

Canada

Canada. Image © PlanetSKI.

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