Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort

Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort

May 08, 2011 07:00 ET

Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort: Record Snow May Allow Canada Day Opening

BANFF, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2011) -Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort -

Record-breaking snowfalls at Sunshine Village in the winter of 2011 could mean the first July 1 opening for the resort in more than 20 years.

April saw a total of 150 cm of snowfall, smashing the previous number of 138 cm recorded in 2008 and double the April average. It the most snow in Sunshine's 41 years of record-keeping.

Since Jan. 1, more than 21 feet of fresh snow have covered Sunshine's slopes. The resort has announced that Goat's Eye Mountain is predicted to stay in operation until the May long weekend, as will Sunshine's famous five-km ski-out. (Both are weather dependent.)

The settled snow pack is still a mid-season-like 212 cm.

"We're going to have snow on July 1, there's no question about it," says Doug Firby, associate director of Communications for Sunshine. "A Canada Day opening would be a tremendous way to celebrate the season."

Sunshine most recently opened on July 1 in 1990. Guests said they've never experienced mosquitoes during ski season before. A final decision on the July 1 opening will be made in late June.

The mountain remains wide open, with all named runs open, including the world-famous free-ride terrain Delirium Dive and Wild West.

Sunshine's weekend outdoor live shows continue until May 23rd. On May 7th and 8th, featuring Country crooner Adam Gregory plays, George Canyon on May 14th and 15th. The Slush Cup weekend, named as Canada's best end-of-season party, is planned for May 21, 22 and 23. The 23rd is the big day when thousands gather to watch the brave and hardy attempt to ski across a massive pond of ice water.

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