Yes! You read that right, this is not a drill! Banff Sunshine Village will be open this long weekend for Summer skiing and riding. As summer sightseeing and activities, you have come to expect.
Surplus snow in June
Originally planning to open for summer sightseeing only. Banff Sunshine Village has found itself with a surplus of snow this Summer. With over 900cm of snow falling on the slopes this past snow season. Leaving a deep snowpack long after the close of the ski season.
This means the resort is open for Summer skiing for the first time in decades. With the last summer long weekend of skiing back in 1991.
“With all the snow still high in the Rockies, we asked ourselves, “What’s a resort to do? And we answered LET’S OPEN FOR SUMMER SKIING & SNOWBOARDING!” joked Kendra Scurfield, Director of Brand and Communications for the beloved Banff Sunshine Resort.
Summer sightseeing and skiing
Anyone visiting the resort this long weekend will be able to ski Strawberry Express. Which will be open daily from 9am-3pm. All skiers and snowboarders will be required to stay on the groomed runs only. A small terrain park is also open all weekend.
Lift tickets are available for $C59. But anyone who has pre-purchased their season pass for the 2023 ski season can ski this upcoming week for free.
“We’re excited to open for some summer skiing and snowboarding once again. We’ll open Strawberry Express on Tuesday to skiers and snowboarders. Our goal is to open on June 28 and stay open (weather and conditions depending) until July 3. While we’re open for summer Strawberry Express will run daily from 9 am to 3 pm, and yes, we will have a small terrain park open.” continues Scurfield.
With temperatures hitting a top of 20 degrees this weekend. The Standish Express will be operating for sightseeing for those who want to see the summer magic of Banff. Taking in the warm weather and the unusual blanket of the mid-year snow.
“At Banff Sunshine Village, we’re lucky to call the Canadian Rockies home. Our mission is to operate a resort worthy of its location in Banff National Park. Opening for summer skiing is exhilarating for us. Opening for summer requires a magnanimous snow base, which we were fortunate enough to have this past winter. As summer skiing is a novelty, we are reminding all guests that the environmental integrity of our resort is paramount. We will actively patrol to ensure all guests stay on the groomed runs.” Confirms Scurfield.
Perfect weekend getaway
Banff is only 90 minutes from Calgary airport and is the perfect destination for a long weekend getaway.
Enjoy the warm days sightseeing or skiing in more comfortable ski conditions than you may be used to. Summer skiing offers a truly unique experience, with lighter layers and lighter luggage.
Spend the cooler nights by the fire with hot cocoa at Banff Sunshine Village. Allowing you to experience the best of every season in one weekend.
For more information about summer skiing and summer at Banff Sunshine Village visit Ski Banff.
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