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Sunshine Village offers summer skiing for the first time since 1991. Nation World News

If you’re looking for things to do over the Canada Day long weekend, how about hitting the ski slopes? Sunshine Village plans to reopen a chairlift and adjoining run for six days starting Tuesday.

“People are excited for this out-of-the-world,” said Kendra Schuurfield, director of brand and communications with Sunshine Village.

“A lot of them are like, ‘Is this a prank? Is it true? Is this really happening?’ I’m personally like, what’s more Canadian than skiing on Canada Day?”

She explained that this is likely due to record winter snowfall and cold springs at Ski Hill in Banff National Park.

“Nine-hundred centimeters is one of our snowiest winters on record. The last time we had that much snow was actually in the 1956-57 ski and snowboard season. So it was a very snowy winter,” Skarfield said. Said on Sunday.

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It is the first time in more than 30 years that the resort has opened late in the ski season, and only the second time in the resort’s nearly 100 years of operation.

“The last time we did this was in 1991, after an incredibly snowy year like this.”

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Skarfield said that once the decision was made to try and reopen for a few days, the Mountain Operations team had to see what was possible.

“We needed to make sure we could get ice packs on again. The Slush Cup hasn’t been maintained since Monday – which was on May 23 – and so we’ve got to raise the ropes, put the fencing in place. And also working to make sure the resort is safe to welcome skiers and snowboarders.

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Some runs have been prepared and the Strawberry Express chairlift will open on June 28. It is expected to continue operations till July 3.

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“We are asking that all skiers and snowboarders stay on prepared trails because it is imperative to the environmental integrity of our resorts.”

Sunshine Village already welcomes people hiking and sightseeing to the mountain in the summer, and Scurfield said the Standish Express chairlift will be open to that as well.

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Tickets are $59. But anyone who buys their season pass for the 2023 ski season in advance can ski for free this upcoming week.

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