Two more Alberta ski resorts are popping open this week. Sunshine Village plans to load its first skiers and riders on lifts Nov. 17, and Canada Olympic Park begins its regular season operation Nov. 18.
A snowstorm rolled through the Canadian Rockies this past weekend, dropping 40 centimeters of snow in two days. With that boost to earlier snow fall, Sunshine Village aims to open four lifts starting Thursday, Nov. 17. Those lifts include the Strawberry Express, WaWa, Jackrabbit and Wolverine.
While the resort plans to announce Wednesday which runs will be available for skiing and riding, the only ski-out will go from the village to Goat’s Eye. From there, skiers and riders will need to download the gondola. More snow is expected this week, which may make the first day at Sunshine a powder day.
Crews at Sunshine Village have been installing fencing to farm snow. Photo Courtesy of Sunshine Village.
Sunshine plans to sell reduced-price lift tickets. As more terrain and lifts open, rates will go up to the regular winter price.
The Sunshine Mountain Lodge opens Wednesday in time for overnight guests to ride the gondola up to the lodge and be first in line for the lifts that are opening Thursday. Specials for Nov. 16-18 drop the room price for passholders to $80 per night. Non-passholders can get lodging that includes the next day’s lift tickets for $120 per person. Rates for Saturday, Nov. 19, are higher. Reservations can be made by calling 1-87-SKI-BANFF (1-877-542-2633).
Canada Olympic Park plans to continue to make snow this week in preparation for its season opening Friday, Nov. 18. Photo Courtesy of Canada Olympic Park.
Canada Olympic Park opened limited terrain last weekend from Friday through Monday for a preseason bonus weekend. The ski area begins its regular season Friday, Nov. 18.
COP plans to run the Legacy chairlift along with the Silver Carpet.
“We are hopeful that Bronze and Gold Carpets will also be open, but it will be dependent on the weather this week,” Spokesperson Dale Oviatt said.
Cooler temperatures this week are allowing snowmaking to continue at COP. More terrain will open up as conditions permit.
The ski area plans to operate daily for the duration of the season. The lifts run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.