Sunshine Village runs the longest ski season in Alberta and one of the longest in Canada. The resort's lifts in spring operate as long as Whistler Blackcomb. With lifts turning daily through May 21, skiers and snowboarders have ample time to play on the snow.

To hop on the lifts at Sunshine this spring, skiers and snowboarders can use the spring pass. It is available to residents of Western Canada.

Spring passes are valid for skiing March 20 through May 21, 2012. They go on sale starting March 1. Sunshine’s spring pass varies in price, depending on age. But most of the passes pay for themselves with five days of skiing or riding.

The adult spring passes cost $377. Youth, student, senior, and midweek passes for spring cost $297. Child passes cost $147. The spring family pass costs $797.

Sunshine Village on New Years Day 2012

Spring passes come with the buddy pass perk to get four buddies on the slope. Photo by Sean Hannah.

Those who purchase the spring pass can take advantage of a new buddy special. Passholders can bring up to four friends or family members for $50 each. If one buddy is a child, the ticket price drops to $20.

Buddy tickets can be used Mondays through Fridays until March 31, 2012. It’s a one-time deal with all four buddies on the same day.

Sunshine’s daylight keeps getting longer in spring, so the ski area spins the lifts later in the day for skiers and riders. Starting March 31, the lifts run 30 minutes longer each day until 4:30 p.m.

For more details, call 87-SKI-BANFF or look here: spring passes, buddy passes.