Elevation, latitude, and weather collide at Sunshine Village to allow the resort to run the longest ski season in Banff. Western Canadian skiers and snowboarders planning trips can get a pass for lift access for this spring.

Spring skiing and snowboarding cruises strong at Sunshine Village until May 20. Its location flanking the Continental Divide in the Canadian Rockies allows lift operations to continue a couple weeks longer than other Banff resorts.

Spring passes permit Western Canadians to get on the slopes at Sunshine Village for unlimited lift access instead of paying the window rate of $83 per day for adult tickets.

The spring pass costs $399 for adults. Skiing five days will get the value from the pass. If your local ski area closes down in April, you can get another month of skiing at Sunshine.

Other age group rates for spring passes run $299 for students and seniors or $149 for children. A midweek pass, valid Mondays through Thursdays, costs $299. Families with kids can benefit from the family pass for $799.

Skiers at Sunshine Village can pack more runs in their days this spring. Starting March 21, lifts stay open longer until 4:30 p.m. for the remainder of the season. Jackrabbit Quad stays open until 5 p.m. to give you time to grab a beer on the Trapper’s patio before skiing down.

Sunshine Village also pulls out the spring events: barbecues, live music, and the annual Slush Cup. Starting April 27, live music creates the scene in the village on Saturdays and Sundays. The free concerts run through the end of the season.

The final event of the season — the Slush Cup — will celebrate its 85th spring of splats into a pond. The Slush Cup takes place May 20.

Spring passes for Sunshine are available for purchase online here. For trip planning this spring, consult Ski Big 3 for lodging packages here.