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Thread Starter 
Hi. I'm planning on heading to Sunshine for the weekend in two weeks time. Any idea what the snow conditions are like at the moment? Is everything open? Is everything likely to be open in a couple of weeks time? It's trees, bumps and blacks I'm interested in, rather than the groomers.
Thanks!
post #2 of 11
Sunshine Village in Banff? I'm a bit confused by the reference to Sunshine Mountain in the subject line.
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Regional snow stats

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Snow conditions in Sunshine are irrelevant...  No real skier should ever ski there while the current owners are still in charge.  BOYCOT SUNSHINE!

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi. So what do you suggest? I'm looking for somewhere I can get to from Toronto and back for a w/e skiing, without leaving work before 5pm on Friday and being back Sunday night/for work on Monday. Looking for some challenging skiing whee I can get a private instructor/guide. (I did the Steep and Deep Camp at JH last year and had a blast, but don't have the time to go back.)
By the way, what is the problem with Sunshine if you don't mind me asking?
Thanks
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This story has been brewing and gathering a lot noise on the internet, however I’ve been too busy skiing in the last 10 days and too caught up at work and dealing with my daughter’s ski racing to follow this story adequately. Mind you, we’ve really only heard one version of the story and it doesn’t paint a good picture of the situation.

In a nutshell…

- skiers are busted by the ski patrol skiing a closed out-of-bounds avy area.
- one of the person busted is the son of the owner’s of the ski area. “Do you know who I am type moments” as if it’s has anything to do with it.
- four senior long term employees which included Mountain Operations Manager, Snow Safety Manager, Lift Operations Supervisor, and Chief Patroller are fired 12 days after the incidence.
- The ski patrol that busted the illegal party is also fired.
- One day protest over the firing…then others are fired.
- Lawsuit by fired employees.

post #7 of 11

TOTALLY NOT trying to derail this thread, but at the risk of doing so..............any FACTUAL update on the situation/lawsuit??

 

To the OP:  Banff is getting dumped on right now.  Conditions look great, you should be fine at either Sunshine or Louise.  It's certainly doable for a weekend from Toronto, I've done it myself.  Out Friday, back in time for work on Monday.

post #8 of 11

over 50cm new this just this week, still snowing, add to that the wind drift infill and I'm sure you'll have a good time. If it's socked in go to Louise. 

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TOTALLY NOT trying to derail this thread, but at the risk of doing so..............any FACTUAL update on the situation/lawsuit??

 

To the OP:  Banff is getting dumped on right now.  Conditions look great, you should be fine at either Sunshine or Louise.  It's certainly doable for a weekend from Toronto, I've done it myself.  Out Friday, back in time for work on Monday.


Most of the actual court documents are posted here:

 

Sunshine Village Case – Court Documents

Pretty interesting, but very long read for those that really do want to hear both sides of the story.

post #10 of 11

It would seem that Fernie fits the OPs criteria and is about a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from the Calgary airport.

 

Sunshine was never my cup of tea...too much flat light, but I understand that they have improved the place substantially since I last was there in the 1970s. Then there is the "Obnoxious Owner" boycott thing.

 

Lake Louise has fabulous terrain but does not get a ton of snow and is best skied in the Spring imo.

 

My suggestion is book the flight to Calgary and make the decision Banff or Fernie at the very last minute based on conditions upon arrival in Calgary.

post #11 of 11

And only if your up to adding another 5+ hours of traveling time onto the 2-4 hour flights plus airport time for 2 days of skiing. 

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