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Sunshine Ski resort, Alberta.

post #1 of 7
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Hello,

I was wondering what everyone thought about this ski resort? Also does anyone know where you can get to the good backcountry areas? I've been having trouble finding something I like out of bounds.
post #2 of 7
I used to get up to Calgary for business and always took my ski stuff and spent the weekend. I liked Sunshine better than Lake Louise. You're asking about backcountry and I have no idea if backcountry access exists. I liked Goat's Eye Area at Sunshine. If Goat's Eye is too tame there is Delirium Dive aea that is true super expert terrain. Looking over at Delirium from Goat's Eye confirmed to me that I didn't belong there.
I believe Sunshine's average snowfall per year is 400 inches and Louise 30 miles up the road is about 1/2 that amount.
Prospects for better snow I think lie with Sunshine. Louise has a lot of snowmaking on the lower part of the mountain however.
The town hill Norquay is a great place too. Skiing the tough stuff at Norquay is a heck of a challenge.
I missed not being able to ski there around business trips this year.
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Originally posted by roundturns:
I used to get up to Calgary for business and always took my ski stuff and spent the weekend. I liked Sunshine better than Lake Louise. You're asking about backcountry and I have no idea if backcountry access exists. I liked Goat's Eye Area at Sunshine. If Goat's Eye is too tame there is Delirium Dive aea that is true super expert terrain. Looking over at Delirium from Goat's Eye confirmed to me that I didn't belong there.
I believe Sunshine's average snowfall per year is 400 inches and Louise 30 miles up the road is about 1/2 that amount.
Prospects for better snow I think lie with Sunshine. Louise has a lot of snowmaking on the lower part of the mountain however.
The town hill Norquay is a great place too. Skiing the tough stuff at Norquay is a heck of a challenge.
I missed not being able to ski there around business trips this year.
I agree, i've been to louise a few times and didn't like it at all.

I'm pretty sure backcountry areas exist, but they're very hard to find a good time in so far (I've gone backcountry a few times, didn't like it, so im looking for a good part of it)

I went on delirium dive a couple weeks ago, very fun and nice run...lots of powder.
post #4 of 7
Great snow on Sunday at Sunshine, 210 cm base and 5 cm of fresh stuff. I don't think they've opened the new Wild West section to anyone but emergency personnel this year (still trying to figure out how and where to evacuate anyone who gets injured I believe). For those who don't know, the Wild West is on the North and West sides of the current Goat's Eye runs and is supposed to be more extreme than Delerium Dive. From the Gondola it looks like about 3 chutes flowing into a boulder field, so that might mimic the out-of-bounds experience. There were lots of folks hiking up Wawa ridge on Sunday (technically out-of-bounds, but perhaps too tame for your purposes).

Have you tried Kicking Horse? The new Feuz Bowl runs were taken over from a heli-skiing lease and require enough hiking to simulate the out-of-bounds experience, plus from the map they appear to funnel you into a narrow path between two permanently closed avalanche areas. What could be more fun than that? Fernie has a lot of territory beyond the ski hill boundary that is easy to access as well.
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Originally posted by sunshine03:
Great snow on Sunday at Sunshine, 210 cm base and 5 cm of fresh stuff. I don't think they've opened the new Wild West section to anyone but emergency personnel this year (still trying to figure out how and where to evacuate anyone who gets injured I believe). For those who don't know, the Wild West is on the North and West sides of the current Goat's Eye runs and is supposed to be more extreme than Delerium Dive. From the Gondola it looks like about 3 chutes flowing into a boulder field, so that might mimic the out-of-bounds experience. There were lots of folks hiking up Wawa ridge on Sunday (technically out-of-bounds, but perhaps too tame for your purposes).

Have you tried Kicking Horse? The new Feuz Bowl runs were taken over from a heli-skiing lease and require enough hiking to simulate the out-of-bounds experience, plus from the map they appear to funnel you into a narrow path between two permanently closed avalanche areas. What could be more fun than that? Fernie has a lot of territory beyond the ski hill boundary that is easy to access as well.
Yeah, i've herd that sunshine is the best it has been all season, I have a season pass there but wasnt able to go last week, and won't be able to go for the next 3 weeks because I am going to india for a few weeks. Wildwest does look really sweet, can't wait until its open to the public.

I'll go to kicking horse sometime, that sounds really sweet.
post #6 of 7
I'm going to be different and say the Lake has better terrain than SSV - you just have to know where it is since LL doesn't try to "extreme" it up by putting gates in. Some good b/c treks from SSV, though.
Kicking Horse would be the place if you're looking for lift-assisted touring options, open policy - just have avy gear and know how to use it. Single ride passes are available for the KH gondy as well, you should be able to see a multitude of hiking/skinning options from up there.
post #7 of 7
I take Lake Louise over Sunshine pretty much any day, like for example today. At Sunshine about 3 days last week while my nephew raced. It was Ok and got some good runs in Delrium. Hot and sunny the last two days and bottom of delirium and traverse out are probably taking a beating. Still skiing winter snow at the lake but less of it today. Much more and easier access to true backcountry of a more demanding variety at the lake. Pumpkin Peak, Hidden Lake, Pipestone bowl and Purple bowl to name a few. There is backcountry at Sunshine but most pitches aren't that long and involves longer hikes in and out. Kicking Horse certainly has a TON of access to the 'slack country' of the challenging type. Bottom of Kicking horse has to be taking a serious beating the last couple of days.
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