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Alberta ski resort open for Canada Day thanks to significant snowpack

Thursday, June 30th 2022, 4:31 pm - Slightly cooler conditions will help keep mountain peaks covered with snow throughout the long weekend.

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Even though we’re well into the summer season, skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes in Banff Sunshine Village through much of the Canada Day long weekend due to the winter’s long-lasting snowpack.

This Alberta ski resort has not opened this late in the season since 1991, according to CBC News.

Plentiful snow seen at Sunshine Village on the village webcam. (Banff Sunshine Village) Plentiful snow seen at Sunshine Village on the village webcam on June 30, 2022. (Banff Sunshine Village)

“It has been a long, harsh winter for many Canadians, driven by a La Niña pattern that has brought unusually high levels of snow and below seasonal temperatures to parts of the country,” explained Jessie Uppal, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

“Thanks to a healthy snowpack and a delayed start to the warmth normally seen in spring and summer, many areas at the higher elevations, particularly the Alberta Rockies, have been able to take advantage of the extended ski season.”

The resort received over 900 cm of snow during the past ski and snowboard season and plans to stay open until July 3, depending on the weather and high elevation conditions.

“Opening for summer skiing is exhilarating for us. Opening for summer requires a magnanimous snow base, which we were fortunate enough to have this past winter,” Kendra Scurfield, Banff Sunshine Village’s Director of Brand and Communication, said in the resort's blog.

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“Although not a lot of additional snow is in the forecast, slightly cooler conditions will help keep mountain peaks covered,” said Uppal.

Thumbnail credit: Sunshine Village, village webcam

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