The three resorts of Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine own spring festivities. While that may be a bold statement, the fact is our season runs until mid-May and we are still enjoying warm sunny days on the slopes finished off with pints on sun-drenched patios when most ski hills have turned into pumpkins (i.e. sad grassy knolls waiting for the next ski season). There is definitely something to be said for being the last man standing! So here is your guide to the events you shouldn’t miss this spring ski season:
The Sound of Music
There is something instantly jovial about live music. Whether it reminds you of most of your Saturday nights out or the last really good wedding you went to, having a live band creates the perfect ambiance for an afternoon of fun. To further foster that feeling, both Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village open outdoor beer gardens in their base areas so skiers and boarders can finish a day on the slopes with a bevy in the sun and, if inspired, dancing to pumping tunes. Sunshine Village’s Spring Concert Series started on March 28 running every Saturday and Sunday until the end on the season on May 18th. It features either DJs or bands playing in front of Mad Trapper’s Saloon each weekend. The equivalent at The Lake Louise Ski Resort is their Spring Music Sessions running weekends from April 4th to 19th.
The warm spring temperatures mean we can finally leave some of the bulkier layers at home – this is great news for anyone who loves to show some skin or, conversely, enjoys seizing each and every costume opportunity. Mount Norquay gives those with a flair for the dramatic plenty of opportunity to dress up. Its time to dig deep into your tickle trunk – or maybe just to the back of your closet – for Mount Norquay’s ‘80s Day on April 18th. Bring out your neon, your tightest pants and that Sun Ice jacket with shoulder pads you haven’t worn in a while and shred to a soundtrack that will take you back!
If costumes aren’t your thing and stripping down is more your speed, both Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village hold a Bikinis for Breast Cancer fundraiser on May 2nd and May 17th respectively.
Finishing the Season with a Bang
Closing weekend at each of the resorts is jam packed with activities. Mount Norquay’s above mentioned ‘80s Day kicks of their final weekend and overlaps with their Rob Bosinger Memorial Weekend running April 17th to 19th. Also known as the 10th Annual Bozo Cup and Felix Belcyk Kinder Cup, $10,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs in a series of races for the young and old alike. If speed isn’t your strong suit, don’t be discouraged! There are prizes for everything from the slowest teams to the best costume and you can always just sit back and settle into the beer garden to watch the festivities.
Lake Louise is celebrating the wind down of season with Shake the Lake on April 25th, a Redbull sponsored big air event, where pro snowboarders will throw down their biggest and best tricks on a massive feature built at the village. DJs will be spinning from the Kokanee Kabin deck so you can grab a bevy and watch the show all with some tunes. Once the sun goes down, the party moves into the Lodge of the Ten Peaks where KROWD clothing will put on a light show and DJ set sure to get you dancing along. For tickets click here.
Sunshine Village is the last to shut down the lifts. On May 18th, the 87th Annual Slush Cup will celebrate the end of the season with a pond skimming contest that is always a good laugh. If you plan to watch from the beer garden get there early as there is standing room only by early afternoon and you may not get inside unless you park your board or skis well before the pond skimming antics start.
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