Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort has confirmed that four quad lifts will be open when the 2011-12 season begins on Thursday.

The Strawberry, WaWa, Wolverine and Jackrabbit quads will all be turning.

The snow pack sits at 66 cm, and growing. Snow is forecast from today right through to the weekend, making for a potentially epic start. (Skiers and riders are advised to use caution; early season conditions mean there are some unmarked natural hazards.)

Following is a list of the runs that are expected to be available, starting opening day on Thursday.

Strawberry Express High-Speed Quad

The Dell Valley
Strawberry Face
Snowsnake
Boutry’s Bowl
Rock Isle Road
(Angel Gulley is to be determined) 

WaWa Quad

Old T-Bar
WaWa Bowl
Tincan Alley
Meadow Park 

Jackrabbit / Wolverine Quads

Miss Gratz (to Larch Glade)
Larch Glade
Short and Sweet
Fireweed
Jackrabbit
Banff Ave
Kid’s Play
Wolverine
Goat Chicken
Forget-Me-Not
Christmas Tree
Bluebell
Trappers
Juniper 

Get a jump on opening day. Sunshine fans can book into the on-mountain Sunshine Mountain Lodge on Thursday night for as little as $79 per room and catch fresh tracks Thursday morning. For details, call 1-87-SKI-BANFF (1-877-542-2633).