Think of it as the long lost friend you thought you’d never see again – even though it’s actually a Head ski.

Joe Gentile and Marla Gill-Gentile arrived at Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort prepared for a magical family day with their two children in this Banff National Park resort on March 31 of this year.

The Calgary family hadn’t figured on the incredible knee-deep powder they encountereMarla Gill-Gentile welcomes ski homed on their first run just after they exited the Strawberry lift and started downhill.

“We started to sink,” said Marla. “There was so much snow.”

Joe went to help their 7-year-old son, Luke, but as he did,  one of Joe’s skis popped off in the deep powder. The family searched for an hour-and-a-half, and even enlisted the help of a ski patroller, and their 10-year-old daughter, Cathy, but there was no sign of the ski.

Joe was heart-broken, says Marla: “He’d only skied on them a few times.”

That ski stayed on Sunshine’s slopes throughout spring and into the summer. Finally, on Aug. 21, a crew member searching for items lost over the winter discovered Joe’s ski, along with two others, in pretty much as good condition as it had been when they lost saw it.

"We're delighted to reunite this skier with this beloved item," said John Scurfield, Vice-President of Marketing for Sunshine.

“Joe is already happy,” said Marla, even before the ski was delivered to him.

The Gentiles can’t wait to get to Sunshine this winter to put the wandering ski to good use.