A massive dump of snow from Mother Nature means the Mt. Standish high-speed quad will open Thursday morning at Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort.

A massive dump of 40 centimetres of new snow in the past two days has boosted the settled snow pack to more than 80 centimetres. Snow is expected to continue through to Friday, delivering another 13 cm.

Most of the runs are expected to be available when the lift starts turning.  

"We have Canada’s Best Snow, and visitors to Sunshine are going to see a lot of it," said John Scurfield, Senior Vice president Resort operations, Marketing and Sales. "This is what the Sunshine experience is all about."

This snow bonus means more openings may be possible by the weekend, officials say.

The Standish opening comes on the heels of the opening of the mini-terrain park on Wednesday morning. Riders were hitting the boxes and other features all day.

Mountain Manager Al Matheson, who oversees safety and ski patrol, notes that early conditions still exist. Skiers and riders are advised to be on the lookout for unmarked natural hazards.

Weather forecasters say the enduring La Niña effect could deliver yet another season of relentless, deep powder to Sunshine Village.

Some experts predict this season will bring lots of the white stuff to the ski and snowboard resort in Banff National Park.

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