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April 1, 2013

There’s more than a little history behind the names of Sunshine Village’s ski runs

Sunshine Village has received 732 cm (288 in) of snow so far this ski season and with two months left to ski or ride, there is plenty of time to take advantage of the resort’s 109 runs. Ski resort trails often have unique names and the runs at Sunshine Village are no exception. Check out this top 10 list of popular ski trails and the history behind their naming.

1. The Boundary bowl can be accessed from either the Angel Express high speed quad chairlift or the Great Divide high speed quad chairlift. The name comes from a large wing-like shape that the B.C. border makes when it comes sweeping into Alberta.

2. Jerry’s Run, or number 46, was named after Jerry Johnson, an old ski instructor turned ski school owner who worked at Sunshine from 1960- 1976. 

3. Take the Goat’s Eye Express high speed quad chair to the top of Goat’s Eye Mountain and you will find Miss Gratz. Miss Gratz was a teacher and principal in Banff, AB who loved to take her students up to the mountains.

4. The Bye Bye Bowl located on Lookout Mountain is very steep, so if you’re not careful you’ll be sure to be saying bye- bye.

5. Forget-me-not was inspired by a love story. This fun, winding run off the Goat’s Eye Express high speed quad chairlift was named after a guide who had written a love letter to his wife. The letter was found many years later in a trunk surrounded by forget-me-not flowers.

6. The Jack-Rabbit run was named after the skiing pioneer, Herman “Jackrabbit” Smith-Johannsen. He was the inventor of the first pair of cross country skis and was a recipient of the Order of Canada in 1972.

7. Located on Mount Standish, and accessible from the Wawa quad chairlift, Tin Can Alley is a popular blue run favoured by race teams. When packers were hiking through the valley, they would throw their tin cans along this area. All of the cans have since been cleaned up.

8. Piste Noir (black trail) was the favourite run of the original trail crew which consisted of almost all French Canadians. Their nickname was the French Connection.

9. Located off the Mount Standish Express high speed quad chairlift, Donkey’s Tail can be found. It is a windy trail that runs between trees and rocks which reminded skiers of a donkey’s tail.

10. The black diamond run, Waterfall is located behind the Sunshine Mountain Lodge and becomes a beautiful waterfall once all the snow melts in the spring and summer.

For more Sunshine Village trivia, visit www.skibanff.com

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