SBC Ski and Snowboard Resort Guide just came out with its best ski resorts edition. Sunshine Village was one of the Top 5 freeride spots in the world, thanks to the Wild West and Delirium Dive. (Note: Silver City is no longer open to the public.)
With a base elevation hovering over the summits of many resorts, and your average day of logging laps sitting somewhere in the vicinity of 7,090 feet, the oldest ski area in North America gets blower powder lighter and drier than anything found west of Banff. That’s why Sunshine has been relying solely on natural snow since its first runs were cut way back in 1926.
Its rugged Rocky Mountain terrain runs the gamut from wide-open high-alpine bowls and narrow chutes to its lower flanks of treed shots funneling down to the bottom. But for diehard freeriders, Sunshine’s true piece de résistance is its trio of controlled freeride zones – Delirium Dice, Silver City and Wild West – that unlock monolithic bands of no-fall zones, including 40-degree faces, wiry spines and sphincter-puckering rock-peppered cliffs. The de facto benchmark of big mountain grist, when Sunshine first set the precedent of safely controlling backcountry area, opening up what’s arguably the most challenging inbounds terrain found anywhere, it undeniably secured itself a coveted spot on the destination wish list of diehard skiers and snowboarders all over the world.