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85th Annual SLUSH CUP - May 20th 2013

The annual Slush Cup is a long-standing tradition at Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort in Banff, Alberta.

In March 1928, two young men skied up Healy Creek to Sunshine Village. They were headed for a cabin built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The two planned to use this location as a break during their journey across the Great Divide.

The snow was deep and the two men, Cliff Whyte and Cyril Paris, did not find the cabin they were looking for and instead slept in a hollow they dug in the snow. They awoke the next day to poor weather and broke a trail over Citadel Pass. Their hardship became historic as they were the first people to ever ski the area, and the awareness of this great ski area in Banff National Park grew.

Later that spring, skiers played in the snow runoff, and so began the long standing tradition of what became known as Slush Cup. From then on, skiers would annually play and splash, laugh, drink and sing in the waters as the snow melted at winter’s end.

In the 1980s, the event was opened to the public and continues today with thousands of spectators gathering at the base of Sunshine Village ski resort on the Monday of the May long weekend to watch the competition.

The long weekend party starts May 17th and ends on Victoria Day. It features live performances, fun competitions, and the Molson Beer Gardens.

Slush Cup participants are encouraged to dress to impress – skiers and riders come outfitted in creative and original costumes, along with the skill needed to clear the chilly, slushy pond at the base of a short, steep run. Any participant gliding across the water in style will have a chance to win some great prizes. Prizes awarded include Awesome Air, Best Belly Flop and Excellent Enema.

Both Skiing Magazine and Ski Canada Magazine have ranked Sunshine’s Slush Cup as one of the top spring parties in North America.



85th Annual SLUSH CUP - May 20th 2013

 o Registration is first come first serve only

 o There is no registration fee although donations to Bikinis & Boardshorts – Ski and Ride for Breast Cancer are encouraged. 

 o All participants must be 18 years of age or older. 

 o Photo ID must be provided at time of registration which may include a drivers license, or passport only. Other forms of identification will not be accepted and if you forget your ID you will not be saved a spot in line.

 o There is no category for under 18 for safety reasons and sponsorship.

 o All competitors must complete a waiver and photo release at registration.

 o All competitors must attend a mandatory safety briefing at 11:30am at the finish corral.  

 o There will be a maximum of 65 entries and no exceptions.

 o Absolutely no poles, long skis or other items that may prove to be dangerous while on the course and entering the water. Only regular Skis or Snowboards will be permitted. All equipment will be checked prior to your run. It will be up to the starters to determine if you can proceed down the course.

 o No inverts, naked bodies, foul language permitted during the event. Proper clothing must be worn at all times. It will be the discretion of our event staff to remove individuals.

 o All assigned event bib numbers must be worn during the event. A number will be assigned at registration and bibs will be distributed at the top of Pando Run (access by Strawberry chair)  

 o After your jump is complete you must exit the finish area immediately and hand over your bib so we can continue with the event.