You may remember the lovely images brought to you from Castle Mountain’s end-of-year “Slush Cup” festivities via Frequency Horizon (if not check ‘em out here). But turns out that was but a mere warm-up for the big show up at Sunshine Village in Banff, where their own event maintains a world-class aura and entertains hundreds more frozen liquid enthusiasts. Many didn’t even go up the lifts at all but just stayed in the chalets and beer gardens to enjoy the AC/DC cover band, energetic electro and short supplies of food.
Boarders shredded in everything from t-shirts and daisy dukes to vintage onepieces to bikini tops, creating an almost carnival-like atmosphere.
It was crazy to go up with a friend but then run into at least 10 other kids I know from the city. I guess that’s kinda the idea. Also sweet: my apparently cracked rib had finally healed.
Because you have to ride a gondola just to get to the base of the mountain there is a really great dynamic to the “village.” People from all over the world hang out and hit various runs in a closed environment.
It’s not so much that there isn’t enough snow for the hill to stay open for a lot longer, but it has more to do with the the fact that the visas of the liftie contingent of Aussie and Euro workers tend to expire, from what I understand.
The weekend warriors and lift lifers were all here for one last kick at the can with the friends we’d made over the course of the season.