Delirium Dive ready for action

4th December 2009, by Chris Gill

Powder extreme [(c) Sunshine Village, Banff]

Powder extreme [(c) Sunshine Village, Banff]

Delirium Dive, the extreme terrain at Sunshine Village Banff, has opened for action – the earliest opening in its ten-year history.

Delirium Dive is one of two freeride areas on the north face of Lookout Mountain, above the resort. Silver City is the other, with a third area (Wild West) off Goat’s Eye.
Opened a decade ago, Delirium’s steep narrow chutes, cornices, cliffs and rock faces offer 600 acres of extreme in-bounds terrain. To ski its slopes you must have the necessary safety equipment – and preferably a guide.

This terrain isn’t normally available until much further into the season, but with the copious amounts of snowfall in western Canada right now the face is in good condition.

‘We’ve had fantastic snow this season enabling us to open the Dive earlier than ever before. Expert skiers and snowboarders will be very happy!’ said Dan Markham, of Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine.

The Dive’s opening adds to the varied terrain already open in the region. Whitehorn 1, A Gulley and Ptarmigan Shoots are open at Lake Louise, with great powder conditions. Last weekend Mt. Norquay opened the North American chair early, offering access to its double-black diamond runs.

Banff is currently enjoying some of its best early snowfall for 30 years, as are many of the western Canadian resorts. Fernie and Nakiska join in the fun and open for the season this weekend – both loaded with fresh snowfall.

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Delirium Dive, Sunshine Village. © Richard Hallman

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