There’s two things I look forward to every May long weekend: wearing white again and Slush Cup at Sunshine Village Ski Resort. What is Slush Cup? It’s when adventurous skiers and snowboarders fly down the Pando Hill in crazy costumes, as they attempt to make it across a pool of freezing slushy water.

Sunshine and champagne: long weekend priorities

And away she goes!

Slush Cup

If you never participated in Spring Break shenanigans in college, Slush Cup is a good substitute. The weather is typically gorgeous, there’s a Friday afternoon party vibe that lasts all day and most participants are decked out in costumes for the competition. Technically Slush Cup (in its 90th year!) happens on Monday, but I call the whole May long weekend Slush Cup even though that’s not true.


Ooof! That’s gotta hurt.

As awesome as it is to watch all the face plants, belly flops and supreme splashes, I can’t always make it on the Monday. That’s why I’m hit Sunshine on the Sunday of the long weekend to catch the final acts in the Spring Concert Series. And if I’m being totally honest, I suppose I should admit I’m not going only to see the bands. I head to Sunshine because it’s they often have a champagne snow bar.

Veuve Clicquot_Sunshine Village Ski Resort 4

Après at its finest.

You know me, I love my bubbly. I adore champagne in all its forms: champagne truffles, champagne powder and especially, the real deal. I got hooked on the orange label when I lived in Japan over a decade ago. They were crazy for it because Veuve was the champers used in the movie Pretty Woman and if it’s good enough for a well meaning call girl, well….

outdoor champagne bar

There’s nothing better than sitting in the sun with bevvie and watching everyone else suffer.

So here’s the plan. I’ll do a few runs on Goat’s Eye, and I’ll throw in a couple on Angel for good measure. Then I’ll head over to the patio at Trappers Saloon and sort myself out with a glass of bubbly and a plate of appetizers. Don’t scoff. I read French Women Don’t Get Fat, so I know champagne pairs perfectly with everything except chocolate and asparagus.

women drinking white wine at outdoor patio in winter

Make it a girl’s day out. (Photo credit: Paul Zizka)

Could there be a better way to while away an afternoon than by soaking up the sun on an outdoor patio as live music wafts through the Rocky Mountains? I don’t think so.

If you want to join me slopeside in a little apres-ski, you know where to find me. If you want to check out Slush Cup on Monday, make sure you’re in the Village by 1:30 p.m. And don’t drink and drive. RCMP are all over the Sunshine road, as are Parks Canada peeps checking to make sure you bought your Parks pass. 

I’d love to hear what your plans are for the May long weekend. Please let me know in the comment section below.