The second easiest route in The Wild West Area of Banff Sunshine. Very tight and quite steep

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Description

Located off the Sunshine Coast intermediate run on Goat’s Eye Express; The Wild West, like Delirium Dive, is an extreme freeride ski and snowboard zone.

Just like an old western, you’ll need to gain entry to the area through a centennial guarded gate.

To ride the coveted steeps, skiers and snowboarders are required to ride with a buddy, to have avalanche gear (beacon, probe, shovel, pack), and know how to use the equipment. Now before you “ski how the west is rode” here are a few things you’ll need to know.

Different from the Dive, The Wild West is something of a slow burn.

At first, you’re ushered into a powder utopia.

The perfect pitch and deep snow temps and teases you as you’re led to the chutes.

The Wild West is Sunshine's most technical ski terrain, and comfort in Delirium Dive is recommended before upping the ante to ride The West. In an ode to Banff’s “wild west” early days, each of the runs within The lines in The Wild West have been named after mavericks of Banff’s early.

Wheeler’s, Peyto’s, Luxton’s, and Engler’s.

Bill Peyto was the original mountain man and Banff’s first Park warden.

You could say, he’s a “big deal” as his image to this day still greets you as you enter the town of Banff.

While Peyto's is one of the easier chutes in the area (at least in comparison to Luxton's and Engler's), there is nothing facile about Petyo's.

The bridge is narrow and rocky, the chute is tight, and you will be faced with mandatory air.

Peyto's will certainly push most out of their comfort zone. To get to Peyto's, enter The Wild West Gate accessed off the Goat's Eye Chair via the blue run Sunshine Coast.

It's here that you'll have your avy gear checked.

Traverse far right until you reach the most prominent gully.

This gully is Peyto's.

The gully will start out pretty mellow and wide open but will quickly narrow into a very tight couloir towards the bottom that in some years may require some mandatory straight-lining.

Because of this choke at the end, Peyto's can be considered far more challenging than Wheeler's.

After the narrow couloir section, you'll plunge into the trees and then eventually meet up with the runs that lead back to Sunshine's base area where you can take the Gondola and the Goat's Eye Chair to lap this area again!