Banff

Ski resorts in Canada
Located in Alberta's Rocky Mountains, the Banff National Park is home to three resorts, including Banff Sunshine Village. Tourism is king in the region, with the winter venue and surrounding area offering all the amenities visitors will need. The three mountains that make up the winter resort make it one of the most popular skiing destinations in Canada, and it has a reputation that reaches around the globe.

Alberta Provincial Highway 1 will take motorists to the ski venue, located on the Continental Divide west of Calgary. The Calgary International Airport handles air traffic coming into the Province and is the largest facility nearby.

Straddling the Divide


Location is everything, and the Banff Sunshine Village ski resort proves that with ideal alpine recreation. Moisture moving east from British Columbia drops lots of snow in this part of the Canadian Rockies. The resort gets more snowfall than its neighbors because it straddles the Continental Divide, with average annual snowfall amounts of 360 inches.

The ski resort does not maintain snowmaking equipment but employs "snow farming" instead. It involves using snow fences to build mounds of snow that can then be moved into place using grooming equipment. Using this technique with the natural conditions allows the staff to maintain a good base for skiers and riders to enjoy.

The Banff Sunshine Village ski area is about 90-minutes away from Calgary, meaning that the region has to provide plenty of services for the high volume of tourists. Lodging is available on-site at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge. Several dining options at the base, in the village, or Goat's Eye will keep guests fueled and satiated. Shopping is covered by several outlets on the slopes, in Calgary, or online.

The Rental Center offers skis, boards, and even clothing. If visitors need a tune-up or want to replace broken components, the staff offers several services.

From Summer Camp to Winter Fun


The Banff Sunshine Valley ski resort began development as a summer camping site. It didn't take long for alpine enthusiasts to develop resources that skiers could use for downhill entertainment. Today's resort offers several activities for guests when they are not on the slopes. That includes the Verde Day Spa, Angel and Standish Sightseeing, and Snowshoeing the Sunshine Meadows area.

Snow hosts are a park-rat's dream, offering tours daily that teach intermediates how to take on new challenges and terrain challenges on the slopes. These tours are available for blue trails and blue/black trails. Day locker rentals, lost and found, or child care can make skiing and snowboarding less of a hassle and are things visitors expect at top-tier ski resorts.

The Banff Sunshine Valley ski resort nestles between Goat's Eye Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and Mount Standish. There are 3,358 skiable acres to explore here, which can feel overwhelming for first-timers. Those mountains have roughly 120 runs that rate as green/beginner (15-percent), blue/intermediate (37-percent), black diamond/advanced (40-percent), and double black diamond/expert (7-percent).

That Continental Divide terrain breakdown draws ski bums from across the world to Banff Sunshine Valley. About a dozen lifts operate at Banff Sunshine Valley.
Banff includes the ski resorts Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village

 

Facts about Banff

Number of slopes:133
Easiest Green slopes:5
Intermediate Blue slopes:25
Advanced Black slopes:67
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:36
Longest slope:16404 ft
Total length of pistes:124.3 miles

Lifts (Total: 30)

Vertical drop
Banff Vertical drop
Highest Point: 8957 ft
Vertical drop: 3589 ft
Base Point: 5367 ft

Cross country skiing
Tracks:1.9 miles
Lit tracks:0 miles
Artificial snow:0 miles

Country: Canada
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brink
10/05/2011
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Banff is 1.5 hours by car from Calgary. Stan is completely complete and you therefore live best there. A 4x4 car is recommended to transport to the Su... Read more (313 words)
BEAR
21/03/2004
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are there any words for such a place ?, I doubt. First, I can make a brief statement. sunshine go and drink dough, or throw yourself in the wall. LL ... Read more (101 words)
banff_rocks
13/01/2004
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Banff is absolutely amazing where in April all the backs were open in the sunshine even in lake louise. It was snowing almost every evening The offpis... Read more (158 words)
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12/10/2003
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JAg was there last year in February. I can only notice after many days with 50 cm cushions that Banff is the best !. Yo'll go there this year again. W... Read more (60 words)
maridubbelman
04/10/2003
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Banff is an incredibly beautiful city and the ski system is superb! The people are incredibly nice, polite, friendly .. there is nothing negative to s... Read more (87 words)
Speedynix
04/10/2003
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What in March and it was snowing every night after March 10th it was best the rest of March 03! the sun / village was a bit B while Lake Louise was th... Read more (109 words)
Per_Formance
22/04/2003
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The resort of Banff is one of the few resorts in Canada that has a party factor. Much accommodation in varied price ranges, several hostels. Bus to th... Read more (89 words)
Smogen
27/03/2003
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Spent my Spring Break in Banff on the sweethearting (no cigarettes they do not smoke here) Backpacker Youth Hostel. Well, cheap accommodation was iaf.... Read more (158 words)
Jonas_e
17/01/2003
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Both Lake Louise and Sunshine are faded Lindvallar, just a lot of people. Sunshine has giant dining flooring for those who are going on such things. G... Read more (34 words)
Ove Lundqvist
Ove Lundqvist (Guest)
27/03/2001
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I was there in 1997 living in a superb hostel in Lake Louise. It is located next to the hotel area located at Lake Louise Tourist Office. Skiing is re... Read more (60 words)
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Trail map

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Nearby ski resorts

Mt. Norquay2.5 miles
Sunshine Village9.3 miles
Nakiska Ski Area24.2 miles
Lake Louise31.7 miles
Panorama Mountain57.8 miles
WinSport59 miles
Kicking Horse64.6 miles
Kimberley104.4 miles

Airports near Banff

Calgary International Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 37 minutes (88 miles)
Distance: 68 miles