Sunshine Village

Ski resorts in Canada
Not only can a person ski or snowboard in more than one Province in the Banff National Park, but they can also do it on a single run down the slopes of the Banff Sunshine Village ski area in Alberta. Located on the Continental Divide within the Canadian Rockies, this winter venue receives plenty of snow and offers plenty for guests to do while they are here.

Driving to the ski area is simple, as the Trans-Candian Highway 1 passes north of the resort, which sits east of Banff, Alberta. Banff has a local airfield, but the closest International Airport is Calgary.

One of Banff's Big Three

The Banff Sunshine Village is one of the National Park's three major ski resorts (the other two being Lake Louise and Norquay), all of which are near one another. Lodging accommodations include the Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Banff's only ski-in/ski-out hotel. Those booking rooms at the lodge will enjoy the gondola ride from the base area to the front door. Other locations off-site offer rooms also.

Two eateries sit in the base area, eight in the village, and one in Goat's Eye Meadows. Several retail centers are found on-site or down in Banff. These can provide the guests of the Sunshine Village ski resort anything they will need on or off of the slopes. Guest amenities at the lodge include the Verde Day Spa, a gym, and a hot tub area.

Tuning and repair services get everyone's equipment ready for a day on the snow, with packages covering things from sharpening to waxing. Knowledgeable staff will adjust boots, skis, and snowboards so that bindings are working correctly. The Sunshine Rental Shop has ski and snowboard items for those lacking them, including clothes rentals to stay extra warm on the slopes of the Sunshine Village ski area.

Ski and Ride in Style

The Banff Sunshine Village ski resort covers the slopes of three mountains (Goat's Eye Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and Mount Standish). Between November and May, visitors access the slopes using an extensive system of a dozen lifts. That includes TeePee Town LX, Canada's only heated chair lift. Being on the Continental Divide provides more than a great view, as the average annual snowfall around here is 360 inches.

The Banff Sunshine Village ski area is also home to four terrain parks. Each caters to various skills levels and interests, providing features that challenge skiers and riders as they perfect their freestyle form. Another popular activity besides downhill skiing and riding is snowshoeing the Sunshine Meadows. Gondola tours give a scenic overview of the Banff Sunshine Village ski resort and surrounding area.

A base elevation of 5,440 feet and a summit of 8,954 feet contribute to the 3,514-foot vertical drop snow hounds love. Guests at the Banff Sunshine Village ski area have 3,358 acres of terrain to play down, covered by 137 runs. Over half of the slopes (55-percent) rate as blue for intermediate skiers and riders with some experience. Beginners have 20-percent of the alpine trails rated as green for newbies, and the remaining 25-percent of the runs are for advanced (black diamond) or expert (double black diamond) skiers or riders.
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Sunshine Village Snow forecast

  • Friday
    0.04 in rain
    4 mph
  • Saturday
    0.08 in rain
    Partly cloudy
    6 mph
  • Sunday
    0 ft
    6 mph

Facts about Sunshine Village

Number of slopes:145
Easiest Green slopes:23
Intermediate Blue slopes:33
Advanced Black slopes:45
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:6
Longest slope:26247 ft

Lifts (Total: 11)
Lift capacity:  22000 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Sunshine Village Vertical drop
Highest Point: 8957 ft
Vertical drop: 3517 ft
Base Point: 5440 ft

Start: 7 November
End:25 May

Country: Canada
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Reviews for Sunshine Village

What do you think about Sunshine Village?
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Visited in February 2022. Three peaks and good lift system (only chairlifts). Approx. 25% piste, the rest was off-piste or unpaved natural snow. On a ... Read more (135 words)
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Spent a lot of 91-93 in Canada with a lot of skiing. Sun Shine is OK with great variety of slopes but with lift close to the offpiste http://www.e... Read more (52 words)
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In good weather a lovely facility. 3 different tops to choose from. Awesome ski ride terrain. Good park, right guess simply!

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Rider: Emelie Persson Photo: Christine Persson

Trail map

Trail map Sunshine Village

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Airports near Sunshine Village

Calgary International Airport
Driving time: 1 hour, 48 minutes (98 miles)
Distance: 76 miles