Sunshine Village, Banff National Park

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Ski way up on the Continental Divide at Sunshine Village, a ski and snowboard resort. With a feeling of wilderness and wildness (though just a 15-minute drive from town), the resort offers runs and routes for visitors of all ages and abilities. Thanks to 9 m (30 ft) of natural snowfall per season and an altitude of 2,195 m (7,200 ft), the powder here stays dry throughout. A large terrain park boasts a range of exciting obstacles, jumps, and bumps for the daring. Discover how to plan a Banff National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Great early season skiing! Only 20 minutes from Banff with the best earl season (and late season) skiing in North America  more »
  • Sunshine Village does a very good job of having an appealing summer visit. The Meadows is picturesque and worth checking out  more »
  • After much deliberation, I chose the sunshine village gondola as the one gondola ride on our Banff area vacation. I am so glad I made this choice. After a very long and lovely gondola ride, we continu...  more »
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  • Skiers in Alberta are probably divided by the Lake Louise fans and the Sunshine fans. I am a Sunshine fan. Great resort. Terrain is vast and awesome. Views are breathtaking on a clear day. Arrive early though, Don't want to park by the side of the road. It will take more than an hour to do your first run. Be there by 8:30 or go elsewhere.
  • Sunshine is a beautiful location and on clear days or when there is fresh snow it is decent to snowboard down, but there are a LOT of runs or kickbacks that you can really slow down or stop on, if you do not have enough speed, or you carve too much, or need to slow down due to lots of people around. Definitely has a bit more of a beginner feel to it, with some smaller runs but being be able to run from the top of Goats eye, down to the bottom of the ski out is pretty impressive, and feels great. The Ski out is really nice to do any part of the day, and the views running back up are still nice in the gondola too.
  • As a snowboarder this is my least favourite of the larger mountains I've been to in the west coast of Canada. The lifts on the mountain are pretty scattered with plenty of great black diamond runs. Unfortunately, mostly short runs. On a nice powder day only the steep locations will be enjoyable. The flat parts would require removal of bindings. On an icy day a snowboarder will be able to make it down to the parking by riding. However, on a nice powder day snowboarders will have to take the gondola down. This is because of all the flat spots.
  • Superb snow conditions really enjoyed my time skiing in Sunshine and my first visit to Canada. Staff and lift attendants all very friendly. Restaurant maybe busy but no real queues for the lifts. Runs to suit all levels of ability. And all the snow is natural. Could I choose between Sunshine and Lake Louise not really it's great that there is so much variety in the Banff area. We spent 2 weeks and Would love to come back and do it all again
  • I have had so many good skiing days here over the years - one just yesterday, in fact - that it is now impossible to count them. It's the only resort in the region that does NOT make snow, it's all out of the sky. Louise is bigger, but Sunshine is my favourite. Go early to make sure you're in the parking lot, lunch early to beat the crowds, and wear yourself out on incredibly varied terrain. The parking lot might get packed, but with multiple mountains and areas at your disposal you'll find that the crowds spread out a lot - there's very rarely a bad lift line. My personal favourite run is cruising straight down the blue from the very top of the Continental Divide on a sunny day; you feel like you could turn for hours!! The staff is friendly and helpful, and come spring time every weekend is a party on the hill. I'm incredibly lucky to have this as my "local ski hill," because this is world class.

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