Overview of Sunshine Village, Alberta
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Sunshine Village Ski Resort is in the heart of Banff National Park, and it's beautiful. Ski Sunshine has 3,358-acres on three mountains. You start your day at Sunshine taking a gondola to the ski area base village at 7,000’ - very European that way. Given its elevation, Sunshine has spectacular scenery and snowy mountains in all directions. Sunshine is so big you vast it encompasses skiing on both sides of the Continental Divide - Alberta and British Columbia.
Sunshine Ski Area, also known as Ski Banff, is mostly above treeline skiing, big bowls, gorgeous groomed cruisers to gentle, sun-soaked runs on the Wawa quad. Of course Sunshine also offers some of Canada's s steepest chutes on Goat’s Eye and Delirium Dive – Sunshine’s double black diamond gated terrain. Best to hire a guide to ski Delirium Dive, you get a knowledgeable guide, avalanche transceivers and shovels, and most importantly - safe guidance down Delirium’s crazy staircase and cliffs. The Continental Divide Chair serves great wide-open groomers with sensational views, plus hike to terrain. New for 2016, the Teepee lift is Canada's only bubble covered heated quad serving this mellow ego-pleasing terrain on Lookout Mountain at Sunshine.
For a great on mountain table service lunch, go to Eagle's Nest in the Sunshine Village Mountain Lodge, casual fare is served with incredible views of Goat's Eye and the gorgeous Rockies.
Sunshine offers the only on mountain ski in ski out lodging in Banff National Park at Sunshine Village Mountain Lodge. We highly recommend this 70’s vintage lodge which was completely redecorated and redesigned in 2009 with an eco-friendly vibe, classy art-deco rocky mountain style.
Sunshine Mountain Lodge's West Wing is the best wing, the perfect floor plan for a family with huge windows featuring the view of Goat' Eye and the slopes. By 5 pm, all the other skiers head down the ski trail to the base, and you are left with the friendly Lodge staff and gorgeous alpen glow best viewed from the outdoor hot tub or the Eagle’s Nest dining room. You have no excuse not to make first tracks since you are already mid mountain, others must take the gondola from the base at the opening bell.
You must ski Banff's Sunshine on your ski visit to Lake Louise. Include a few days skiing here in a Canadian Rocky Mountain trip and perhaps a ski safari to Kicking Horse and Revelstoke with heli-skiing or cat skiing mixed in for adventure.
Very friendly locals, Sunshine Village was absolutely gorgeous, open terrain (less traffic), exchange rate value, shopping area was great.
I stayed at the Banff Springs Resort, and the hotel is like a museum. There is as much to do inside the hotel (including bowling) as there is outside.