Sunshine Village

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. 

Elevation

Base
5439 feet
Base
Summit
8956 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
3517 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

Gondola & Tram
1
Gondola & Tram
High Speed Quads
7
High Speed Quads
Quad Chairs
2
Quad Chairs
Surface Lifts
2
Surface Lifts

Terrain

Beginner Runs
20 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
55 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
20 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
5 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
137
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
4
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
5 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
3358 acres
Skiable Terrain

Opening and closing dates

Season Open Date Close Date
2017/2018 11/08/2017 05/21/2018 (estimated)
2016/2017 11/03/2016 05/22/2017
2015/2016 11/14/2015 05/23/2016
2014/2015 11/14/2014 05/18/2015

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 18 - 64 $87 (109 CAD)
Child 5 & under Free
Child 6 - 12 $34 (42 CAD)
Child 13 - 17 $68 (85 CAD)
Senior 65 & over $68 (85 CAD)
Season Pass $1,084 (1355 CAD)

Overall Rating

4.5 / 5 based on 7 reviews
Ben Lemon

Really fun place. Very easy to navigate your way around all of the runs as the majority of them funnel back towards the village. Goats eye runs give good options for more advanced. Lots of options for accomodation in Banff or Canmore.

Posted on Nov 21, 2017
Joel

I go there frequently and have been for a few years since I got back into skiing. I take my friends and family with me as well and I plan to visot as much as I can.

Posted on Nov 09, 2017
Andrew Long

Unfortunately had poor snowfall in the few weeks leading up to my visit, but otherwise had a great season. Good snow quality when we did have snow and fun layout of the resort. Good off posted opportunities

Posted on Nov 07, 2017
Shirley from Illinois

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.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007
Barbara Belaen

Beautiful powder and groomed runs with lots of terrain to satisfy the most experienced skier. Loved true ambiance of the ski town for shopping eating and resting after a day on the mountains. The people were most friendly with a smile and service for any needs you may have. Transportation to and from the airport and the ski area was well planned and accessible.

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Cole brittner

Love this resort, spent an entire season here when i was 19, absolutely fell in love with the terrain and the all round atmosphere. Great food all around the resort, and great drinks. Never leave here hungry or disappointed.

Posted on Nov 08, 2017
Nelson from Texas

Very friendly locals, Sunshine Village was absolutely gorgeous, open terrain (less traffic), exchange rate value, shopping area was great.

Posted on Mar 22, 2008