Banff - Sunshine Village Ski Resort

For spectacular scenery, some seriously varied terrain and perhaps Canada’s most reliable snow record, look no further than Sunshine Village above Banff.

Sunshine Village sits around 20 minutes outside of the resort town of Banff. The slopes offer something for everyone – from the steeps of Delirium Dive and Goat’s Eye Mountain, to the gentle greens of Mt Standish and the high-altitude cruising of Lookout Mtn, the variety is impressive. Along with Lake Louise and Mt Norquay it forms part of the “Ski Big 3”, all of which are covered by the same lift pass and are linked by a bus service – although having a car will certainly help.

Why not explore Banff’s great skiing, along with the resort of Jasper, with Ski Club Freshtracks this winter? Our annual Alberta Adventure departs on 15th March 2019.

Our Banff - Sunshine Village Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Amazing snow record and great variety of slopes

Incredible views from the summit of Banff National Park

Banff is a great resort town, with plenty going on

Cons

Three ski areas set apart so bus rides or a car needed

Can get very cold and exposed – most chairlifts are uncovered

Wind can close upper lifts

Banff - Sunshine Village Skiing and Snowboarding

From the top of the access gondola, there is a great range of terrain to suit all abilities. For beginners, the slopes of Mt. Standish are perfect and there is good progression throughout the area – especially to the sheltered runs served by the Wolverine Quad. Intermediates will love the long runs served by the Continental Divide quad and the new Tee Pee Town Express – the only chair in the resort with covers and heated seats.

Advanced skiers and boarders should head up Goats Eye Mountain, from which a great selection of tough slopes drops from the summit. The jewel in the resort’s crown however is Delirium Dive, a seriously steep off piste zone within the ski area boundary, but special restrictions apply (you must have a buddy and carry avalanche gear) and you must enter through gates.

  • Total Pistes: 3358 acres (7748 acres in Ski Big 3)
  • Beginner: 20%
  • Intermediate: 55%
  • Advanced: 20%
  • Lifts: 12 (28 in Ski Big 3)
  • Altitude: 1660m – 2730m

Banff - Sunshine Village Piste Map

The piste map can be downloaded here.

Banff - Sunshine Village Resort

There’s limited on hill accommodation in the form of the ski-in-ski-out Eagles Nest and Sunshine Mountain Lodge, but we’d thoroughly recommend staying in Banff. It has a fantastic selection of bars, restaurants and things to do – and because it is mostly a summer resort, there is lots of good value accommodation during the winter months.

Up on the hill there is a decent après bar in the form of Trappers, but the action really is back in town. Look out for special daily happy hours, which don’t only cover drinks but food as well.

How to get to Banff - Sunshine Village

Direct flights to Calgary airport are by far the best option. Banff is around 75 minutes away by car, or an hour and a half via a bus.

  • Calgary airport: 1.25 – 2 hours (driving)

Banff - Sunshine Village Contact Details

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