Related Regions: Banff, Alberta, Canada, Calgary, Ski Canada, North America

Sunshine Village Resort Reviews

by: Stephen - 17th February 2008

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 1Aprés Ski
  • 3Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
lifts, terrain, space

Full review

Just returned (2/16/08)fm a glorious week in the Banff area. Took 4 friends who had never skied before. Sunshine is a great resort, however, the only complaint from the new skier perspective is that the jump between bunny slope and green, is a little off-putting to the cautious beginner. The mountain(s) are superb for everyone else, we had great powder, stayed off the more extreme stuff (which is as extreme as anywhere) in order to enjoy time with our friends. We had kids from 7-18 and both experienced and novice adults - we've all sworn to return again soon! Sunshine looked after us well, and I'd forgotten about the run back down the mountain into the car park - almost ski-in on less busy days! We also went to Lake Louise and Norquay, and Sunshine took the vote overall, although each provides different but enjoyable runs for all. Can recommend Sunshine as a resort to anyone, of any level, though the on-piste accomodation is very isolated, quite small, and misses the true apres-ski action back in Banff (8Km away). Loads of skiable acres, up multiple (fast) lifts and the gondola - just wish base camp didn't always seem to require a 100m hike to reach a lift or the lodge. Oh, and Sunshine afforded us the opportunity to take a few easy runs (for relative beginners), and 'nip off' for some quick fun in the powder and trees, at several points along the green run, and still feel like we were together. Sadly, the Exchange rate makes the cost for US-based skiers quite a bit more expensive on and off the slopes right now, I'd say eating & drinking is abt 50% over US resorts, or twice the price we pay in the flat lands of Texas. Lodging is probably 20-25% over comparable US locations.

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