Banff Sunshine, set at a base-area altitude of 7,200 feet, sits high on the Continental Divide in the heart of Banff National Park, and just a 15-minute drive from the town of Banff. Sunshine’s seven-month season stretches from early November until late May, making it the longest non-glacial ski season in Canada. Sunshine boasts 3,300 of skiable terrain, covered in light, dry snow, and offers everything from gentle beginner runs to big-mountain runs for advanced skiers and riders. Sunshine can receive up to nine meters (30 feet) of snow in a season.
Banff Sunshine Village is located 80 miles west of Calgary International Airport and 5 miles from Banff off the Trans-Canada Highway. Calgary International Airport is serviced by many different airlines, including non-stop flights from many American cities. Once there, you can rent a car or take one of the Banff shuttle buses. From Banff, there are daily shuttle buses between the town and the ski resort, which are free if you have a Sunshine Village or SkiBig3 season pass or lift ticket.
Head up the Continental Divide Express chairlift to Lookout Mountain and ski in two provinces on one run. Sunshine Village is Canada’s highest elevated resort with guaranteed snow conditions from December to May and an average annual snowfall of over 30 feet.
During the summer, you can catch the shuttle bus to the mountain to access its many hiking trails and alpine meadows. This resort features the only ski-in, ski-out lodge in the Banff-Lake Louise area: Sunshine Mountain Lodge.
Purchase the Marmot Card to get discounts on lift tickets at both Marmot Basin in Jasper and Banff Sunshine. You can also get free ski days as an additional amenity for buying the card.