Sunshine Village Ski Resort

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Overview

Situated high along the Continental Divide in Banff National Park, Sunshine Village is home to breathtaking views and one of Canada’s longest ski seasons. Sunshine Village is Canada’s highest elevated resort and is located in the heart of Banff National Park.

The ski area encompasses more than 3,300 skiable acres and terrain ranges from long groomed runs to steep expert trails.

Where Is Sunshine Village Ski Resort Located?

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 Ski Big 5 season pass or lift ticket.

The Sunshine Mountain Lodge is Banff-Lake Louise's only ski-in, ski-out accommodation. The recently renovated property includes 30 new rooms, a new lobby area, and the expansion of the Chimney Corner Bar & Grill. Large panoramic windows provide spectacular views of Goat's Eye Mountain from the lobby and Chimney Corner Lounge, and the outdoor BBQ deck area features a heated floor pad. The hotel is located at the top of a 15-minute gondola system and at the base of the ski area at an elevation of 7,200 feet. Amenities include a giant outdoor hot tub, fine dining, lounge, sauna, and massage service. Guests have exclusive rights to ski or ride for first tracks before anyone else, from January forward. Nightly events for guests include snowshoe hikes, movie nights, casino nights, live entertainment, tobogganing, and much more throughout the season.

Restaurants

Breakfast Places

  • Just as the name indicates, you can get your caffeine fix and breakfast at the Java Lift Coffee Bar before heading up the mountain. Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada

Our Favorite Lunch Spots

  • Stop by the Juniper Hotel Bistro for brunch while overlooking the amazing countryside. The menu even offers vegetarian and gluten-free options. 1 Juniper Way, Banff, AB T1L 1E1, Canada

Dinner

  • Eagle’s Nest Canadian Bistro offers an upscale dining experience with views of Lookout Mountain. Peruse their wine list to find the perfect pairing for your meal. 1 Sunshine Access Road, Banff, AB T1L 1J5, Canada

Après/Nightlife

  • With their house-made, small-batch craft spirits and campfire-inspired cooking, you’ll love the smells and tastes of Park Distillery Restaurant and Bar. 219 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada

Terrain

Terrain

Sunshine Village's terrain spreads across three mountains: Goats Eye, Lookout Mountain and Mount Standish. Goat’s Eye contains mostly expert terrain with challenging steeps, moguls and some tree glades. Lookout Mountain is home to some expert terrain towards the top with more intermediate and beginner trails at lower elevations. Mount Standish is predominately beginner terrain but contains some advanced terrain worth checking out.

The famous Delirium Dive is an expert's only area that requires avalanche equipment to enter. Delirium Dive is truly for the expert skier, and some lines end with mandatory cliff drops. This area and Wild West are considered to be some of the most extreme lift-accessed, in-bounds terrain in the world.

Total skiable acres are 3,360.6 acres with a base elevation of 5,450 feet and a top elevation of 8,960 feet. There is a total of 120 runs, broken out as follows: 15% beginner, 37% intermediate, 40% advanced and 7% expert. Servicing the runs are 1 gondola and 9 chairs with a lift capacity of 20,000 skiers per hour. Along with 3,510 feet of vertical, there are 2 terrain parks. The ski resort on average receives about 360 inches of snow. The ski season runs typically from early November until late May.

Inside Scoop

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.

Plan Your Trip

Sunshine Village Lodging

Best Time for Snow

Average Snowfall

60"
38"
25"
13"
0"
40"
Nov
47"
Dec
42"
Jan
43"
Feb
50"
Mar
25"
Apr
8"
May
0"
Jun

Terrain Overview

18%
Beginners Runs
26%
Intermediate Runs
48%
Advanced Runs
8%
Expert Runs
145
Runs in Total
5 mi
Longest Run
3358 ac
Skiable Terrain

Total Lifts: 11

1
Gondolas & Trams
7
High Speed Quads
2
Quad Chairs
1
Surface Lifts

Elevation

8957'
Summit
3510'
Vertical Drop
5446'
Base

Important Dates

November 10, 20222022/11/10
Projected Opening
May 21, 20232023/05/21
Projected Closing
194
Projected Days Open
202
Days Open Last Year
94
Years Open
360"
Average Snowfall
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