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Sunshine Village-Banff

Sunshine Village-Banff Ski Resort Guide

Sunshine Village-Banff, Canada

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift2,730m8,957ft
Resort Height2,160m7,087ft
 Nearest AirportCalgary International
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Sunshine Village-Banff

With slopes facing in all directions, Sunshine is one of North America's oldest resorts, dating back to 1928. Yet it has recently invested heavily in massive infrastructure improvements and renovations and even added a third mountain, Goat's Eye, serviced by some of the continent's fastest high speed detachable quads. The resort also boasts Banff's largest ski rental shop and the only ski-in, ski-out hotel. The snow record is so impressive that snow-making would be regarded as throwing money away. The resort has terrain to suit all abilities. For advanced skiers and snowboarders the Delirium Dive, the ultimate front country adventure with pitches of 40 degrees and vertical footage of 1919 feet. Delirium is located on the north face of Lookout Mountain.

Summary

The Canadian ski resort of Sunshine Village-Banff is in the Canadian Rockies at an altitude of 2,160m7,087ft.

Sunshine Village-Banff has direct access to 91 marked pistes, served by a total of 12 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 2,160m7,087ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,730m8,957ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Sunshine Village-Banff?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm1in, expected on 6 October.

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Ski Area Stats

Sunshine Village-Banff Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
69
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
20
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
21
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
12

Altitudes

Sunshine Village-Banff Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,730m8,957ft
Lowest Piste2,160m7,087ft
Resort Altitude (Sunshine Village-Banff)2,160m7,087ft
Max Vertical570m1,870ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Sunshine Village-Banff
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Sunshine Village-Banff Overview

There are few true 'ski towns' around the world, especially those with a choice of top ski areas on their doorstep, each with independent ownership. Austria's Innsbruck, Utah's Park City, New Zealand's Christchurch and Argentina's Bariloche are some of the few examples, Aspen grew up that way but with all the ski areas nearby now owned by one company some feel the character there has gone. Not so in Banff, where the Mount Norquay is the nearest to town and offers flexible skiing by the hour if you just have a little time to spare for a few turns. If you are planning a full day of skiing or riding there is much more terrain available at Sunshine Village.

Banff came in to being in 1883 when three railway workers building Canada's first trans-Continental railway staked a claim on the hot springs area that bubbled up there. It was named by a Canadian Pacific employee after his home area of Banffshire in North Eastern Scotland, although it doesn't look much like it! Two years later the railway was competed and soon afterwards the Canadian Pacific railway Company built the incredible Banff Springs hotel and Canada's first national park was established, the rest is history. The town has a reputation also for being extremely good value and having genuinely friendly inhabitants. It's particularly impressive that they manage to keep cheerful when you consider the 7600 'Banffites' have to keep smiling at more than three million visitors a year. The snow on the surrounding mountains is known for its quality and abundance which help Sunshine to open from early November to late May every year - one of the world's longest ski seasons. The experience of being able to spend the day in true wilderness terrain or modern ski areas and then the evenings in a lively resort also appeals to many.

The success of Banff as a world leading ski destination was laid out more than a century ago when Swiss mountain guides led parties of climbers on first ascents of the surrounding peaks and traversed prehistoric glaciers. In leather bindings and wooden skis they discovered untracked snow in wide-open bowls and meadows, laying the groundwork for what was to become a viable ski industry. Settling in Banff, the pioneers helped build trails then roads through the raw, rugged and largely uninhabited landscape and eventually they established hotels and businesses.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Sunshine Village-Banff is 8km5 miles long.

Skiing

Visitors staying in Banff have to choose between three possibilities every morning - to ski Norquay, Sunshine or Lake Louise. The three fixed lift ski areas together offer 6,000 acres and 200 plus trails offering skiers and snowboarders of any ability countless challenges. From wide-open bowls and tree-lined glades covered with fresh, dry powder, to meticulous groomed slopes and state-of-the-art snowmaking. Skiers and snowboarders can easily visit each ski area during their stay and then settle at the mountain that suits their style or choose a heli-ski excursion to find the truly untracked snow.

Sunshine is the oldest ski area, established in 1928 but has been expanding rapidly in recent years with seven new high speed quads. After a short ride from Banff, skiers hop on the world's fastest eight-passenger gondola ride to stunning upper alpine terrain with wide-open bowls and tree runs carved through the forest. The resort has terrain to suit all abilities.

For advanced skiers and snowboarders the Delirium Drive, the ultimate front country adventure with pitches of over 40 degrees and vertical footage of 1919 feet. Delirium will be located on the north face of Lookout Mountain. Sunshine Village also offers the only on-mountain accommodation in Banff National Park and services including pubs, lounges, dining, live entertainment and day care. The world's fastest high-speed quads dominate the three different mountain faces available to skiers. With close to 30 feet of snow each year and the longest season in the Rockies, Sunshine Village's 100 per cent natural snow is generally regarded as some of the world's best.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

With no surface lifts, plenty of natural hits and champagne powder Sunshine Village is a snowboarder’s dream. In addition there is a terrain park featuring a variety of jumps and rails and is easily accessible from Angel Express or Divide chairs. There is a snowboard park.

Location and Map

Where is Sunshine Village-Banff?

This ski resort is in the Canadian Rockies in Alberta.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Sunshine Village-Banff is Calgary International, 106 minutes drive away.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 12 ski lifts are able to uplift 25,400 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 2 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Sunshine Village-Banff open?

 Open from : November 9, 2020.

Usual opening is mid November.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Sunshine Village-Banff, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Sunshine Village-Banff Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Banff has a lively après ski scene with 50 or so bars and night spots, some of the most popular including Wild Bill's, Whiskey Creek, the rose and Crown, Paddock Bar and The Works Nightclub. The Banff Centre, which began life as a summer theatre school in 1933 is an internationally renowned cultural centre for the arts, providing resources and instruction to professional performing artists. The Banff Centre presents a number of events year-round, including music, dance, opera, theatre, films and lectures.

The last ten days of January traditionally sees the resort's famous Winterfest, which has run for more than 80 years. Events start to roll with the ever-popular Town Party (1500 people and five bands at the Banff Springs Hotel), and continue with the Snow Ambassador Contest, Art Walk, Bar Golf Pub Crawl, Wine Challenge, Snowboarding competition, Oktoberfest in January, giant tug of war, and outdoor snow carnival relay races, just to name a handful of the over 30 events which make up the Festival. The Annual Mountain Madness Relay is a local favourite - a five-person relay race from the top of Mount Norquay to Central Park. Other facilities available throughout the summer include a four screen cinema and night skiing is possible on Mount Norquay.

Sunshine Village-Banff