Sunshine Village arguably provides the most thrilling skiing and snowboarding of any ski areas in the province of Alberta. It is located in the heart of the picturesque Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies about 60 miles due west of Calgary. The Sunshine Village Ski Resort is a popular destination for adrenaline-seeking downhill enthusiasts from within Canada and beyond. The high-altitude, reliable conditions, accommodations, and range of activities and attractions are just a few of the reasons why Sunshine Village Banff remains amongst the most popular ski and snowboarding destinations in Alberta.
The top elevation at Sunshine Village reaches nearly 9,000 feet with a bottom elevation of 5,446 feet and a vertical drop of 3,510 feet. There are 1,560 acres of skiable terrain where you will be able to enjoy everything from downhill skiing and snowboarding to Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, tubing, and snowshoeing. There are twelve lifts altogether at the Sunshine Village Ski Resort, including five high-speed quads. The well-coordinated lift system means that you will be able to spend an optimal amount of time hitting the slopes rather than waiting in annoying lines. Although only 20 percent of the ski runs at Sunshine Village Banff are designated for beginners, there is plenty of space for these skiers and boarders to learn in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Ski lessons are available for people of all ages and skill levels. For intermediates, there are 55 percent of the ski runs, and the remaining are divided up between single and double black diamonds. This awesome ski area gets around 360 inches of snow annually meaning that it generally stays open for at least 180 days every year.
Although skiing and snowboarding are the top attractions at Sunshine Village, there are plenty of other reasons to book a trip to this particular resort. The Sunshine Mountain Lodge is the only slope-side accommodation at the resort, providing easy access to the slopes from your lodging. This hotel is located at the point of base elevation for the main mountain (about 7,200 feet) and features an amazing array of amenities and features. It takes about fifteen minutes on a gondola system to arrive at this magnificent accommodation that provides startlingly beautiful views of the surrounding Banff National Park. Just some of the amazing amenities at the onsite lodge include a massive outdoor hot tub, a fine dining restaurant, a spa with a full-service massage menu, and a lounge. A perk of staying at the hotel at the Sunshine Village Ski Resort is that patrons have first access to the slopes without exception. Guests will also enjoy casino nights, movie features, snowshoe hikes, and a variety of other activities that are sure to make for an unforgettable experience.
Other services at Sunshine Village Banff include daytime cafeterias, lounges and delis, a ski shop where you can buy and rent gear, a general store, and a quaint tearoom. There is also an awesome terrain park with quarter pipes and half pipes. There is pretty much something for everyone at Sunshine Village. There are plenty of affordable accommodations in the surrounding towns, as well as a number of elegant lodging options, including spa hotels, and luxury inns.
Alberta is also home to a number of other notable ski resorts, including the renowned Canada Olympic Park.