Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Sunshine Ski Resort offers great scenery
Powder sometimes blows into Delirium Dive
Nice quality snow at Sunshine Village Canada
Sunshine Ski Resort Gondola
Goat's Eye Mountain
The mid-mountain "base" of Sunshine Village
Taking the easy way into Delirium Dive
The Shoulder at Sunshine Resort Canada
Taking in more of the views
The Rockies scenery is pretty impressive
Sunshine Mountain Lodge is perfectly ski in ski out
Sunshine Mountain Lodge
Sunshine Village Banff
Delirium Dive: a signature double black zone
Goat's Eye Mountain Sunshine
Sunshine Mountain Lodge provides a unique stay on-mountain
More vistas at Sunshine Ski Resort
Powder in Delirium Dive
Sunshine Resort Canada


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Sunshine4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews
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The Sunshine Ski Resort gives Lake Louise a good run for its money when it comes to the awe inspiring scenery. And Sunshine Village Banff definitely competes very strongly when it comes to a quality skiing or snowboarding experience. The Sunshine Village Ski Resort is potentially the best Banff ski resort because the terrain is impressive and the snow conditions tend to be a little superior to its neighbours.

The Sunshine Resort is a mecca for skiers and snowboarders. There’s plenty for everyone from novices to the most extreme skier, with the latter being able to access some nerve-wracking backcountry-type terrain.

Needless to say, another major drawcard of the Sunshine Ski Resort is the buzz of the nearby town of Banff and the splendour of the Banff National Park. Both Banff and Sunshine Mountain are incredibly popular and thousands and thousands of skiers and snowboarders flock there during winter. It’s not surprising that things can get a little crowded!

Pros and Cons of Sunshine Ski Resort

  • Sunshine Village Resort offers magnificent scenery in all directions.
  • It’s a major bonus that Sunshine Village has an on-mountain accommodation option, the Sunshine Mountain Lodge, unlike the other Banff ski resorts.
  • The proximity to the town of Banff and the other two Banff ski resorts is a plus.
  • The terrain is large and diverse, and many of the lifts are fast.
  • The snow quality and quantity tends to be better at Sunshine Village compared to the other Banff ski resorts.
  • Sunshine Village is popular and due to its proximity to Calgary, it can get very crowded on weekends. Don’t expect freshies in the main areas to last for too long.
  • The terrain has various flat spots that may annoy snowboarders, particularly when there’s fresh snow.
  • The resort doesn’t have that much expert terrain or good tree skiing.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • Like the other Banff ski resorts, it’s often brutally cold. This is awesome for the snow conditions but potentially not so good for your skin.
  • The high elevation of Sunshine also contributes to great snow quality, but the upper parts of the resort are exposed to the weather. Not sure who called it “Sunshine” because low vis days are somewhat common.
  • Staying on-mountain is rather special, but evening activities and dining options are a little limited.

Sunshine Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The Sunshine skiing terrain is awesome in many ways and it’s also pretty extensive. The resort has 3,358 acres (1,358 hectares) of skiable terrain with 115 named runs. It has 12 lifts of which 6 are high-speed quad chairs. The ski resort also has a high speed gondola, although this is primarily just for access between the parking and the ski area. It is possible to ski down to the parking lot giving the statistic of a vertical drop of a massive 1,070 metres, but this stat is somewhat misleading considering that in reality you only take the home trail down at day’s end. 

The “real” ski area is spread out horizontally across three mountains and the runs aren’t particularly long. There can be a lot of traversing, and some of the runs have some flat zones that are snowboarder traps!

The Sunshine Village ski resort terrain has plenty of variety with above and below treeline slopes, groomers, bowls, glades, and drops. The terrain park set up is pretty impressive too.

The trail breakdown is: 20% beginner; 55% intermediate; and 25% advanced/expert. There is more than ample choice for beginners and intermediates, and for advanced and expert skiers or snowboarders, Goats Eye Mountain is particularly fabulous with steeps, corduroy, bumps and gladed runs. If you’ve got appropriate avalanche gear, there are also extreme zones such as Delirium Dive and Wild West, although the latter is closed most of the time.

Sunshine Snow and Weather

The snow quality at Sunshine Village is very impressive, especially relative to the other Banff ski resorts. The temps are often very cold, the elevation is high, and often it’s cloudy, so the snow stays in great condition long after a storm. When it comes to snow quantity, the resort has some savvy marketing at play when citing the statistic for annual snowfall, which is “up to 10 metres” rather than the actual average. In reality Sunshine probably gets about 6-7 metres on average per season, which typically comes from small regular storms rather than chest deep dumps.

Where is Sunshine Ski Resort?

Sunshine Village is located within the Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, 15km southwest of the town of Banff Canada. It’s an hour and a half west of Calgary by road. The resort base is in the province of Alberta, but some parts of the resort are in British Columbia.

Banff Ski Resorts

Sunshine is close to the other Banff ski resorts of Norquay and Lake Louise ski resort. You can ride the three resorts on a tri-area lift ticket which includes transportation on shuttle buses from the Banff and Lake Louise area.


One of the distinct disadvantages of the Banff ski resorts is that you can’t stay on-mountain and have to travel each day to the ski resorts. However Sunshine Village is the exception whereby there is one accommodation option, the Sunshine Mountain Lodge, which is conveniently ski-in ski-out.

Otherwise there are lots of off-mountain accommodation options such as Banff hotels, Lake Louise hotels and lodgings in Canmore. These range from the upscale Fairmont Banff Springs and Chateau Lake Louise, to budget options such as hostels. Of course one advantage of staying off-mountain is that you can keep your options open, and have more flexibility to try out all three of the Banff ski resorts.


The ski resort has fairly minimal amenities, but these are more than adequate considering that the majority of visitors are day-trippers. The facilities include several dining options at the base and on-mountain, ski school, a few shops, an equipment rental service, and child care facilities.

If you stay in Banff, there are lots more options for facilities and services, including a vibrant nightlife and a fantastic array of shops to keep you entertained for hours.
Tours That Include Sunshine

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Pure Powder Adventure
9 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Skiing | 4 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Ride / ski with local guides to some of Canada's best powder skiing destinations including SUNSHINE & LAKE LOUISE (Banff, Alberta) & then on to BC - FERNIE, CASTLE MOUNTAIN and KICKING HORSE. Join the fixed date tour as a solo or small group OR get your own group together for a private custom tour.
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USD 3,030
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9-Day ULTIMATE Powder Highway Safari (Part 1)
8 Nights | 7 Days Skiing | 4-5 Resorts
Ability: Beginner to Expert
The ultimate Powder Highway safari. Experience the best skiing & boarding at Lake Louise, Sunshine & head to the epic steep & deep Kicking Horse & Revelstoke with a local guide. Explore the shops, night life and restaurants at some great ski towns. The guides handle everything so you can spend more time skiing!
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USD 2,358
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Champagne Resort Tour
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Skiing | 3 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
This trip hits the biggest & best, starting in BANFF, AB, with a day of either LAKE LOUISE or SUNSHINE (conditions dependent), then into BC & the steeps of KICKING HORSE for 3 days, then into the snowy Selkirk Range for 2 days at REVELSTOKE. Join a fixed date tour as a solo or small group, or book a custom private trip
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USD 2,555
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Heli Skiing Tours

Purcell Day Heli Skiing
1, 2 or 3 days of heli skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are heading to Kicking Horse you'll definitely want to add 1, 2 or 3 days of heli skiing with Purcell to your trip. Join a group as a solo or small group or pull together your own private group. You'll need to book well in advance.
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USD 1,423
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