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“Greens are a little flat” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village
Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 877-542-2633
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Banff Tri-Area Ski Pass: Sunshine Village
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Owner description: Sunshine Village sits high on the Continental Divide in the heart of Banff National Park, and is just minutes from the mountain town of Banff. Three sprawling mountains provide breathtaking sitelines, uninterrupted by any signs of civilization beyond the resort's leasehold. Ski or ride in Alberta and British Columbia in one run. Sunshine Village's seven-month season stretches from early November until late May - the longest non-glacial season in Canada. The Village's altitude of 7,082 feet ensures the snow stays dry. Sunshine can receive up to nine metres (30 feet) of snow in a season, and it stays all year.
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“Greens are a little flat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I spent a week in the Banff area snowboarding both Sunshine and Lake Louise. I found sunshine to be a bit smaller overall with more flat areas on the green runs. It had been described by others as confusing because of the numbering of every section of a run. I tend to just sort of look at the map and see how I can stretch out a run as long as possible. The problem with this method at Sunshine is that every place where runs meet up, it is flat and wide open. However, given that this was my first time this season, I probably needed those breaks to rest before moving on. Later in the season, I could see this getting on my nerves. Overall, I enjoyed it. A fairly nice small mountain with lots of snow. It snowed there every day I was in Banff and when they got snow, they typically got more than Lake Louise. I stayed in Banff and got the SkiBig3 ticket 4/5 days. This got me free rides on the bus up to the ski areas. This was easy and convenient. The bus was nice and given that I saw people slip-sliding all over the roads, I'm glad I did not rent a car. It's only about 20 minutes from Banff to Sunshine. Food prices were a little high, but everything in Banff is a little expensive.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank TammyS3
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“Decent ski resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Skiied here for 5 days over the opening long weekend. The snow conditions were very good for such early season riding. It looks as if there is a large a variety of terrain to suit all skill levels, from gentle greens to cliff lined double blacks. There are also a number of short easy hikes to access some very nice backcountry terrain. It did get a very windy and foggy at times, but there are plenty of tree-lined runs to retreat to once conditions turn bad. One big issue is that the runs get VERY flat at points, sometimes even going uphill. The place is an absolute nightmare for snowboarders as they have to remove their boots and skate/walk a lot, on many of the runs.

Visited November 2012
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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“Great early season ski experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

While the snow is great for mid-november, the staff at the resort are what makes this such a great place to ski. Probably the most friendliest anywhere!

Visited November 2012
2 Thank Steve B
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Truro, United Kingdom
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“What a fantastic place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Stayed in Banff so caught the shuttle each day, drops you right outside, short walk to the gondola and 20min ride to the top, the first lift is about 20 metres from there and your off. My partner is a beginner but found plenty of runs for her and had we found the runs from the top down to goats eye sooner we'd have had even more fun. No flat spots there and a lovely section of Banff Avenue ideal for a beginner. Anyway fantastic snow, 11 metres, had a day in knee deep powder, totally new experience for us. Just an enjoyable place. Mostly took our own food but that's just because you can stop and eat where you like. Did stop for occasional lattes in the mountain cafe. We took shoes and kept them in a locker so you had that lovely comfy feeling on the journey home. One thing I did trip up on was dressing by the weather in Banff and finding it was a lot colder on the Mountain. Only made that mistake once.

Visited April 2012
2 Thank Ian S
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Clackamas, Oregon
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“The very tops”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

From the very top of the highest lift is one of the most beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, comparable to looking across top of the Himalayas. Long runs over easy to medium terrain, treeless in most directions, like skiing down a giant dome. Very broad so the other skiers spread out so far they are barely noticeable.

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