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“Great runs. Check out the backcountry!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village
Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
+1 877-542-2633
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Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
Activities: Skiing
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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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“Great runs. Check out the backcountry!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Bring your avalanche gear and do the dive double diamond! Also, find the back country that is off to the right after the Strawberry Express lift I think it was.

Visited April 2013
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“Instant favourite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

I am from the prairies in Canada. I ski the mountains twice per year, generally Panorama, Kimberley or Fairmont. A last minute spring trip to Lake Louise and Sunshine opened my eyes, and Sunshine Village is now my favourite ski hill. It was busy, but it is so big that you really dont notice that much. Great hill, great facility, and best of all, they only read your lift ticket once - when you get on the gondola at the base. Top notch.

Visited April 2013
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“Awesome Rockies Skiing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Went for spring skiing at Sunshine, and it was fantastic! All areas and trails were groomed and some powder as well. Not many people around on Thursday and Friday, so parking was easy and trails and lifts were uncrowded. Had a crepe at the cafe at the village - yummy way to recharge your batteries during a long day of skiing.

Visited April 2013
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“Sunshine Village hidden germ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Just after Easter, we went to Banff for a short ski trip. We stayed in Banff at the Hidden Ridge Resort. It was a 20 minutes car ride to Sunshine ski area. We picked up ski tickets at Costco the night before as it costs us $200 approximately for a pack of 3 tickets (as opposed to $82 per ticket). The Gondola ride took us about 15 minutes to the peak. The snow was excellent even though the ground level was way above freezing point.

The hidden germ is the inexpensive dining at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge behind the day lodge. We had soup and desert at very reasonable price and great service, and much quieter than the day lodge. We ordered a side soup for $3 if you order a main dish. It is no more expensive than the day lodge but much better food and decor.

The snow condition was excellent even in spring. The green run on Mount Standish was open and gentle, and much to the delight of novice skiers. Try trail 53!

Next time to Sunshine, I will definitely book an overnight accommodation at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge even though it is expensive, I think it is worth spending a night on top of the mountain.

Visited April 2013
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“Great April snow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Had a fantastic three days of skiing with fresh powder on two mornings - no crowds ,skied right onto the lifts. Amazing conditions for this late in the season. We will be back same time next year!

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