Sunshine Village sits high on the Continental Divide in the Banff National Park, a 15-minute drive or shuttle bus from the cosy mountain town of Banff. Three sprawling mountains provide breathtaking views, uninterrupted by any signs of civilisation beyond the ski resort. Sunshine is one of the SkiBig3 resorts, along with tiny Norquay which sits on the hillside above Banff, and Lake Louise which is another half-hour further away from Banff. Visitors either base themselves in Banff and visit all three resorts over their stay, or have a few days each in Sunshine and Lake Louise.
Sunshine is a great expert resort, with extensive, steep and varied black runs all over the mountains, and ‘extreme zones’ that really are extreme – designated mountainsides that freeriders must book to enter. There’s enough terrain here to satisfy intermediates and beginners too.
A long gondola whisks skiers up to Sunshine Village at 2160m, where people can stay in the ski-in, ski-out Sunshine Mountain Lodge, complete with good restaurant, outdoor hot tub and luggage transport from the valley. There’s nothing else up here though, so a few days is probably plenty. Most people choose to stay in Banff though, which has all the food, drink and things-to-do options you’d expect from a thriving tourist town.