Within Sunshine Village
Three Ski Mountains
Over 30 feet of Snow Annually
Sunshine Village....Banff's world-famous resort began humbly with a single log rest cabin built 75 years ago in 1928 by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).
It was a stopover for horse trekkers traveling in the Canadian Rockies. Cost: $300.00. Back then travelers were spellbound by the magnificent scenery. They couldn't believe the beautiful powder snow from November till May. A reputation that is what Sunshine Village is all about.
Back in 1934, two runs a day was more than enough to handle. Sunshine's first owner Jim Brewster recognized the potential. He leased the expanded cabin for the CPR, and charged guests $30.00 for a week's stay on the mountain, meals included. It would take an entire day to travel by Model-T, horse and then sled from Banff in those days. How we've progressed....you should see it now!!!!
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The horses would be belly deep in snow traveling to Sunshine Village. The final trek was on skis or snowshoes while dragging sleds. In 1941, the Brewster's built a rope tow up Strawberry, ushering in a new era and offering a respite for skiers after a long day of Nordic skiing.
Today the original CPR rest cabin is known to guests as the Mad Trapper's Western Saloon with Bruno's Pub located on the upper floor. The cabin is a tribute to the early adventuresome skiers, providing an "authentic" experience that is the hallmark of Sunshine Village.
Close to the Town of Banff, Sunshine Village – Canada’s highest elevated resort, has great, guaranteed snow conditions from December to May, with an average annual snowfall of over 30 feet, on over 3,300 acres of terrain!
Sunshine a good name for the resort. It's the highest elevated resort in Canada...it's closer to the sun... some days you're skiing above the clouds....
Here at Sunshine Village you can ski or ride in both the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia on the same run! It's gorgeous up there....it just makes you realize what hardships were endured during those early days.
Sunshine Mountain Lodge
This is where you’ll find Banff's premier ski-in, ski-out accommodation, the newly renovated Sunshine Mountain Lodge. Following a multimillion dollar wing replacement, the Lodge opened 30 new eco-luxurious rooms in December 2009. Check it out......
Sunshine Village - Mountain Overview
For 80 years Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort has been offering endless mountain terrain in the heart of an unspoiled wilderness.
Uncrowded slopes, Abundant snowfall, this ski mountain is alive with all kinds of activities - all within Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Sunshine Village is renowned for its lengthy season from mid-November until late May. Just 15 minutes from the resort town of Banff.
Make this an unforgettable vacation....One of those great family vacation ideas in the Canadian Rockies can't be beat!!!
Canada's Best Snow
With over 30 feet of Canada's Best Snow dumped annually at Sunshine Village, skiers and riders always have an opportunity to enjoy fresh powder.
The Rockies Biggest
Sunshine Village is big in every way. The resort features 12 different lifts including 8 super lifts and a high speed gondola. There 3 different ski mountains to explore. Snow ski or ride in both the province of Alberta and British Columbia on the same run.
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Hours of Operation - 9:00am – 4:00pm
Gondola Hours 8:00am – 5:30pm Mon-Thurs (weekends extended)
Average snowfall: 30 feet annually (364 inches, 925 cms)
Length of season: Middle of November to middle of May (weather permitting)
Vertical rise: 3,514 feet, 1,070 metres
Base elevation: 5,440 feet, 1,658 metres
Top elevation: 8,954 feet, 2,730 metres
Number of runs: 107 named runs, including chutes and bowls
Longest run: 5 miles (8 km)
Number of lifts: 12 Lifts
One 8-Passenger High-Speed Gondola
Seven Quad Chairs
Two Magic Carpet Tows
Lift Capacity Approximately 20,000 people/hour
20% Beginner - 55% Intermediate - 25% - Expert
Three ski mountains
Goat's Eye - Standish - Lookout
Rogers Terrain Park - area's largest, with 12+ acres of features.
Group and Private Ski and Snowboard Lessons
Learn to Ski & Snowboard Packages
Sunshine Village is located in Banff National Park, Alberta. 135 km (80 miles) west of the Calgary International Airport.
ROGERS TERRAIN PARK
The Rogers Terrain Park covers a fantastic 12 acres of terrain, the park features many boxes, rails and jumps. Please note that these features may change or be under maintenance at any time, without notice.
Our terrain features many natural hits and drops that are suitable for both skiers and snowboarders. Sunshine Village's terrain parks offer a full range of difficulty starting with beginners and advancing to experts.
If you’re a Beginner
The ‘Mighty Mite’ specialized learning zone and Strawberry chair is perfect for newcomers to the sport, ensuring a gentle introduction. Ideal for progressing beginners are these lovely, wide, quiet, cruising runs:
‘Green Run’ off Angel express chair
Wawa chair – ‘Meadow Park’
Standish chair – ‘Creek Run’
Jack Rabbit chair – ‘Larch Glade’
The green runs off Wolverine chair
If you’re Intermediate/Advanced
Take the Continental Divide Express to Lookout Mountain and experience the novelty of skiing in 2 Provinces on one run and access various short Black Diamonds and challenging blue runs.
If you’re Advanced/Expert
Take the Goat's Eye express to 9200' and Look out across endless mountain ranges. You can see the Banff townsite from there. Then head for the powder on the Goat's Eye double black runs and gladed areas.
Kick back after a morning of snow-in-your-face thrills and enjoy a cup of coffee or lunch in the Goat's Eye Garden.
Learn to Ski
The fully certified and experienced instructors will help you to be the best skier or rider you can be. They'll also show you how to have the best snow skiing or snowboarding vacation.
Instruction is all about improvement. It's also about creating memories and having the best Banff vacation ever. The ski and snowboard pros at Sunshine Village are excited about snow-sports and it's guaranteed to get you excited as well.
They have innovative learn to ski programs for those who are new to the sport. For the already experienced, they offer small group workshops and private sessions if you like.
At Sunshine Village, they are happy to boast about Canada's Best Snow. Thankfully, this also means that it attracts some of the best ski & snowboard instructors in the world too!
They guarantee the best quality instruction for all their guests.They want to ensure you improve your skiing or riding skills while having fun!!!!
If you feel that the instructors have not delivered this service to you, they will give you another lesson for free - that's their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!
How to Register: By Phone:1-87-SKI-BANFF (1-877-542-2633 ext 3)
Learn To Ski & Ride Workshops
(Ages 13 plus, Ability level 2 - 3 Only)
Smaller group sizes ensure a hands-on learning experience with other people of your ability. The certified and experienced instructors help you to gain the skills and confidence to take your skiing or riding to a performance level.
The Learn to Ski & Ride experience will give you the chance to discover new terrain while working on basic techniques and skill development. You have a great advantage as your instructor knows the best terrain and has lift line priority.!! Available in Skiing and Snowboarding, includes lunch.
(Ages 13 plus, Ability level 4 - 5 Only)
With one of our experienced and highly qualified pros, lift line priority and small group sizes, you'll have more time snow skiing. That will help accelerate your learning in powder, steeps, bumps, trees, carving and more.
The personalized performance feedback and video analysis will help fine tune your skills and will allow you to explore some of the best terrain that Sunshine Village has to offer. This program includes lunch. Available in skiing only except during periods of high demand. Snowboarders should contact the ski school upon arrival.
(Ages 18 plus, For Advanced Skiers/Riders ONLY)
Delirium Dive offers one of Canada's most extreme ski experiences. Our Delirium Sunday's package has been created for strong skiers and riders, who may not have a partner or required equipment. You can then experience this majestic area with one of very qualified instructors. The ski school supplies transceivers, shovels, packs and lunch. Available in skiing and snowboarding, includes lunch.
Sunshine Village offers a variety of services and facilities including retail, guest services, ski/snowboard school, daycare, rentals and much more.
In Calgary, located at 1037 11th Ave SW is Sunshine's Village "Snow Central". Drop by to get information about latest snow conditions, pick up your pass or simply browse our retail shop.
3 convenient locations at Sunshine Village – in the rental shop at the base area, adjacent to Creekside Bar & Grill & inside the Daylodge in the village area.
Guest Services and Lost & Found
Located at the base area in the Guest Services building, behind the ticket windows and in the Daylodge lobby, in the Village Area.
Ski & Snowboard School Desk
Located in the Old Sunshine Lodge at the top of the Gondola and in the Retail Shop in the Rentals Building at the base of the Gondola.
Tiny Tiger Daycare
Located in the village area, just below the gondola next to the WaWa chair. Daycare is available for kids 19 months to 6 years.We offer safe and licensed pre-school facilities.
Snow Host Tours
Complimentary mountain tour. Check in outside the Old Sunshine Lodge daily at 12:00 noon.
Located in the lower section of the Mountainholm building in the village area.
Ski & Snowboard Rentals
Located in the base area above the ticket windows, open 08:00 – 17.00. They have the widest selection of Salomon gear. Rental jackets, pants and helmets available.
Located up in Sunshine Village, visit the Salomon Rental & Test Centre open 08:30 – 16.30. Test an unlimited selection of Salomon gear or try as many different skis or boards as you want in a single day. Credit card required for all rentals.
Located in the base area above the Creekside Bar & Grill. Services available include ski and snowboard tune- ups & repairs, seasonal, weekly & daily lockers, groups ‘meet & greet’ area, picnic eating area and washrooms.
Located in Creekside Bar & Grill at the base area, and in the Daylodge and Old Sunshine Lodge in the village area.
Available to everyone & at the great value of $25 flat rate/per car, per day. On arrival at the parking lot, continue past the 5 minute zone & you’ll find valet parking located behind the Creekside Restaurant.
Just a tip.... get there early if you don't want to pay for parking...they do have shuttles from the parking lot to the base of the gondola up to Sunshine Village. This takes a good half hour....so if you want to get the best early powder then plan an early start!!!
Ski & Board Lockers
Available above the Creekside Restaurant for $1/day. Tall lockers hold 4 pairs of skis for $5/day... can also be rented weekly & seasonally: contact the Repair Shop.
Overnight Ski Storage: Complimentary for Sunshine Village equipment rentals, or $2/night for your own gear. (boots/bags etc, cannot be stored overnight).
Equipment Tune Up
Full range of equipment tuning/repairs is available at the base Repair Shop or up at the Village in the Salomon Tent.
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