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Hidden amongst pristine majestic mountain peaks sits Banff Sunshine Ski Resort. Gifted with the longest non-glacial ski season in Canada, Sunshine’s snow season lasts seven months, providing plenty of opportunity for visitors. Featuring an altitude of 8954 ft (2730m), Banff Sunshine Ski Resort enjoys an accumulation of dry, light snow.
Situated in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, it is halfway between the town of Banff and the hamlet of Lake Louise, making it 25 minutes from either destination. An easy drive from Calgary, it is accessible for international travellers. Plus, this Banff ski resort is just one member of the SkiBig3 Lift Ticket! If it is endless ski fun you want to discover, don’t go past Banff Sunshine Ski Resort.
Banff Sunshine Highlights
Banff Sunshine Ski Resort
For a long-lasting ski season, Banff Sunshine Ski Resort is the place to go. With a stretched season starting from early November and lasting to late May, this resort has the most extended non-glacial ski season in Canada! This means it is flexible, giving guests more time to enjoy the 3,358 acres (1359 hectares) of skiable terrain for more than half of the year.
Sitting high at an altitude of 8954 ft (2730m) on the Continental Divide, the resort is gifted with light and fluffy for all to enjoy. Receiving a reliable 29.5 ft. (9m) of snow on average per season, Banff Sunshine sees a decent source of snow over its seven-month season.
With plenty to offer, Banff Sunshine will deliver fun for the whole family. It has 137 runs and four unique terrain parks for all to enjoy, with a dedicated kids park for the little ones.
For the extreme skiers and snowboarders, Banff’s Sunshine’s Delirium Dive is a skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise. Packed with chutes boasting 2,500 ft of steep vertical, wide-open bowls filled with Canada’s best snow, and acres of wild mountain terrain guaranteed to satisfy even the most insatiable ride.
Plus, it is home to Canada’s only heated bubble chairlift to keep you toasty when ascending for your next run.
The SkiBig3 Lift Ticket
If you have conquered all Banff Sunshine Ski Resort has to offer (we would like to see you try!), spread your wings with the SkiBig3 lift ticket that provides access to neighbouring Lake Louise and Banff Mt Norquay ski resorts! Positioned in the middle, Banff Sunshine has convenient access to either destination, offering versatility and flexibility with the best of Banff skiing.
The Mountain Collective Lift Pass option provides two days of skiing or riding at SkiBig3 with no blackout dates, at both Lake Louise and Banff Sunshine resorts. The global Ikon Pass allows for up to seven days of lift access across SkiBig3 resorts. Our expert team can advise the best value lift ticket package for your Banff Sunshine vacation.
Across the three resorts, you have 7,748 acres (3,100 hectares) available at your demand. Sharing 357 runs between them, take your pick moving across the three resorts to try something different. Each ski resort has something unique to offer! No ski vacation to Banff is complete without this all-access Banff ski pass!
Banff National Park
Canada’s oldest national park, Banff National Park, is home to surreal turquoise glacial lakes, the iconic Canadian Rockies, quaint mountain villages and Alberta’s best ski resorts. Covering 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles), the park is a vast natural wonderland filled with much to be explored.
Banff National Park is a playground all year round, but the activities are in abundance in winter. Consisting of iconic mountain adventures like hiking, skiing and ice climbing, it is also host to a natural hot spring, ice skating, fat biking, snowshoeing, dogsledding and a range of winter exclusive and wildlife tours.
While the park is enormous, the Banff Sightseeing Gondola makes for an ideal way to take in the sights. Delivering 360-degree panoramic views of the Rockies, the 8-minute ride will maximise your viewing experience, helping you take in as much as you can of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Connecting the SkiBig3 resorts and the hamlet of Lake Louise and Banff township, there is plenty to find in this scenic haven of meadows, forests, valleys, glaciers and more.
The only ski in ski out lodging in Banff National Park
Incredibly unique, Sunshine Mountain Lodge is the only ski in ski out lodging available in Banff National Park. In demand for its exclusive position and services, you have opulent rooms, high-class dining, astounding views and the snow resort at your doorstep.
By choosing to stay at this boutique hotel, you are guaranteed to be the first to hit the tracks in the morning while others wait for the gondola up! After an exhilarating day of skiing and boarding, you won’t need to go too far to relax and unwind, with the lodge located at the heart of Sunshine Mountain Village Ski Resort.
Of course, there are other accommodation choices nearby. Situated between Banff and the hamlet of Lake Louise, it is a 25 minute drive to either, with many people opting to stay in downtown Banff.
With over 50 accommodation options, there is sure to be a style to suit your preference and budget. There is the magical Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the breath taking Rimrock Resort and the classic lodging experience at the Fox Hotel and Suites to name just a few. There is also other self contained, lodge style, downtown and remote wilderness stays available.
Mountain top peace
Isolated from the hustle and bustle of Banff and Lake Louise but still in touch with the gorgeous landscape that is Banff National Park, Banff Sunshine is a peaceful place to escape. Spread across three mountains, Sunshine is located in the Canadian Rockies, a staggering base altitude 7,200 feet (2195 metres) high up on the Continental Divide.
Not only does its altitude provide it with its own private region, but you’ll be spoiled in terms of views too. The elevation allows its guest to witness panoramic views of uninterrupted mountains and beyond. Simply astonishing, you’ll be at peace with nature, high on top of a mountain.
For what feels like miles away from civilisation, you’re not too far from the town of Banff if you decide to come down from the mountain to reconnect with society. It’s your choice! The gondola does stopspinning each night, so keep that in mind!