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Sunshine Village
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Sunshine Village showing landscape views, snow and mountains

Choose from more than 100 runs at this ski resort located 15 minutes from Banff.

Sunshine Village is one of three ski resorts in Banff National Park. It offers more than 3,300 acres (1,335 hectares) of slopes, with 12 lifts and more than 100 runs. The ski season is from early November through late May. Come to hike between June and October.

There’s just one hotel in the resort, so most visitors come by day trip from Banff or Calgary. It’s a 15-minute drive from Banff and 90 minutes from Calgary. Regular bus services operate from Banff and Calgary to the resort every day. There are restaurants, shops and ski rental facilities at Sunshine Village.

The resort typically gets about 30 feet (9 meters) of snow in a season. The mountains are high enough that the snow stays dry and powdery throughout the season.

The resort encompasses three mountains: Mount Standish, Goat’s Eye Mountain and Lookout Mountain. At the highest point, the range is 8,954 feet (2,730 meters) above sea level.

Ski runs cater to beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as snowboarders. Sign up for a lesson in advance or on the day. Experienced skiers can rent a guide and hit the off-piste areas. Expect fresh powder and deserted slopes.

The mountains are easily navigated using maps at each lift and clearly marked runs. Stop for a break at one of nine eateries across the resort that range from casual to fine dining.

In summer, the mountains are covered with wild flowers. There are hiking trails for all fitness levels and guided walks are organized daily.

During the ski season, lifts are open every day. Day or season passes for the lift can be bought online or from offices in Calgary, Banff and Sunshine Village.

Prepare to have your breath taken away by the Sunshine Ski Resort, a name that is synonymous with Sunshine Village Banff and the Continental Divide. Winter is the time of year to find the ski haven that is beyond imagining. Canada is the top choice for ski enthusiasts from around the world, providing the perfect weather, prime spots for heli skiing, night skiing, and unforgettable ski vacations. It's time to book your ski vacation packages on Sunshine Mountain. Don't let the opportunity pass you by to ride your way down some of the best snow of your life.

If you're in the mood for adventure, you can hit the slopes on rentals and slide into the province of Alberta or cross over to British Columbia. Be mesmerized by the beauty of the Banff National Park and the mountains rising above you when Sunshine skiing is yours. You have seven months to catch the action. Take your pick of great deals for season tickets in Sunshine Village from November through May. Whether you want a winter break or feel like getting your last hurrah of snow in the spring, you'll find yourself in the heart of ski country. Explore the area and take advantage of ski school and ski tours at competitive prices. There will be room in your budget for ski rentals or you can bring your personal equipment from home. Lift tickets at discount prices mean more money in your pocket when you are wining and dining, shopping in the village, opening your heart to an awe-inspiring vista. 3,300 acres are at your exposure and you can tailor your trip according to your skill level. Beginner, intermediate, and expert trails are at your disposal. Rev up, pack your bags, and make Sunshine your next vacation destination.

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Top Hotels Close to Sunshine Village

Sunshine Mountain Lodge
Sunshine Mountain Lodge
4 out of 5
One Sunshine Access Road, Sunshine, AB
The price is CA $195 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Situated in a national park, this lodge is within a 10-minute walk of Sunshine Village and Sunshine Meadows. Banff National Park Information Centre and Banff ...
4.4/5Excellent! (368 reviews)
"Excellent resort, however, could use a few upgrades, an 80’s feel. Room service meals could’ve been much better. Restaurant is mediocre, could use a Gordon Ramsay overhaul."

Reviewed on Feb. 15, 2021

Sunshine Mountain Lodge
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
3.5 out of 5
521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB
The price is CA $99 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Located in the heart of Banff, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cave and Basin National Historic ...
4/5Very Good! (2,132 reviews)
"Always convenient to downtown and I like the charm of a log hotel and the keg is nice to have in the lobby"

Reviewed on Apr. 13, 2021

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Mount Royal Hotel
Mount Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
138 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
The price is CA $99 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located near the slopes, this Banff hotel is in the mountains and within a 5-minute walk of Canada House Gallery, Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau, and Banff ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,645 reviews)
"Lovely place"

Reviewed on Apr. 14, 2021

Mount Royal Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Sunshine Village

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 5.1861702127659575%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 8, 2020

Great snow for skiing right now.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 25, 2019

One way gondola trip is very expensive.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2019

Lake Louise is a better ski hill for kids.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 23, 2019

Best skiing in Canada

5/5 - Excellent

Eugene-skier

Feb 4, 2019

Sunshine is mostly Alpine ( vs. L/Louise more glades and trees and vast Alpine and bowls as well ) - Absolutely Great Snow hosts - I had a wonderful time with Paul and Victor ! ( super knowledgeable, experts skiers ⛷! Thank you guys and keep up the Snow Host Program !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 14, 2019

The gondola ride was awesome

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Best Lodging Options Near Sunshine Village

Sunshine Mountain Lodge
Sunshine Mountain Lodge
4 out of 5
One Sunshine Access Road, Sunshine, AB
The price is CA $195 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Sunshine Mountain Lodge
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
3.5 out of 5
521 Banff Ave, Box 1070, Banff, AB
The price is CA $99 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
Mount Royal Hotel
Mount Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
138 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB
The price is CA $99 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Mount Royal Hotel
Moose Hotel And Suites
Moose Hotel And Suites
3.5 out of 5
345 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is CA $199 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18
Moose Hotel And Suites
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
4 out of 5
300 Moutain Avenue, Banff, AB
The price is CA $219 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
The Fox Hotel and Suites
The Fox Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
461 Banff Ave, Banff, AB
The price is CA $129 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
The Fox Hotel and Suites
Rundlestone Lodge
Rundlestone Lodge
3 out of 5
537 Banff Avenue - Box 489, Banff, AB
The price is CA $99 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Rundlestone Lodge
Fairmont Banff Springs
Fairmont Banff Springs
4 out of 5
405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB
The price is CA $399 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff Park Lodge
Banff Park Lodge
3 out of 5
222 Lynx St, Banff, AB
The price is CA $99 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Banff Park Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.