Sunshine Village is located strategically, making it the highest ski resort in Canada. High up on the Continental Divide at the center of Banff National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Sunshine Village is one of the most popular ski destinations in Canada, and one of the most breathtaking places as well. However, its location does not make it difficult to reach as it is just a 15 minutes drive away from the mountain town of Banff. If you are planning on heading to Sunshine Village for your next holiday, the one thing that is certain is that you would not be able to forget the stunning views of the sprawling mountains for a long time even after your ski holiday is over. What makes the Sunshine Village Ski Resort is that it provides you a picturesque, car-free environment that lets you enjoy the fresh mountain air and the slopes to the fullest. This beautiful ski destination also makes a great place for a family holiday as it has various activities and programs to suit different tastes, skill levels, and ages.
The ski season at Sunshine Village usually lasts for a seven-month period starting in early November to late May, and it boasts the longest non-glacial season in Canada. However, if you are thinking that skiing is all that Sunshine Village has to offer, you are wrong. There’s a lot more to this Banff Skiing resort, which includes incredible shopping and dining options as well as a host of fun activities. You can even chose to head to Sunshine Village in the summer, and you won’t be disappointed as the beautiful alpine setting offers you breathtaking views of meadows that are adorned with flowers in full bloom and a clear, amazing view of the stunning mountain peaks. Summertime at Sunshine Village also means that visitors get to enjoy various dining options like picnic lunches with the family and fun barbecues. In addition, exciting shopping venues at the resort base as well as in the village cater to all your holiday shopping needs. Well, summertime indulgence is just one of the reasons to take your next vacation to Sunshine Village; there are plenty more that makes this place a must-visit for all travelers. Here are some of the reasons why a holiday at Sunshine Village should be on your bucket list.
A Fun Skiing and Snowboarding Experience for All
Being a ski resort, skiing is one of the top reasons why people opt for a vacation at Sunshine Village, and deservedly so as it is one of the largest ski resorts in North America and has also been termed as ‘Canada’s Best Snow.’ The beauty of skiing in Sunshine Village is that owing to its location on the Continental Divide, you can actually ski in two provinces (British Columbia and Alberta) at the same time. Here, you can enjoy more than 3,300 acres of skiable terrain and 107 named runs that span over three spectacular mountains. In addition, the resort has 12 lifts, among which 9 are superlifts, and a high-speed gondola that make transportation on the mountains a convenient and fun affair as you enjoy the extensive ski terrain. Our tip is to try out the gondola ride into the backcountry of the mountains, as this 15-minute ride offers unforgettable views from the high mountain tops. Also, the spectacular view of Mt. Assiniboine (also known as Canada’s version of The Matterhorn) from the top of Sunshine Village is something that you should not miss.
This resort is one that has a range of skiing terrain to suit all visitors with 20% beginner runs, 55% intermediate, and 25% advanced/expert. Tree line slopes, bowls, open groomers, glades, steep bowls, and drops are just some of the runs that Sunshine Village offers. So whether you are teaching your kids the ropes of skiing or are enjoying the slopes as an advanced skier, skiing in Sunshine Village is sure to give you some unforgettable memories. Standing tall at an altitude of 7,200 feet, Sunshine Village receives up to 35 feet of snow annually. In addition, the snow quality here is considered to be superior as compared to some of the neighboring ski resorts as the high altitude ensures that the snow stays dry and light, making snow activities a safe and fun experience.
If you are traveling with young kids and are debating whether or not to try out those advanced runs by yourself, Sunshine Village takes care of your dilemma by offering childcare for your kids. Available in half-day and full-day options, the childcare facility will keep your children happy and entertained and let you explore the terrain without having to worry about the little ones. If you want your children to learn skiing from the experts, the Sunshine ski school program is an excellent option as it teaches them the ropes of the activity according to their skill and comfort level, and also provides you report cards and recommendations to help the kids.
Canada’s First Heated Chairlift
When in Sunshine Village, make the most of your holiday with a ride on the heated chairlift at the resort, which is one of the latest additions to the place. The first of its kind in Canada, this heated quad chair (the Teepee Town LX) is a state-of-the-art lift that features heated seats, footrests, wind-blocking domes, and protective bubble covers in an attractive orange color. With 47 bubble chairs, this lift will run at a speed of 1,000 feet per minute and offers spectacular views of Mount Assiniboine among other sights.
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