Skiing in a national park in Alberta is a unique experience every skier should try at least once. Chances are, after trying it once you’ll want to go back for more! Spring is one of the best times of the year to go skiing or snowboarding at Sunshine Village Ski Resort in Banff National Park. I visited in March and was surprised to find that there were to queues for the chairlifts and there was plenty of powder. It comes as no surprise that the Sunshine Village snow report is often favourable for a fantastic day on the mountain.
Winter at Sunshine Village Ski Resort
The winter season is a long one at Sunshine Village, usually between November and May. If you’re keen to squeeze in a quick trip to Canada, you can ski right up until April or sometimes even May!
The only disadvantage is most of the accommodation is off the mountain and there’s a short ride to Sunshine Village.
However, there is one place where you can stay on the mountain and be the first to ski in the morning – that’s Sunshine Village Ski Resort near Banff. I haven’t stayed there and I would love to stay up on the mountain.
Where is Sunshine Village Resort?
Sunshine Village Ski Resort is high on the Continental Divide. The mountain is right in the heart of Banff National Park and about a 15-minute drive from Banff.
The resort has three mountains and skiing this resort offers incredibly scenic views. As you glide down the slopes you could imagine you’re in the middle of nowhere, yet you’re only a short drive from a vibrant town.
How long is the season at Sunshine Ski Resort?
One of the big advantages of Alberta’s winter resorts is the season is long. Sunshine Ski Resort usually has a seven month season You can hit the slopes in early November and ski until late May!
Sunshine gets up to nine metres (30 feet) of snow each season and being at a high altitude, the snow tends to stay light and dry.
What are the trails like at Sunshine Village?
Check out the Sunshine Village ski map and you’ll soon realise there’s a lot of skiable terrain, including beginner runs.
Of course, there are plenty of challenging big mountain runs too, such as Delirium Dive. This run is up there in the top 10 off-piste destinations in the world.