The Sunshine Village is situated in a certain region which is rather famous – the Continental Divide of the Canadian Rockies within the Banff National Park. Despite its location, it just takes roughly 15 minutes to reach the mountain from Banff.
Here at the resort, you will be surrounded by three of the most gorgeous mountains and have an uninterrupted panoramic view to soak in. Skiing here is an advantage because the location of the Sunshine Valley Ski and Snowboard Area allows the visitors to ski on two different provinces – them being – British Columbia and Alberta itself.
As far as the season is concerned it is one of the longest when compared to skiing destinations in the region and largely considering North America. Given if everything remains up to the standards their season can begin early in November and then last until late May. Now, this is purely possible because of the altitude at which it is located, that is – 7,200 feet. You will be surprised to see that the region receives on an average 9 meters or 30 feet of snow in each season and added to that it stays fresh throughout the season.
People come here from far and wide locations just to witness the best snow in Canada. Furthermore, this ski and snowboard destination has gained much appreciation over the past decades because of its magnificent 3,300 acres of skiable terrain which goes on to include gentle, inviting runs (for all levels of skiers and snowboarders) and the most extreme big mountain runs. With over 12 top notch lifts and a gondola which facilitate movement across the terrain – Sunshine Valley Ski and Snowboard Area is the destination for all the powdery fun that your heart desires.
Beginners: For people who have just ventured into snow sports the following runs have been crafted –
Mighty Mite learning zone (besides the Strawberry lower chair)
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
Intermediate: For these guys, there is the Continental Divide Express. Using this lift you can access both the provinces of – British Colombia and Alberta.
Expert: For these guys, the Goats Eye Express is there. It will take you up nearly 8,500 feet.
Quick Facts and Figures
Annual snowfall: Up to 35 feet (ten meters)
Opening day 2016-17 Season: November 3, 2016
Last day 2016-17 Season: May 22, 2017
Mid-June (weather permitting)
Shuttle service: Available hourly during season
Hiking: Sunshine Meadows No.1 day hike in Canada
Vertical rise: 3,514 feet (1,070 meters)
Base elevation: 5,440 feet (1,658 meters)
Top elevation: 8,954 feet (2,730 meters)
Mountain faces: Lookout, Standish and Goat’s Eye
Snowmaking: 4 guns (start of season)
Number of lifts: 12
Gondola: High-speed 8 passenger
Strawberry Express: High-speed quad
Goat’s Eye: High-speed quad
Mount Standish: High-speed quad
Continental Divide: High-speed quad
Wolverine: High-speed quad
Angel: High-speed quad
Jack Rabbit: Quad
Teepee Town LX: Heated High-speed quad with bubble covers
Magic carpets: 2 (in learning area)
Skiable Area: 3,358
Number of runs: 115 named runs, plus gladed areas & offshoots
Longest runs: 5 miles (8km)
Beginner terrain: 20%
Intermediate terrain: 55%
Expert terrain: 25%
Acres: More than 15 acres
Opening date: Typically, mid-December
The Sunshine Village is one of the biggest supporters of issues such as developments concerning the present and the future of Olympics, or World Cup events or the world championships. They have been equally vocal about the health and growth of athletes who avidly participate in these events. In the same regard, they quite frequently organise events and programs to facilitate their cause. All their visitors can also contribute in their own manner. Sunshine Village and Alpine Canada are absolutely committed to their cause.
Reaching – The Sunshine Village
The Sunshine Village is situated at a distance of about 135 kilometres or 80 miles from the Calgary International Airport whereas it is just about 8 kilometres or 5 miles to the west of Banff and is located on the Trans Canada Highway number 1.
Secondly, if you are travelling through the air then the Calgary International Airport is the one place where you go to. You will find flights taking off and arriving here from around the world and all the major cities of North America.
Now, if you wish to travel from Calgary International Airport to the Sunshine Village ski and snowboarding area then the best way to commute is via a car. To facilitate this cause you will find that the region has numerous car rental services. They offer automobiles for all budget types and car preferences at the most reasonable rates.
The hours of operation at the Sunshine Valley ski and snowboard area are subject to weather conditions so make sure that you follow the local weather channel prior to making your journey here.
During the season the lifts at Sunshine Valley observe the following schedule:
Gondolas: Between Saturdays and Thursdays the Gondola can be found to be operational between 8:00 am in the morning and 5:30 pm in the afternoon. On the other hand, during Fridays the Gondola remains operational between 8:00 am and 10:30 pm.
The Sunshine Village Chair Lifts: The Sunshine Village Chair Lift’s working hours during the winter months are – 9:00 am and 4:00 pm and during the spring months it remains in service between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.
The Sunshine Village Base Area Services: During the winter season the base area provides its services between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm every day. The same schedule is observed by the Rental Store, Customer Service Desk and the Tech Shop.
The Sunshine Village Food & Drink Outlets: Between Mondays and Fridays during the season that is 7:30 am and 5:30 pm the Creekside is open for service between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm and the same schedule is followed by the First Track Café as well. On the other hand, the Goat’s Eye Grill operates between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm; the Mad Trappers Smokehouse provides its services between 11:00 am and 12:00 am.; the Java Express between 8:30 am and 4;30 pm; the Alpine Grill is open between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm; the Lookout Kitchen & Bar is open between 11:00 am and 3:30 pm; the Sunshine Burger Co remains operational between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm; the Java Lift remains in service between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm; the Chimney Corner fireside Dining provides its services between 7:30 am and 10:30 pm and finally, the Eagles Nest serves between 5:00 pm and 10:30 pm.
Calgary Snow Central Hours: The regular hours observed by them between Mondays and Fridays are – 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, however, during Saturdays they operate between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, and finally on Sundays they remain in service between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm.