High in the heart of Banff National Park, a mere 15-minute drive from the mountain town of Banff, sits Sunshine Village – one of the snowiest resorts in Canada. Sunshine can also boast the longest non-glacial ski season in Canada – one that begins in early November and only ends in late May. The resort can thank an average snowfall of 9 metres for this and its altitude of 2,730m, which ensures the snow, stays light and dry.
Well and truly above the treeline, the dizzying heights of Sunshine’s peaks also enable some of the best views offered in the world of skiing – excluding maybe powder face-shots. Named amongst the top ten off-piste runs in the world, Sunshine’s run ‘Delirum Dive’ can similarly covet the title of “Best View from the Best Off-Piste Run” as according to Ski Canada magazine. These runs are also located on the spine of the continental divide, meaning you can ski both the province of Alberta and British Columbia in a single run.
With over 1000 metres of vertical, Sunshine is the place to go out of Banff’s ‘Big 3’ if you consider yourself to be an advanced skier. Of course it has more than enough green and blue trails to suit any level of skier, but its black and double black runs are among the most extreme in North America. There’s even a lift-serviced section within the vast swathe of resort that you cannot enter without having an avalanche transceiver and other related safety gear.
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