Located about 20 minutes' drive from Banff, Sunshine Village is blessed with oodles of fantastic snow and has runs for all abilities...
One of the highest resorts in North America, Sunshine Village has the longest season in the Canadian Rockies, lasting from early November through to mid-May.
Resort height: 1,660m
While its ski area is not vast, there are also three mountains to choose from: Goat's Eye, Standish and Lookout.
Coupled with it having the only ski-in/ski-out accommodation in the Banff-Lake Louise area (see our separate guides for more details on both Banff and Lake Louise), this makes the resort an ideal base for those who just want to ski.
Beginners will find plenty of gentle blue trails on which to practise and gain confidence, and intermediates are absolutely spoilt for choice.
Experts, meanwhile, can earn their stripes on hair-raising black runs such as Delirium Dive and Wild West.
And those seeking more variety can head to nearby Lake Louise, which is accessible if you've purchased the “Tri-Area Ski Lift Pass”.
Visitors rave about the drifts of delicious, light powder and the relatively empty pistes. And everyone will benefit from the resort's fast lifts.
However, as there are only a couple of snow cannons in the lower part of the ski area, some black runs can get a bit rocky if it hasn't snowed for a while.
The easiest way to get to Sunshine Village is to fly into Calgary airport...
The transfer time from Calgary is between one and a half and two hours - which is nothing compared to the time it takes to get from the airport to many Canadian resorts.
Sunshine Village offers access to slopes for every type of skier and boarder, from gentle blues to terrifying blacks...
The resort's terrain park also has a good reputation.
You won't find too many wild nights out in Sunshine Village, but the views will take your breath away...
Sunshine Lodge itself has little in the way of nightlife - mainly because the resort consists of just one hotel complex. There is a bar - the historical Mad Trapper's Saloon - and a couple of restaurants, including the casual Chimney Corner Lounge and the more refined Eagle's Nest dining room. However, for après, the place to head is Banff, which is much livelier and boasts 50 or so bars and nightspots. Try Wild Bill's, the Rose and Crown or St James Gate.
The main centre of Sunshine Village - featuring a general store and a restaurant - is at the top of the gondola. The lodge provides a range of activities for non-skiers, including show-shoeing, old-fashioned tobogganing and a spa with a massive outdoor hot tub.
In nearby Banff, where non-skiers will probably be happier in truth, you will also find a cultural centre that puts on films, concerts and plays throughout the season.
Cost of living 5/10
Sunshine Village has a reputation for being expensive for Canada - especially when it comes to food and drink. However, you can get value for money out of your lift pass if you explore the whole ski area. If you are prepared to stay in Banff and commute to the slopes each day by shuttle bus, you will also find more accommodation options - many of them at lower prices.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
Situated in the pristine Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, Sunshine Village is one of the oldest resorts in Alberta. And if the weather is clear, the views across and down the canyon are breathtaking.