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Ski Experience – Sunshine Village

Ski & Ride Guide

Sunshine’s terrain ranges from gentle beginner slopes to the most extreme big mountain tracks. The trails – spread among three mountains – are rated 20% for beginners, 55% for intermediates and 25% for advanced.  The resort has 12 lifts, including nine superlifts and a high-speed gondola with unmatched views that take riders to more than 100 trails. The highest peak sits at nearly 9,000 feet and the longest run stretching out for about 5 miles with a healthy vertical drop.  

Sun Valley’s three mountains (Goat's Eye, Lookout and Standish) are decently sized and feature many natural hits and drops that riders will enjoy.  There are plenty of trails to ride including gladed offshoots and wide open above-tree line expert and intermediate trails, both groomed and not groomed. You can ski and ride in the two provinces of Alberta and British Columbia in the same run.

Expert trails like the infamous Delirium Dive and the newer Wild West are among the top off-piste destinations and will earn you years of bragging rights. Overall, Goat's Eye Mountain produces challenging pitches, steep inclines and jagged edges; Lookout is an intermediate skier’s playground with many blacks to pick from; and Standish houses quite a few green and gentler runs.

Après Ski

You can warm by the fireplace while eating appetizers in the Chimney Corner Lounge or enjoy upscale Canadian eats at the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant at the end of the day.  Most people drive 20 minutes to Banff for hundreds of restaurant, shopping, lodging and event venues that span the gamut. Snowshoeing, snowmobiling, caving, dog sledding and other guided sight-seeing tours are popular activities that draw adventurists from around the world. 

Family-Friendly Activities

Families can stay and hang out at the mountain lodge with a game room and movies. The lodge also offers an outdoor hot pool, and family-friendly outdoor adventures that include snowshoeing, tobogganing and bonfire talks. The comprehensive ski school covers all ages and ability levels and includes multi-week coaching for advanced riders with plenty of options for beginners.