West of Calgary and southwest of Banff, the Sunshine Village ski area has 91 runs spread over 3,358 acres that are served by 7 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 3,514 feet. If you’re planning to head up to Sunshine, keep in mind that it really needs a 50 inch base to just cover the rocks.
If you’re looking for challenge, head to the Delirium Dive freeriding zone for super steeps and tight chutes spread over 600 acres with a 2,000 feet vertical drop. To get to the Delirium Dive, take the Continental Divide chairlift up. Then head to the gate near the patrol shack. With the proper avi gear and a partner, continue out the gate for a 5 minute hike up. The main route down (Delirium Proper) is the easiset line. To get there, look for the steep metal stairs and hike down to a spot to put your gear back on. The max steep is about 38 degrees. After you have mastered this, try the two runs to the left (Bre-X and Upper Starbucks) which start from the peak. These are narrow, rocky chutes. To the right of Delirium Proper, there are two lines further out along the top ridge. The first is Steel Pipe, which has a steep no-falling section, and then further along the ridge is Galaxy which traverses skiers left back into the main bowl.
If that is not enough for you , you can always explore the Wild West or Silver City zones.
For apres-ski, check out restaurants Ticinos, Giorgio and Walliser, and pubs Mad Trappers, Barbary and St. James. If you’re looking for nightlife, try the Dancing Sasquatch, Wild Bills and then head to Rose & Crown. TIP: Use the free shuttle buses between each of the ski areas in the valley.
The Sunshine Village ski area is located about a 15 minute drive from downtown Banff.
Overall, Sunshine Village Ski Area is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in Alberta.