West of Calgary and southwest of Banff, the Banff Sunshine Village ski area has 137 runs spread over 3,358 acres that are served by 12 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. But, you're in luck, since its up near the Continental Divide where there's an average annual snowfall of 360 inches.
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. The Dive is considered one of the Top 10 freeride zones worldwide. 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.
For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, Banff Sunshine has four terrain parks to session. These progressive parks include Spring Hill Park, Great Divide, Grizzley Park and Kids Play.
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. The closest airport is Calgary International Airport.
Overall, Banff Sunshine Village is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in Alberta. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Banff Sunshine Village including Fortress Mountain Resort, Wintergreen Ski Area, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Norquay and Nakiska Ski Area.
Local Contacts: Banff Sunshine Village Ski Area (403) 760-6500; Banff Tourism (403) 762-8421; Avalanche Update (403) 762-1470
Best Season: Dec. - Apr.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Hostel International (403) 762-4122; Buffalo Lodge 762-2400; Brewster Lodge 762-2900; Ptarmigan Inn
Luxury Loding: Banff Springs Hotel; Caribou Mountain Lodge
Breakfast Restaurant: Melissa's
Reference Source: click here https://www.skibanff.com/
GPS: 51.115156, -115.763703
Date Published: 12/27/2015
Date Updated: 11/29/2018
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