The most elevated of the trio of Banff resorts, Sunshine Village is situated high on the Continental Divide; it’s actually possible to have one ski in Alberta and the other in British Columbia.
A 20-minute gondola ride up puts you in the nexus of three mountains: Goats Eye, Lookout Mountain and Mount Standish, with terrain that ranges from wide-open faces to burnt-tree glades and a 15-acre park.
The famous Delirium Dive and Wild West are experts-only freeride zones that require avalanche equipment to enter. Mid-winter days can be bone-chilling, but derrieres don’t fret—Sunshine lays claim to having the first and only heated chair in Canada on the TeePee Town LX lift. The season here is the longest in the country, stretching from early November until the last days of May following its famous Slush Cup festival weekend, which is coming up on its 90th year.
In summer, a hike in Sunshine Meadows is a must to view wildflowers, alpine lakes and 360-degree views of rugged peaks. The Sunshine Mountain Lodge, a boutique hotel perched at over 2,100 metres and the only on-mountain accommodation in Banff, is open for hiking and sightseeing stays.