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Banff Sunshine Mountain Guide - Top Trails & Dining
Experience Banff Sunshine like an insider. Find out where to ski with our top trails. We also show you where to eat on the mountain. Plus, check out the mountain stats.
Banff Sunshine Village Terrain Guides
Despite its high elevation, Banff Sunshine is great for Beginners. Its Green routes, which amount to 20%, are wide, mild in pitch, and most distribute to the Upper Village. This means you're never too far from the lodge. The Strawberry Express and Standish Express offer Green cruisers, like The Dell Valley and Creek Run. Green Run, off of the Angel Express, allows Beginners to marvel at panoramic views from 2,536 m (8,322 ft).
Intermediates will be in heaven at Banff Sunshine, with ~55% of the terrain designated blue. The mix of groomers, moguls, chutes, glades, and bowls within an Intermediate skier's ability level here are unique. Blue routes are accessible from all 12 lifts and across all three mountains. Warm up on a playful groomer, like Tin Can Alley, tackle the bumps of South Divide, or cruise the extra-long Sunshine Coast.
For steep and scary, Goat’s Eye and Delirium Dive do not disappoint. From Goat’s Eye Express, you’ll find the Southside Chutes, offering steep, technical features up top and deep glades below. Delirium Dive, accessed via the Great Divide, only allows entry to Experts with avalanche gear. The payoff? A vast face of deep powder bowls, heart-pumping drops, and fresh tracks late into the day.
Excellent grooming with exceptional snow coverage from early November until late May
Most of the resort is located above the treeline, meaning endless, untouched views abound
Groups of varying levels can easily stay together because nearly all runs lead back to the Upper Village
Top Trail Picks
On Mountain Dining Recommendations
Whether you're looking for a nostalgic ski pub or sit-down dining, Banff Sunshine serves breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner for every budget. The food venues span three locations: the Creekside Base, the Upper Village, and Goat's Eye Mountain, meaning you'll never be far from refueling or a nice break
Established in 1928, visiting Mad Trappers is like stepping back in time. Artifacts and old photographs adorn the thick log walls, giving patrons a glimpse into the evolution of skiing in Banff National Park. This local watering hole serves pub classics like mountain top nachos and Alberta bison burgers with local draft beers. Their outdoor beer garden and technicolor Adirondack chairs offer unbeatable après vibes.
For a sit-down meal or a relaxed après, Chimney Corner, located in the Sunshine Lodge, is a fitting choice. Large bay windows illuminate its elegant dining room while two wood-burning fireplaces offer a cozy space to recline and sip a boozy warm beverage. Slide in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They serve hearty entrees and lots of shareable small plates.
Sixty Five South
For a tasty grab-and-go option, the Sixty Five South Taco truck, located at the base of the Goat’s Eye Express, is ideal for skiers who want to squeeze every lap out of their lift ticket. This hidden gem serves street-style tacos and sizable burritos with vegan options available. In the morning, try their all-day breakfast burrito and for an après pick up some fried pickles or poutine tots.
Banff Sunshine Village Mountain Stats
Size / Elevation
Peak: 8,954 ft. | 2,730m
Vertical Drop: 3,514 ft | 1,072m
Base: 5,440 ft | 1,658m
Total Area: 3,358 acres, 13.6 sq km
Mountain Range: Canadian Rockies
5 Terrain Parks
Goat's Eye Mountain (9,200 ft)
Lookout Mountain (8,954 ft)
Mount Standish (7,875 ft)
Upper Village (Main)
Creekside Base (Lower)
On Mountain Dining
13 on mountain & more options at the base (see our guide)
Uphill Capacity: 20,000 ppl / hr
12 Total Lifts
7 Express Quads
2 Surface Lifts
3 Minimum lifts to access peak from base