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Tips from the regulars

Get the most of your time at Sunshine


When planning your trip to Sunshine Village, take a look at some of these handy tips provided to us by some of the finest ski bums in the world. Following these tips will help you get the most out of your time at this amazing resort.

Follow the sun

Start out on WaWa, Standish or Strawberry to get the best of early morning sun. Mid-day, move over to the Divide, Angel, Tee Pee Town or Goat's Eye lifts.

Powder Days

Mornings

Warm up on Strawberry face, using the Strawberry Express high-speed quad.

Star Trek, Paris Basin, Laryx, Donkey's Tail and Headwall on WaWa and Standish can’t be beat on a powder morning. (Avalanche safety precautions may delay opening these runs.)

On Lookout Mountain, head skier's left to Bye Bye Bowl, or try Brewster Pockets, Ecstasy, The Shoulder and the Rock Ledges.

Banff-based powder hounds head to Goat's Eye Mountain first thing in the morning and hit Big Woody, Goat Chicken Glade, Cleavage and The Wild Side.

Afternoons

Try skiing or riding at or below tree-line on Standish, Strawberry, WaWa, Wolverine or Jack Rabbit.

For improved visibility and shelter, cruise through the Canyon or travel the five-km ski-out down Banff Avenue to the gondola base.

Secret Passage (Advanced)

A favourite way to reach Goat's Eye Mountain from Lookout Mountain is via The Shoulder and Forget-me-not. Look for the entrance to skier's right of Tee Pee Town Chair between Towers 5 and 6. This area offers great views, little traffic and fresh tracks. (Goat’s Eye can also be reached via Delirium Dive, although access is limited - avi packs and buddies are required to enter this area.)

Hook up with a SnowHost

Take a free guided tour with our friendly and well-informed SnowHosts. They’ll share stories and experiences and let you in on some of Sunshine’s best-kept secrets. Tours are offered to intermediate skiers and riders (green/blue runs) and take place every day at noon. Gather a few minutes early outside the Old Sunshine Lodge (home of Mad Trapper’s Saloon).

How to Dress

We've put together a handy guide called "How to Dress Smart for Your Holiday". Check it out to see what you should be sporting on the slope to make your trip to Sunshine Village a comfortable adventure. 

Recommended early season runs

Beginner:  Dell Valley No. 44
Take the Strawberry Express quad. Dell Valley will be your first run on the right as you exit the chairlift.  Dell Valley is the perfect green run for those new to the sport. This easy run is wide, quiet and frequently groomed. 

Intermediate: Tin Can Alley No. 60, to the right off of WaWa Quad Chair
Tin Can Alley is a classic blue run, challenging enough for progressing snow enthusiasts while perfect for those looking for a casual run to cruise on.  This beautifully gladed run offers views of Goat’s Eye Mountain.

Advanced: Laryx No. 48, to the left off of Mount Standish Express
Laryx has the challenging steeps and drops for those looking to start their season with a challenge.  Located to the right off of Mount Standish Express, Laryx provides panoramic views of Goat’s Eye, Delirium Dive and Lookout Mountain.