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Sunshine Village


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Sunshine Village


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Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

44

Rank in
Region

5

Rank in
State

1

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Best time for snow at
Sunshine Village
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Sunshine Village

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Saturday
Day
0-1"
Night
0"
Sunday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Monday
Day
0-1"
Night
0"
Tuesday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
Wednesday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
True Snow: 256" per year
Snow Quality Rank

39

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

93

Sunshine Village is ranked No. 93 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

9.3%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

3.8%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

27.7%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

93

Sunshine Village is ranked No. 93 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

39

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

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Core Strengths of Sunshine Village

Core Strengths
Expert
rank
23
score
49.6
Snow Quality
rank
39
score
68.0
Overall
rank
44
score
73.9

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

3514 ft

8954 ft
Base Elevation: 5440 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village is the highest ski area in western Canada. 9.6% of winter days with 6 inches or more of snow and 28% of winter months with 30 inches or less are middle of the pack for western destinations, while 4% of months with 90 inches or more is on the low side. Snow density in Alberta is as light as it gets. Powder skiing can excellent though much of the above timberline terrain faces west into prevailing winds

Accumulation and Preservation

Sunshine's snowfall is consistent, so it averages 80+% open at Christmas and is less than half open at Christmas in 10-15% of seasons. Nonetheless Sunshine is liberal with opening terrain on a thin base and the best skiing is usually in the mid and late season. Sunshine is a high and cold mountain, which is a plus for preserving winter packed powder surfaces well into the spring. For snow stability reasons, expert sectors like Delirium Dive are most likely to be open in March and April. Sunshine stays open through the 3rd weekend in May.