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Sunshine Village


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Sunshine Village


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Pro tip: Situated in a unique spot in the world, Sunshine Village brings rustic charm and elegance to the sheer and soaring faces of the Canadian Rockies. The Banff area beckons to adventure seekers all year, but it's the winter when the this range shows its true muscle, with white-clad flinty peaks that evoke the Himalayas. The lodging here runs the gamut, but the top end is among the best. Early season is often good, as there are glaciers and the northerly latitude helps preserve snow.  MORE

Core Strenghts

Sunshine Village
Overall
72.6
Snow Quality
67.8
Snow Volume
52.8
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

48

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
Friday
Day
0-1"
Night
0"
Saturday
Day
0"
Night
0-1"
Sunday
Day
0-1"
Night
1-2"
Monday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
Tuesday
Day
2-4"
Night
3-5"
Powderfares - 6"+ snow on the way! Go now!
Powderfares!
6"+ of snow
on the way
Go now!
SEA to YYC
depart Mon Dec 18
return Wed Dec 20
Alaska
$521
ATL to YYC
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$664
BOS to YYC
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$691
LAX to YYC
depart Mon Dec 18
return Wed Dec 20
WestJet
$718
DFW to YYC
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$811
ORD to YYC
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$817
IAH to YYC
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
Air Canada
$835
SFO to YYC
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
Air Canada
$862
EWR to YYC
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
Air Canada
$913
MSP to YYC
depart Sun Dec 17
return Wed Dec 20
United
$1,206
True Snow: 257" per year
Snow Quality Rank

39

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

Dump Potential Rank

94

Sunshine Village is ranked No. 94 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

94

Sunshine Village is ranked No. 94 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.

Comparables

Sunshine Village

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.