Ski Like a Local – CRMR Insider Tips at Sunshine Village in Banff

Blessed with some of the lightest and airiest powder revered by skiers and boarders worldwide, CRMR staff spend a lot of time on the world-renowned ski hills of the Canadian Rockies.

“We are incredibly lucky to be able to live near places that people spend a lifetime dreaming of skiing – Sunshine Village in Banff, Lake Louise Ski Resort in Lake Louise, and Mt. Norquay, near Banff,” says Pamela Bigg, Sales and Marketing Manager for City Properties.


With a wealth of inside knowledge from years of skiing in the Rockies, we asked some of our most proficient CRMR skiers to recommend their favourite runs, best places to ski, and any other gems.

Hopefully these tips will help you have the most memorable ski day. And for those beginner skiers, know that there are plenty of runs for you to enjoy!

Get the most out of your day at Sunshine Village, just a 15 minute drive from the town of Banff, with these tips from Pamela Bigg.

“This season, Sunshine put in a heated chairlift the first of its kind in Canada,” Pamela explained. “The seat itself is heated, but what I think really makes it amazing is the large plastic bubble cover that cuts all wind and cold. There are foot rests too, which is an added luxury. It really makes skiing on cold and/or windy days much more enjoyable.”

Pamela also shared her favourite run: “My favourite run at Sunshine is the North Divide. You start at nearly 9000ft elevation with views for days. You take the Great Divide Express chair lift up to ski this run. It has a great pitch of moguls at the top and then gives you the option to take a green, blue or black diamond run back to the bottom. From this lift you can also take a blue run all the way to the bottom. Perfect for skiing in groups as it offers something for just about everyone.”

A useful tip that you will thank her for later, is one that helps when skiing on particularly cold and windy days: ski lower down.

“On cold or windy days, I often like skiing the lower part of the mountain,” Pamela shared. “Taking the Wolverine Express Chairlift allows you to ski in these lower areas which offers tree lined runs – they cut the wind and are very scenic! This lift offers skiing for all abilities. You can also access Goat’s Eye Mountain from this area if you want to venture up a little higher.”

And of course, no recommendation is complete without a food-related tip! CRMR prides itself on our signature Rocky Mountain Cuisine, featuring local, fresh, home-made food like bison and elk raised on our game ranch, Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch.

So of course food is always top of mind for our staff, as Pamela explains, “Working for CRMR, food is certainly of the utmost importance. The hotel at Sunshine Village has a full service restaurant called the Chimney Corner Dining Room. The dining room features large windows overlooking the hill, fireplaces, and overall just a nice, relaxing atmosphere to enjoy lunch. It is a great option for lunch to avoid the cafeteria-style service offered in the main day lodge.”

Another avid skier on the CRMR team, Manuelle Cote-Gravel, Tour and Leisure Sales Coordinator, raved about the views at Sunshine too.

“Sunshine has an amazing view from Lookout Mountain (Great Divide Express and the South Divide Chairlifts.) It’s a must to get up there and take in that amazing scenery.”

Manuelle goes on to describe some of the more memorable terrain.

“Terrain-wise, Upper Tee Pee Town is unreal after a good snowfall. It’s harder to access, so you’re almost guaranteed fresh tracks. Added bonus: you get to take the new heated chairlifts to get to it.”

She continued enthusiastically, “Goat’s Eye is also a lot of fun, and challenging, the runs are all trees or moguls with fewer skiers. If you’re looking for something so challenging that you NEED to sit on the chairlift afterwards because your legs are burning so much, then Goat’s Eye is the way to go. Usually you ski down Banff Avenue, to the Jack Rabbit chair and then from there, catch it again at the top of the chair-a really fun and LONG way down, such a great way to end the day!”

“But, most people don’t know that there’s a run that connects from the Jack Rabbit chairlift to Banff Avenue called the Canyon,” says Manuelle. “The run is really narrow and not recommended for novice skiiers, because you have to jump off a cliff! Crazy fun. But only for experts.”

Sunshine Village has a variety of trails, suitable for all types of skiiers. Whether you find yourself following Pamela and Manuelle’s tips, or heading off on your adventure, there is something for everyone at this world-class resort.

There are so many exciting runs to discover, one day surely won’t be enough. Make a weekend or week-long trip out of it, and take advantage of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resort’s Ski and Stay’ Special featuring one night accommodation and one adult tri-area lift ticket per person, which is valid at Mt. Norquay, Lake Lake Louise or Sunshine Village.

This package is valid at either Buffalo Mountain Lodge or Deer Lodge, and includes a complimentary shuttle to Lake Louise Ski Hill from Deer Lodge, or a complimentary ride to the Banff Ski Bus at Buffalo Mountain Lodge (subject to availability).

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