Visitor reviews for Sunshine Village Ski Resort

Sunshine Village Ratings

Overall: 3.5. Based on 67 votes and 106 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.5

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Sunshine Village is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.3

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Sunshine Village has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.0

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.6

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.8

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Sunshine Village.

Public Transport: 3.7

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Sunshine Village, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 3.5

(1) No places to stay in/near Sunshine Village, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 2.9

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.8

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Sunshine Village.

Ski in/Ski out: 3.5

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.6

(1) There are no child care facilities at Sunshine Village, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 1.9

(1) Sunshine Village relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.0

(1) There are no snow groomers at Sunshine Village, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Sunshine Village are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.3

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Sunshine Village is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.2

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Sunshine Village, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.5

(1) Sunshine Village usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.0

(1) The staff at Sunshine Village are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Sunshine Village are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.7

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.0

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.1

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.0

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.3

(1) No intermediate terrain at Sunshine Village, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.0

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.7

(1) Not even a kicker at Sunshine Village, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 2.3

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Sunshine Village, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.3

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Sunshine Village has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.0

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 3.2

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.1

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 2.1

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 2.6

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 2.7

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.3

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.5

(1) Overall, Sunshine Village is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.6

(1) Overall, Sunshine Village is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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April 07, 2021
Rob F from Ski Canada Canada
Incredible skiing here with something for everyone. Iconic views, great slack country, consistent snow quality, in-bounds extreme zones. If you're a so-called local Bow Valley "expert" always telling everyone how proud you are of yourself, and have never done a super-lap (Delirium Dive to Wild West) then us city folks will have a good laugh:)
November 26, 2020
Robert from Ski Canada Canada
Sunshine was amazing - fantastic snow and first rate covid safety. So happy they do not allow the crazy "no-maskers". That would shut down the whole place.
November 09, 2020
Sarah-Joy from Ski Canada Canada
I did not get to experience Sunshine Village today as we were refused to even stand in line for a pass as I am mask exempt. It is disheartening as my children were looking forward to learning to skin a beautiful space.
March 03, 2020
Karen from Ski Canada Canada
Just want to say I have never experienced such great service from the rental shop! Got my skis tuned after a sticky couple laps and was overwhelmed by the service Jesse and Cam provided for me. Made my day!
February 22, 2020
Songsparrow from Ski Canada Canada
Best local snow most days. Amazing intermediate choices. SSV overstates their annual snowfall. Good lifts. Staff seem generally happy. Food service excluded here. These poor kids know they serve slop. The garbage tree on the Angel chairlift is a disgrace in a national park. Dirty underwear and diapers hanging from a tree beside the lift. Where else would you see this except at Sunshine Village? Oh yeah, or Lake Louise. Gotta be the worst food at any western Canadian ski resort. Scurfield feels the crowds will come and eat no matter how poor the food. Can't argue there. Worse than Jasper? Hard to achieve this, but yes, worse than Marmot. If you've experienced the food at Whistler-Blackcomb or Whitewater then you know the crap served at Alberta resorts is way substandard. SSV's food is the worst, especially at Goats Eye. Don't give us that "Well it's only a temporary building and the facilities don't..." We know you're slackin' big time Scurfield family! The entitled attitude of this owner who gouges the public and runs a very average operation leaves some of us hoping for a change.
April 26, 2019
David - Wizey from Ski Canada Canada
With Fortress out of order, who really cares!? But, Sunshine has the views, sun and w/Goats eye. There are many hidden spots with challenges. Try Castle for a fun day but, similar to Fortress, it can see windy days. Chutes are fun!
December 22, 2018
Dan from Ski Canada Canada
I live and ski in the Bow valley. This resort is fun and the closest to Canmore/Banff that has good skiing. Is it the gnarliest? No. Go eat at Chimney corner in the hotel. Their food is good. If your basis for putting down this resort is food, you ski for the wrong reasons. If you complain about flat spots, which there are, you’re a slowtard. (Families exempt.) This resort has what you need if you want it. If you are in the Bow Valley from out of town and skiing at peak season or weekend, take a shuttle as Parks Canada has handcuffed the resort with regulations that restrict their parking. It does have better snow than Louise. It does not have as much lift accessed advanced terrain as Louise. If you are actually an extreme skier and want deep snow-sure head over to KH &RMR. Go for It. Those resorts have their problems too. If you want a fun, pleasant resort with relatively consistent good & not icy natural snow, this place is great. People crapping on this resort lack respect. I can out ski every one of you and you can pound salt. Both Louise and Sunshine have their benefits. Don’t skip this resort because some idiot from the city can’t have a good time.
April 16, 2018
Federer from Ski Canada Canada
Wow! For what they call a world class resort, this place reeks of Ontario's small mellow slopes. There really is nothing exciting about this place at all other than the fact that you can ski in and out of BC. My wife was bored in two hours while I was able to get out to Delirium Dive, which was even harder than the groomed runs. DD was great for the only steep they have. But Lake Louise, the next day, knocked it out of the water with steeper in-bounds terrain, better snow, no need to rent a beacon and a little traverse instead of hiking in and a massive traverse out. It doesn't help that the terrain park is two massive traverses to get in and out! I hate to write negative reviews but I felt urged to do so with this resort and frankly all you have to do is go there for a day to finish your business and say you've done it. Lake Louise is better in every single way! Better terrain, better terrain park, has gladed runs, friendlier staff and the food wasn't like eating cardboard out of a dumpster. Skip this wreck and go to Louise!
November 06, 2017
Robert from Ski Canada Canada
SSV is righteous if you really appreciate all kinds of skiing. If you never ski off-piste then SSV is still an excellent area. If you ski slack or backcountry then it's absolutely stellar. Sure, it's a tourist resort and serves a vast Bow Valley, Calgary and AB market of skiers, so it can get crowded at the bottom. Once you get up to the area It's actually got more inbounds skiing and backcountry terrain options than almost every BC resort including White H2O and Red. Don't like the food? Bring your own. Doesn't compare to BC resorts? BS. Find yourself caught up in your own euphoria insulting others and reviewing BC resorts on the SSV page? I am happy for you because I love skiing too, but go to the KHMR page to review KHMR. SSV is beautiful and awesome. Some of the best in-bounds slackcountry around in Delirium Dive, and access to unreal backcountry skiing in almost every direction. Even Standis (a very short lift) offers up a natural terrain park. If you cannot take advantage of this don't knock it. It's still a great resort in-bounds with some challenging terrain on Teepee Town and Goats Eye. Been skiing here for 40+ years. It's colder so consistently the snow is generally better at SSV than all BC resorts except perhaps in Jan and Feb. Other than those 2 months better snow quality and decent quantity. Longer season than almost all resorts too with a full 6+ months.
May 01, 2017
Alex from Ski Canada Canada
To all of you below, you pretty much have to be the whiniest bunch of entitled babies I've ever seen writing about things on the internet. It is now April 30th and Sunshine had 30cm of snow just last week and had been dumped-on most days the four weeks I'd been previously, to the extent that falling over was actually kind of fun. The powder up there is in my opinion the best you can get between Nakiska, Norquay, Louise or any other destination in the region. If you're thinking of boarding or skiing here do it; the facilities are great, the food is expensive but it's fine and the main part of why you're there, the runs, are awesome. If you can bomb fast enough and you know your run well the flat spots really don't matter and that's what it's all about. Stick your alpine ski snobbery and your decades of experience up your ass, just have fun, that's why you go. If you don't like it, don't shit on it just go where you wanna go. [note from the editor: initial part of post will be edited after a short time.]