Learning to Ski at Sunshine Village, Banff

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Sunshine Village stands as a beacon for winter enthusiasts everywhere. As the snow covered peaks of Banff National Park came into view, my anticipation built for the adventure ahead. Join me as we explore the world of Sunshine Village and discover why it’s a must visit destination for skiers of all levels, abilities and ages!

The journey to Sunshine Village is an adventure in itself. As I drove through the scenic and familiar mountain passes, the landscape transforms into a wonderland. The snow capped peaks and towering evergreens stretching as far as the eye can see. Arriving at the base of the resort, you’re greeted by the warm hospitality and contagious excitement that fills the air.

Why learn to ski in Sunshine Village ?

Learning to ski at the Sunshine Village offers a transformative experience that blends breathtaking landscapes with world-class skiing opportunities. Nestled within the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Sunshine Valley boasts pristine snow conditions and diverse terrain suitable for all skill levels. This is the ideal destination for beginners and seasoned skiers alike. Whether you’re gliding down gentle slopes or conquering challenging runs, the resort provides an immersive setting for mastering the art of skiing. With expert instructors guiding you every step of the way, you’ll develop confidence and technique while surrounded by the stunning beauty of Banff National Park.

Learning to Ski at Sunshine Village, Banff

Staying at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge

The Sunshine Village comprises of several buildings, one of which is the stunning Sunshine Mountain Lodge. The lodge features comfy rooms with beautiful views over the hills and mountains. There is also an outdoor hot tub and indoor cedar sauna to relax in after a long day of skiing.

Learning to Ski at Sunshine Village, Banff

When the day is over lockers are provided for you to store your skis as well as evening activities to keep you busy. My favorite evening event was cooking smore’s over the fire, tobogganing and snow shoeing! My favorite reason to stay at the lodge is meeting fellow skiers and getting up early to catch the very first chair lift!

The Learning Process

Step one of the learning process is to get equipped, you will need ski’s boots, poles, goggles, a helmet and of course warm clothing. Thankfully, the resort does offer rentals for those of us missing the required equipment, including children’s sizes! Step two is lessons, I was fortunate enough to have access to two days of private classes.

I HIGHLY recommend the private lessons as my instructor, Mealis, was a very experienced and enthusiastic instructor who not only showed me the basics within the first few hours but gave me practical tips that would allow me to progress quickly.

By the end of the second day I was completing blue runs! That being said, skiing is NOT a race and everyone will learn at different paces. Make sure you enjoy the process of learning and retain as much as you can. My instructor said many times, do not be afraid to ask questions or request feedback.

Skiing at Sunshine Village

Regardless of whether or not you’re a seasoned pro or strapping on skis for the first time, Sunshine Village offers something for everyone. With over 3,300 acres of skiable terrain and an impressive vertical drop, the possibilities are endless. Beginners can hone their skills on gentle slopes and scenic trails, while adrenaline junkies can tackle challenging black diamond runs and exhilarating glades.

Learning to Ski at Sunshine Village, Banff

One of the highlights of Sunshine Village is the renowned Delirium Dive, a legendary off-piste playground for expert skiers. With steep chutes, deep powder, and breathtaking views, it’s a true test of skill and nerve. For those craving a more leisurely experience, the Sunshine Meadows provide a serene escape, with pristine cross-country ski trails and panoramic vistas of the surrounding peaks.

My top 5 memories at Sunshine Village

  • 1. Learning to Ski – I had a great time with my instructor, she is not only very well versed in skiing but she was a knowledgeable instructor that understood how to train someone from the ground up. By the second day I felt that I had made a new friend as well as a good understanding how to navigate the many ski areas within the resort. I know I will be utilizing these skills throughout my travels as well as in my own backyard.
  • 2. Soaking in the outdoor hot tub – Every night after a long day of skiing and using muscles I didn’t even know I had I loved relaxing in the Sunshine Mountain Lodge hot tub. Watching the sun set over the Rockies from the warmth of the water as snow falls from the ski was such a magical experience.
  • 3. Evening s’mores by the fire – I loved the nostalgia of roasting marshmallows to perfection (or burning them to a crisp if you’re like me). Not to mention the satisfaction of smooshing them between chocolate and two pieces of graham crackers to create the most beautiful dessert’s of the camping world. While I do not have kids I did enjoy seeing all their smiling faces covered in chocolate as their parents chase them around to prevent them from creating a sticky marshmallow mess on their clothes. This was such a fun and simple night time event.
Learning to Ski at Sunshine Village, Banff

4. Tobogganing in Sunshine Village – I am in my 30’s and the thought of flinging my body down a hill at high speed, with very little control over what direction I go was a daunting thought. After watching a few people go down the hill I decided It was now or never, and all the memories flooded back. We did not have the luxury padded toboggan made of wood that the lodge provided growing up, but I can still remember whizzing down hills on old pizza boxes. This hill was much bigger and much better maintained so I excited flew down that hill over and over until the sun started to go down.

Learning to Ski at Sunshine Village, Banff

5. Skiing in the Rockies – Beyond the thrills of skiing, Sunshine Village offers a chance to connect with nature in its purest form. As you glide down the slopes, you’re surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery, from towering peaks to pristine alpine meadows. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including majestic elk and elusive snowshoe hares, you never know what you might encounter!


Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a wobbly beginner, Sunshine Village promises an unforgettable winter getaway. With world class skiing and breathtaking scenery it’s a destination that captures the spirit of the Canadian Rockies.

Skiing in Sunshine Village is more than just a winter pastime, it’s an immersive journey into the heart of the Canadian Rockies. From adrenaline-pumping runs to serene mountain vistas, every moment is a testament to the beauty and wonder of nature. So come discover the magic of Sunshine Village and create memories that will last a lifetime. See you on the slopes!

Learning to Ski at Sunshine Village Video

Stephen Gollan

Uncharted Backpacker is a glimpse at the past eleven years of globetrotting I have done. Now at over ninety countries I share my travel knowledge for you so you too can travel the world and see what wonders it has to offer.

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