B A N F F S U N S H I N E , A L B E R TA

SKI - - RESORTS OF THE YEAR 2019 -

Ev­ery once in a while, a re­sort sur­prises us. Banff Sun­shine (for­merly Sun­shine Vil­lage), out­side of the town of Banff, is once of those places. There’s no snow­mak­ing here—Sun­shine re­lies on Mother Na­ture’s good graces, which typ­i­cally sup­plies the re­sort with 360 inches of fluff an­nu­ally. The ter­rain is ex­pan­sive: three moun­tains, of­fer­ing 3,358 acres, in a horse­shoe around a cen­tral base and sin­gle ho­tel. The base area is a gon­dola ride from the park­ing lot, so guests at the Sun­shine Moun­tain Lodge get the re­sort to them­selves—and first tracks when the lift start spin­ning in the morn­ing. A high el­e­va­tion means it can get pretty chilly here, but if that’s the price of a rel­a­tively snow-sure sea­son, we’ll pack our ex­tra lay­ers. Ex­perts: Con­sider test­ing your met­tle on Delir­ium Dive. Pack your avy gear and sign in at the pa­trol shack first.

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