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Canada’s highest ski resort, only 8 km/5 mi west of the Banff townsite via Hwy 1 (Map 1,10A; 1-877-542-2633), is now home to Canada’s first chairlift with heated seats. The new TeePee Town LX high-speed quad’s orange bubbles cover riders to provide res-pite from inclement weather and wind chill.
This resort boasts the Rockies’ longest ski season, this year to May 23. Encompassing three mountains and a 1,070-m/3,514-ft vertical rise, many of Sunshine’s 115 runs are above tree line. Stellar views extend to 80 km/50 mi. Tip: look south to Mount Assiniboine, Canada’s Matterhorn!
From the base, the world’s fastest eight-passenger gondola rises to the village, seven high-speed quads and four other lifts. Beginners ski Strawberry and Wolverine, while cruisers on Boundary Bowl ski in both Alberta and BC. Free riders tackle “Canada’s most extreme off-piste” on Delirium Dive and Wild West; an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel (rentals at Snowtips), and partner are required.