Sunshine Village vs Mt. Norquay: Best Place to Ski in Banff?


Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay are two ski resorts which are located very closely together in Banff, Canada, but what is the difference between them? In this article, I’ll be directly comparing the pros and cons of Mt. Norquay and Sunshine village so you can decide which to go to next!

Mt. Norquay vs Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village is a significantly larger resort and has better snow quality compared to Mt. Norquay. Mt. Norquay is cheaper and is located closer to Banff town and Calgary compared to Sunshine Village. Mt. Norquay is the only resort which offers night skiing.

Aspect of the ResortBest Resort
Number and Variety of TrailsSunshine Village
Night SkiingMt. Norquay
Snow QualitySunshine Village
Ski VillageSunshine Village
Cheapest Tickets/ RentalsMt. Norquay
Most Accessible LocationMt. Norquay
Mt. Norquay vs Sunshine Village

Ski Map and Pistes

Sunshine Village is a much larger resort compared to Mount Norquay and has 3500 acres of skiable terrain compared to Mt. Norquay’s 190 acres.

Sunshine Village has a wide variety of terrain and trails to suit all ability levels. Mt. Norquay doesn’t have many trails for intermediate level skiers (blue circle) and mainly caters for expert skiers. There also some trails suitable for beginners but not as many compared to Sunshine Village.

  • Average Ski Season Dates for Sunshine Village Resort: Early Nov – Late May
  • Average Ski Season Dates for Mt. Norquay Resort: Early Nov – Late April

Mt. Norquay is the only resort out of the Banff big three (Sunshine Village, Lake Louse and Mt. Norquay) that offers night skiing.

Here is a link to the piste maps for both resorts:

StatisticsSunshine VillageMt. Norquay
Base Elevation5450 feet (1660 m)5500 feet (1680 m)
Top Elevation8960 feet (2730 m)8040 feet (2450 m)
Skiable Terrain3500 acres190 acres
Vertical Drop3361 feet (1070 m)1650 feet (503 m)
Total Trails120 60
Green Circle Trails (Beginner)23%38%
Blue Square Trails (Intermediate)46%25%
Black/ Double Black Diamond Trails (Expert)31%37%
Longest Run5 miles (8 km)0.75 miles (1.2 km)
Night SkiingNoYes
Slope and piste map information for Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay

Snow and Weather

Sunshine Village has a higher elevation compared to Mt. Norquay which means it has better snow quality and a longer ski season. If you’re looking for the best ski experience possible then Sunshine Village is by far the best option.

  • Average Ski Season Dates for Sunshine Village Resort: Early Nov – Late May
  • Average Ski Season Dates for Mt. Norquay Resort: Early Nov – Late April
MonthTemperature in
Sunshine Village
Temperature in
Mt. Norquay
November-7°C / 19°F-6°C / 21°F
December-14°C / 7°F-12°C / 10°F
January-12°C / 10.5°F-13°C / 8.5°F
February-12.5°C / 9.5°F-12°C / 10°F
March-7°C / 19°F-5°C / 23°F
April-1°C / 30°F1°C / 34°F
Average temperature during ski season of Sunshine Village and Mt. Norquay
MonthBase Snow Depth Sunshine VillageBase Snow Depth Mt. NorquayPeak Snow Depth Sunshine VillagePeak Snow Depth Mt. Norquay
Nov81 cm (32”)35.5 cm (14”)97 cm (38”)35.5 cm (14”)
Dec112 cm (44”)53 cm (21”)127 cm (50”) 71 cm (28”)
Jan135 cm (53”)74 cm (29”)178 cm (70”) 84 cm (33”)
Feb157 cm (62”) 71 cm (28”)213 cm (84”)94 cm (37”)
Mar183 cm (72”)66 cm (26”)241 cm (95”)102 cm (40”)
Apr165 cm (6