The best way to discover hidden gems in mountain towns to explore it firsthand with locals who know it best. Welcome to Mountain Recon our snowboard travel series that dives into resorts and highlights the best terrain, après spots, places to stay, nightlife and beyond.
This episode kicks off the series with Eddie Wall and crew as they rally up to Sunshine Village Resort located outside of Banff, Alberta, Canada. This resort is known for their expansive terrain that’s spread across three peaks nestled in the Canadian Rockies. The crew wastes no time in meeting up with locals who take them on runs including; Standish, Headwall and Wild West which have no shortage of sidehits and natural terrain. Sunshine Village is geared towards riders of all levels, from beginner to pro, and they also boast a world-class park.
Following a solid day of ripping around the mountain, Eddie and his new locals homies head to Mad Trapper’s, where they sip strong Caesars and talk about the history of this incredible resort.
Sunshine Village Local’s Guide
Local’s Favorite Runs:
TeePee Town : High-Speed Quad- Canada’s first heated lift
The historic spot where TransWorld Snowboarding’s first magazine cover was shot in 1987
Where to Stay:
Sunshine Mountain Lodge — Located up the gondola, Ride-in and Ride-out
Mad Trapper’s — Historic original day lodge famous for Caesar’s and mouthwatering applewood- smoked meats
Vertical rise: 3,514 feet (1,070 meters)
Base elevation: 5,440 feet (1,658 meters)
Top elevation: 8,954 feet (2,730 meters)
About Travel Alberta:
Despite being polite Canadians we aren’t shy about shouting it from the rooftops: Alberta is awesome! From our rugged and majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains to lively cities brimming with music, culture and nightlife to the mysterious Canadian Badlands, Alberta is a holiday destination unlike any other. The wild, natural beauty, legendary hospitality and extraordinary friendliness of this place are enough to give even the most experienced travelers goosebumps.
Stay tuned for more Mountain Recon Episodes dropping soon!