Banff Sunshine Village: Tackling My Fears

 

My goal is to feel more confident on the mountain. I believe that I am a solid blue (intermediate) skier but that it not true. I am actually an advanced (black) skier in my body but my mind is not always with me. I had challenges learning to ski as a child and when I hear skis scrape on the ice or the light goes flat, I can forget that I have been skiing for years at many mountains and I can do it.

VIDEO:  Why to Ski and Stay at Banff Sunshine Village

Sophia Faller has been teaching skiing at Banff Sunshine Village for 2 years and was at Lake Louise Resort and Gondola for three years before that. She is spending two days with me to show me around the three mountains and give me a few pointers! Her teaching style is to add tools to attack different ski conditions and use great metaphors like stepping down the stair case so you can understand what your body is meant to do.

Ski Banff May 2018During our first day we skied at Wawa, up the Great (Continental) Divide where we were in two provinces in one run and to the harder part of the three mountains, Goat’s Eye Mountain. The most challenging section of the mountain is not open right now due to spring conditions in May. Safety is paramount at every ski mountain and it is no different here on my first trip to ski in Canada.

I can see Delirium Dive which is inside the boundaries of the resort and has restricted entry. You must wear a transceiver to enter and you should be with your ski buddy and carry avalanche gear. Maybe someday I am going to ski there.

Lisa Niver and Sophia Faller at Banff SunshineMy goal is to go helicopter skiing and cat skiing next season. That was my goal this season but the snow in Utah did not cooperate on the trip where I had planned to cat ski and then I got a bit afraid that I was not ready yet.

With Sophia, I learned that my next step is to take an avalanche course so I know how to use a beacon. I would go with an instructor into Delirium Dive but I want to know how to use the tools and be prepared. Sophia has given me another goal to come back and ski the chutes. I like to know the steps to reach my goal because it feels less overwhelming. I know I can do it if I just keep going.

It is a mental choice. I am strong enough and I have been practicing. I still need more days on snow but I also need to believe in my abilities. Sophia gives a ten week class which meets once a week and often the goal is to take strong blue skiers to the next level of skill and confidence and at the end they ski the shoots.

What if you believed you could do anything you tried?

What would your goal be?

Banff Sunshine Village Photo by Lisa Niver

Sunshine Mountain Lodge is a family owned mountain side hotel which is only reachable by gondola. Banff Sunshine’s 2018 season ended this year on May 21, 2018. They will reopen in November 2019. Will you be here? The Ski Team is ready to welcome you and help you take your skiing to the next level.

GEAR: Blizzard Black Pearl from SkiBig3

I took the train from Vancouver to Banff and then skied at Banff Sunshine Village. I rented my ski clothes and gear from SkiBig3. I was thrilled with the top skis. I have used Black Pearls at several resorts and they are phenomenal skis. The clothes were perfect and the service was superb.

STAY: Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Gondola is open until 5:30pm.

I loved my room which is the only property with ski-in/ski-out in all of Banff. Sunrise from my room was gorgeous over the ski mountain. It was so much fun to stay overnight at the top of the world. The food is fantastic and the room was really comfortable. It was great to stroll through the building to dinner and breakfast and be able to be first on the mountain.

EAT: Eagles Nest, Chimney Corner, Mad Trappers. There are many choices at Banff Sunshine Village.

TRANSFER: How to get here? Fly into Calgary and it is a 90 minute car or bus transfer to the mountain, a 20min gondola ride to the top, and your luggage will be transferred up and down seamlessly! I arrived in Banff on the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Lisa Niver skiing at Banff Sunshine Village

Lisa Ellen Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

2 responses to “Banff Sunshine Village: Tackling My Fears

  1. Hi Lisa, I enjoy reading about your adventure at the ski resort.
    Thank you for sharing your real meaning of freedom and relaxation especially when skiing at Banff Sunshine Village with the great feeling of flying and the unforgettable landscape.
    Thank you for telling us your travel story with its all details in the way that makes us live your adventure.
    You are really a talented blogger, courage adventurer and professional photographer.
    Reem

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