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Fresh snow blanketed Sunshine Village ski resort’s almost-full parking lot Friday afternoon as enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders climbed out of their cars.
“I was just saying how lucky we are we didn’t have to park on the road,” pointed out Peter Wall, who drove in to Banff from Calgary.
Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort says they are “shocked and dismayed” that Parks Canada is prohibiting parking along the Sunshine access road beginning next fall.
Last week, Parks sent a letter to the resort stating they are implementing a parking ban on the eight-kilometre stretch of roadway in the interest of public safety and to help address issues with vehicular congestion.
People heading to Banff to hit the slopes may have had to park on an access road in the past to get to Sunshine Village during busy times. But that could be off limits come next season, as Parks Canada hopes to ban people from stopping there.
The proposal is said to address safety concerns, but Sunshine Village chief operating officer Dave Riley said the move was a shock and it would be an unfair ban, considering overflow parking on local roads happens all over Alberta’s mountain destinations.