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Banff ski resort upset with proposed guidelines

The view at Sunshine Village, where the slopes are open for the earliest start on the season in more than 30 years. Sunday, November 6th, 2016. (Kendra Scurfield - Sunshine Village)

BANFF, Alta. – An internationally known ski resort in Banff National Park says a plan proposed by Parks Canada could hinder its future success.

The guidelines for Sunshine Village provide a framework for future use, growth and development until 2060.

Officials with Banff National Park say it’s the last ski resort in the mountain national parks without a set of guidelines.

The guidelines, which are out for public comment until Sunday, would allow the resort to accommodate up to 8,500 visitors at a time — up from 6,000.

The proposal allows for development of more terrain, but reduces the ski area’s 917-hectare lease by about 15 per cent.

Officials with the resort have launched a campaign to criticize the draft plan.

Sunshine Village says it would hurt the overall visitor experience at the resort.

Environmental groups say they don’t believe Sunshine should be allowed to expand without a better system to track the number of people who use the area.