Parking allowed again on Sunshine Village access road

Visitors to Sunshine Village ski resort will be able to park along the access road this season when the main lot, which can accommodate 1,600 vehicles, is full. About 800 can fit along the roadway.

There's room for 1,600 vehicles in the ski resort's main parking lot and about 800 can fit along the roadway

Visitors to Sunshine Village will be able to park on the access road this season thanks to a federal court ruling. (Sunshine Village)

Visitors to Sunshine Village ski resort will be able to park along the access road this season when the main lot is full.

Parks Canada had issued the ban citing safety concerns around people walking up and down the road, and the avalanche risk.

But Sunshine officials say the federal court has set aside that decision and they will now work with Parks Canada to find a long-term solution.

"We think that we should be able to work this out together, this isn't rocket science," said Dave Riley, chief operating officer at Sunshine Village.

"We have some ideas and solutions for the parking and that's what we're hoping to achieve with Parks Canada, a real co-operative and collaborative process."

The main parking lot at Sunshine Village fits about 1,600 vehicles and there's room for about 800 along the access road.

In a website created by Sunshine Village to address parking concerns, it says they have proposed seven locations for alternative parking, which won't affect environmentally sensitive areas, but those were rejected by Parks Canada.

With files from Dan McGarvey