I've been skiing for 40 years and coming to this area for the same number. I've skied around the globe but this year we tried New Years Eve on the hill. It was a bit uneven at times, but overall an excellent experience.
First, one must remember this Lodge operates in a National Park, which creates unique challenges for its owner/operators/managers. The Lodge is under continuous scrutiny for its business model and its ecological impact must be managed with this in mind.This is not Verbier, Tahoe or even Whistler for that matter. It's a bit austere - don't expect a long hot shower! However, the rooms are comfortable, warm, and clean. Ski storage in the provided lockers and a boot drying area are well conceived. Logistics are very well managed and all the staff are well trained, informed and empowered to be helpful.
The mountain atmosphere in the main lodge is anchored by a huge stone wall with two gorgeous fireplaces. Ample seating, a varied menu of top quality food at good prices provides couples, singles and families alike with plenty of choices.
For our special evening, apres ski was fireside and we thoroughly enjoyed the live musician, Shane Phillip who is tremendously vesatile and talented. For dinner we took a late sitting for the fixed price offering in The Eagle's Nest dining room. It was heavily subscribed and perhaps slightly understaffed but the food was worth waiting for. Overall, we were very pleased - especially as one of our party didn't eat meat/fish and our waitress accomodated a menu selection from the a la carte menu from the adjacent restaurant. This is the kind of gracious flexibility that wins!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The best kept secret in the Canadian Rockies is located at 7,200 feet in Canada’s oldest and most famous National Park, Banff National Park. The Sunshine Mountain Lodge offers incredible comfort, luxury and convenience. Experience the anticipation of fresh tracks as you catch the first chairlift after waking just steps from the only ski-in, ski-out accommodations in Alberta. Sunshine Village’s professional and friendly staff take care of all the details allowing you to do what you do best; whether it’s skiing Sunshine’s world famous snow, relaxing in the hot pool and spa or dining at one of the Lodge’s casual or elegant venues. When you are done enjoying your “best day ever!” relax by immersing yourself in the peacefulness and tranquility of undisturbed nature of our village. Afterwards, delight in the accommodations of the enhanced West Wing suites that offer heated floors, jetted tubs, floor-to-ceiling windows and fireplaces offering cozy entertainment to send you to sleep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Mountain Hotel Banff
- Sunshine Mountain Resort
- Sunshine Village Inn