We travelled to Sunshine Mountain Lodge this February for a family trip. Have visited this ski resort before but stayed in nearby Banff and made use of a rental car.
This time round, we decided to try out the onsite lodge. Located at 7000 feet, the start of your journey is dropping off your luggage and skis at the desk located at the base of the resort. It will take between 2-3 hours before those bags make it up to the lodge, so plan accordingly. Unless it is Friday, the gondola only runs until 530 PM so once up, you must make use of the restaurants (good but on the pricey side for a family), or onsite facilities (whirlpool, sauna, family movie room, coin-operated games, fitness centre), or your room (kettle can be requested). As we arrived on Friday, we trekked back to Banff. Travelling by gondola in pitch blackness is an adventure in itself!
To be able to ski within steps of your hotel room is the drawing card! While the gondola begins to run very early, the chairlifts start between 830 and 900AM. We made close to first tracks each morning. This is particularly AWESOME on Goat's Eye Mountain, and, on the Continental Divide run.
The room we had was very close to the Mt. Standish chairlift but the windows are well insulated so it was very quiet. Having the balcony provided a "fridge" for a few snacks we had brought along, as well as a quick way to leave the hotel room. Note though that one of your party must lock the door from the inside and then join you outside. The room itself was tiny - although it was stated it was for four. Murphy and queen bed provided but not much room for storing clothing (and there are bulky pieces considering you are skiing)! Shower great but lukewarm water only.
For a larger family, you would definitely need the loft rooms which are a great deal more expensive.
We enjoyed the breakfast buffet offered - wonderful food and not greasy! A real treat actually. Service was wonderful both on the hills and in the restaurant. Front desk staff at hotel also helpful. Down at base - could use a bit more training for when guests first arrive. We expected more information to be provided, and, a warmer welcome.
Overall, we'd go back in a second. Being there for the first run and skiing right to the end was fantastic. Also, being able to stretch out those limbs following intense skiing over lunch was great too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled high in the Canadian Rockies in Canada's oldest and most famous national park, this eco-boutique hotel delivers extraordinary luxury surrounded by breathtaking scenery. It is place unlike anything you have ever experienced.World-famous dining. Opulent rooms . Friendly, courteous staff. Outside, a sky so full of stars you won't believe your eyes. And some of the best skiing you'll ever find, just footsteps from your room. The Sunshine Mountain Lodge is the ONLY ski-in, ski-out hotel in the Mountain National Parks. It offers casual and fine dining, the area's largest hot tub, spa services and family friendly activities. Our new West Wing offers rooms with in-floor heating, jetted tubs, large-screen LCD TVs, all in a rustic mountain theme. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Mountain Hotel Banff
- Sunshine Mountain Resort
- Sunshine Village Inn