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):
- 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.It’s the vacation you and your family will never forget. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Mountain Hotel Banff
- Sunshine Mountain Resort
- Sunshine Village Inn