We stayed for the week for our anniversary. Upon the arrival to the base we were allowed to park in the closer VIP lot. We were able to check right in and opted to take our luggage with us up the gondola to the lodge. We were offered the option to have our luggage brought up for us. Dress for the gondola ride cause it can be cold.
The room was nice and clean. The humidifier was a necessity. The bed and pillows were comfortable. There aren't any refrigerators in the room but you can bring dry goods to snack on during your stay.
There are several restaurants up on the hill but the dinner food selection was fairly limited which is understandable since everything has to be brought up via gondola or Sunshine Suzy.
There are more selections available for food during breakfast and lunch.
The food is reasonably priced especially for being up on hill all week. The food portions were big and we even had to split several meals.
Each guest who stays at lodge gets a complimentary locker for gear.
The ski area is truely ski in and ski out. There are several flat spots on the mountain but after going down the runs one time, you figure out where they are and adjust accordingly. The skiing area was large enough that we never waited in line for a chair lift and weren't bored after skiing the same resort for four days. The views were awesome. Taking the continental divide chairlift is a must even if you aren't a excellent skiier.
The large outdoor hot tub and indoor sauna were a big hit after long cold days skiing.
I can't say enough about how friendly the entire staff was. From the time we arrived until the time we departed, they were phenomenal. We always felt as though the staff were going out of their way to make sure everything was taken care of. The day of our departure it was too cold for the gondola to run in the morning. Since we had a flight to catch, they were more than willing to give us a ride down the mountain in Sunshine Suzy.
Thanks for a great week, wish we lived closer.
- 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