Sunshine Mountain Lodge, Sunshine Village, Banff lodging
The ride up to Sunshine Mountain Lodge sure beats a cab | Photo Credit: Taylor Ahearn / | Cover Photo: Sunshine Village

In North America, it’s rare to find “on mountain lodging” they have in places like say, the Swiss Alps. However in Banff’s Sunshine Village, they do things quite differently.

The only ski-in ski-out accommodation in Banff National Park, Sunshine Mountain Lodge is located 7,200 feet above sea level and guests must ride the entire length of the Sunshine Village gondola before getting cozy in the high alpine of the Canadian Rockies. This 4-star hotel is nothing if not extraordinary and features unbeatable hot tub views, early-morning access for those first chair obsessed powder hounds, and starry nights that would make Van Gogh consider revisiting his masterpiece.

Sunshine Village on mountain lodging
Sweet dreams | Photo Credit: Jake Burchmore /

For families, the Sunshine Mountain Lodge features an in-house arcade, sledding, and the occasional bonfire by which to roast marshmallows. If you need to get online, high-speed WIFI is offered throughout space.


Luxury lodging banff
Rooms complete with spa-inspired bathrooms | Photo Credit: Sunshine Mountain Lodge

Whether you’re a family of five or a couple looking for a romantic getaway, there’s a perfect room option for all those looking to spend a night at The Sunshine Mountain Lodge.

West Wing Loft – Spa-inspired bath, 1 king, 1 queen, 1 murphy Queen

West Wing Premiere Room –  1 bath, 1 queen, 1 murphy queen

Main Lodge Suite – Spa-inspired bath, 1 king, private balcony

Deluxe Balcony Room – 1 bath, 1 queen, 1 trundle bed

Deluxe Waterfall Room – 1 bath, 1 queen, 1 trundle bed


Apres banff
Bon appetit | Photo Credit: Sunshine Village

As far as ski resort restaurants and bars go, there are 3 options open past 5pm that cater to hotel guests. Guests looking for culinary delights will be more than pleased by either the Eagle’s Nest or Chimney Corner, both of which serve up a variety of unique plates. The favorite bar is Mad Trapper’s Smokehouse, which serves pub fare for those looking for something more casual.


Lodging at Sunshine Village
Flying high in big mountains | Photo Credit: Jake Burchmore /

Perhaps the best part of staying on the upper reaches of Sunshine Village is the easy access to first chair. Whether that’s on the Angel Express, Standish, or Wawa chairs, you’ve got a head start on the rest of the pack.



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