Sunshine Mountain Lodge – Banff’s only ski-in-ski-out boutique hotel delivers both powder and peace, high in the Rocky Mountains

Location, location, location.

Deep in the midst of beautiful Banff National Park, perched high on the knife edge of the Continental Divide, Sunshine Village proudly boasts Canada’s best snow. Each year, an average of 30 feet of dry, natural powder blankets this pristine swath of the Rocky Mountains, one of the world’s great icons of untouched wilderness.

Elevate your mountain experience by not merely dreaming of fresh, powder snow, but waking up to it, too. The finest way to experience Banff’s UNESCO World Heritage beauty is with a stay at Sunshine Mountain Lodge — the only ski in, ski out accommodation in Banff National Park. High atop the mountain, this intimate 84-room hotel offers skiers and snowboarders last run, first tracks and pure mountain bliss in between. Nestled at base of the ski lifts, the solitude and serenity of alpenglow sunsets, starry alpine nights and unforgettable dawns are all part of the package. After most skiers descend following a day on the mountain, only Lodge guests remain at this alpine basecamp with a difference. Uniquely yours, Sunshine Mountain Lodge provides total immersion in one of the most beautiful alpine scenes in the world.

Sunshine LodgeOf course, a stay at Sunshine Mountain Lodge comes with all the comforts you’d expect. As the sun sets over the snow-draped Rockies, don cozy robe and slippers and head for a soak the giant outdoor hot tub. Recline in the fragrant heat of the cedar-lined sauna, or perhaps indulge in a restorative massage or facial treatment at the Verde day spa. West Wing rooms are couple and family friendly, and each lovely suite is an alpine sanctuary of queen and king bed arrangements complimented with gas fireplace, flat-screen TV, jet tub and underfloor heating. With the press of a button, remote-controlled shutters reveal towering picture windows opening onto dramatic panoramas of Lookout Mountain. From tasty breakfasts of fresh crepes to sophisticated dinners of bison, black cod and wild salmon at Eagle’s Nest Restaurant, there are nearly a dozen dining options up on the mountain. In The Chimney Corner, deep comfy sofas surround a cozy crackling fire, for relaxing moments with friends new and old. Reaching your destination is pure romance: a high-speed, eight-passenger gondola whisks you up to Sunshine Mountain Lodge in approximately 20 minutes.

At your doorstep, Banff Sunshine is a mountain retreat for friends and family, and skiers and boarders of all levels. The ski season begins early November and goes through to May 20, one of the longest non-glacier seasons anywhere. Join a complimentary guided Snow Host tour or expand your skills with an innovative beginner lesson or, for more experienced skiers and boarders, a small group workshop or private session. Clinics for kids, teens and adults are designed to develop skills and enjoy the entire magnificent mountain. Among many modern, fast lifts, Canada’s only heated chairlift warms as it elevates, high up to blue runs that reveal panorama views onto Canada’s Matterhorn, Mountain Assiniboine, as well as challenging black and double black terrain and the popular Tee Pee Chutes. Adrenaline and challenge are on tap at Delirium Dive, a steep powder zone for experts only. Whatever your speed, Sunshine Village and the boutique coziness of Sunshine Mountain Lodge deliver a Rocky Mountain getaway unlike any other.