Have you ever stayed slope-side? We just spent a weekend at Sunshine Mountain Lodge, the only ski in and ski out accommodation in Banff National Park. Meaning: you’re guaranteed to get fresh tracks with a stay here. If you love skiing, and are looking for a spring break destination, this is most definitely the place for you.

Inside Sunshine Mountain Lodge - the only ski in and ski out hotel in Banff

A fire and jet tub is just what you need after a day on the slopes. (Photo credit: Josh Robertson)

Sunshine Mountain Lodge

The Huz was first out the door at Sunshine Mountain Lodge, and had a brilliant hour carving through the untouched powder. Then he popped back in the room, warmed up, and joined us for breakfast. This flexibility is the very best part of staying on the mountain at Sunshine Village. If kids get tired, you can just whip them back into the room for twenty minutes of cartoons and then you’re off again.

Best Après in Banff

After a day on the slopes, it’s a rite of passage to enjoy a tipple or two. When considering après ski at Sunshine Village, go for the glühwein (mulled red wine). How cute is that mug? It comes all the way from Europe. Besides the wine, you’ll get a shot glass of liqueur topped with brown sugar cone that’s lit on fire in front of you. Top marks for presentation!

gluewein mug

No, you try to pronounce it!

Room service will bring this (and anything else) up to your room, so you can enjoy après-ski in your long johns, if so desired.

outdoor hot tub Banff

Could this be the best outdoor hot tub in Banff? Quite possibly!

All the ammenities

One of the benefits of staying at Sunshine Mountain Lodge is their amenities. You’ll want to pack your bathing suit as their massive outdoor hot tub is divine. There’s nothing better than a soothing soak to rejuvenate burned out legs.

Need a massage? Verde Day Spa is located on-site, but you need to reserve in advance for your facial or massage. Verde is a legit spa with qualified staff. In fact, it’s my favourite spa in Canmore.

ski resort hotel room

Loft style rooms are elegantly appointed and you get loads of perks when staying at Sunshine Mountain Lodge.

Sunshine Mountain Lodge for Families

It goes without saying that Sunshine Mountain Lodge is a fab place for a family getaway. Since you’re up on the hill (transported there via gondola), there’s no traffic to worry about. Ankle biters can rip around the resort safely, giving them the same immense sense of freedom we enjoyed as kids.

Because everyone funnels back to the same place, caregivers are able to turn off their hovering instincts more quickly. They’e got  a family room filled with games, fuze ball and Wii. Activities (besides skiing) range from yoga to snowshoeing and tobogganing give non-skiers plenty of options.

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family in front of stone fireplace

So many fireplaces, so little time… (Photo credit: Noel Hendrickson)


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