Sunshine Mountain Lodge at Sunshine Village stands alone as a unique lodging destination. It sits slopeside adjacent to lifts, like lodges at other resorts, but it is not one you can reach with a car. Its location puts it far from trains, highways, and the usual sounds of resorts.
To reach the lodge requires a 25-minute gondola ride. You might have to dodge a few skiers en route on foot from the gondola to the lodge, but once day visitors vacate, the sounds reduce to the wind.
"It was so quiet, which added to the whole experience," Barb Penner, visitor from Montana, told us. "All the lifts are shut down, there's no highways outside, and except for a little snow equipment, there was not a human sound to be heard."
The lodge's new West Wing, which opened last December, was designed to maintain the same footprint as the original wing with eco-conscious choices in its amenities. Big windows add natural light to the compact rooms. Loft rooms, which can sleep families, have 27-foot floor-to-ceiling windows to light both levels. Renovation of the entire lodge added slate bathrooms with eco-toilets to all rooms.
Sunshine Mountain Lodge works for those who want to get on the slopes for first tracks and enjoy quiet evenings. The gondola runs on Friday nights until 10 p.m. for those who want to hop into town for dining. Otherwise, complimentary evening activities include snowshoe tours, tobogganing, trivia night, interpretive talks, stargazing, bonfires, hot tubbing, movie night, and board games. Dining is available in the lounge or restaurant.
The lodge offers two specials for those staying multiple nights. The fifth night and fifth day's lift tickets are free when you book four nights or the seventh night and seventh day's lift tickets are free when you book six nights. Stays must start on Sunday for these specials, which are available all season except Dec. 26-Jan.2.
Online reservations for Sunshine Mountain Lodge can be made through Ski Big3. Sunshine Mountain Lodge and Sunshine Village have been open this year since Nov. 19.