Whether you’re a seasoned local or have flown from afar to ski or snowboard in the Canadian Rockies, you’re bound to work up an appetite ripping up the slopes. But there’s no need for soggy sandwiches or chairlift granola bars, all three resorts in Banff National Park have unique, decadent, and cozy options to refuel and get back out on the mountain.
Best Après Vibe
The Powder Keg – Lake Louise Ski Resort
Overstuffed leather couches, heaping piles of nachos, and ice-cold pints. The Powder Keg is the ultimate place to switch into chill-mode at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Although, the balcony overlooking the slopes may entice you to get back out for a few last runs.
The Chimney Corner – Banff Sunshine Village
You’ll definitely want to settle in for a while at the Chimney Corner. Two wood-burning fireplaces and expansive bay windows to enjoy the pristine views will beckon your relaxation no matter the time of day. And with a continental menu available from before the first chair to the wee hours of the night, you can do just that.
Most Unique Location
The Cliffhouse Bistro – Mt. Norquay
This iconic building has been a part of Mt. Norquay’s history since the 1950’s, and the ride to get there is just as unique as the architecture. Take in views of the town of Banff below while enjoying one of their eclectic meals – Truffle Chicken and Kale Pesto Flatbread, or Three Cheese Fondue with locally cured meats, to name a few!
Whitehorn Lodge – Lake Louise Ski Resort
Located on the front side, the Whitehorn Bistro hosts stunning panoramic views of the Bow Valley. Cheese fondue, signature seafood chowder, and the Rocky Mountain game platter are just a few of their upscale menu items.
Mad Trapper’s – Banff Sunshine Village
During Banff Sunshine’s very first beginnings, Mad Trapper’s was the only building on the mountain. Since 1928 things have clearly branched out a little, but the historic vibe remains. Soak it in as you enjoy the chef’s signature dry rub or specialty southwestern dishes.
Best Restaurant on the Hill
Eagle's Nest Canadian Bistro – Banff Sunshine Village
Resort dining at its finest. The Eagle’s Nest brings together stunning views of Lookout Mountain, an intimate mountain lodge setting, and high-quality specialty dishes. Best enjoyed from one the window tables to savour the view and the meal.
Kuma Yama – Lake Louise Ski Resort
The newest addition to Lake Louise’s restaurants, Kuma Yama is found in the Lodge of the Ten Peaks and offers fresh sashimi, steaming bowls of ramen, and specialty rolls. An après and kid’s menu and a wrap-around deck created wood right off the mountain make this is a great place to pop in no matter the time of day.
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