Resort on Banff’s Tunnel Mountain boasts scenic views and condos with full kitchens and fireplaces; wine and s’mores included
Hotel at a Glance: Hidden Ridge Resort
The Hidden Ridge Resort lies within the secluded confines of Banff’s Tunnel Mountain. Though the resort overlooks downtown Banff, it remains far enough away for guests who want quieter, more private vacations. Each of the resort’s condo-style rooms adds to this sense of privacy with a full kitchen and a balcony or patio.
- Wine and s’mores are included, perfect for enjoying while curled up beside a condo’s fireplace.
- Two-for-one movie tickets: The Lux Cinema shows new movies on four screens in a small, retro-style theater.
- Loft condo with game room has a basement with a foosball or bubble hockey table, pullout sofa, and 40-inch LCD TV with Nintendo Wii
- Two outdoor hot tubs, open during every season, boast picturesque views of the mountains.
- Year-round barbecue: in the communal outdoor picnic area
- Complimentary passes to the ROAM transit bus which travels to downtown Banff, which is lined with restaurants and bars as well as boutiques and art galleries
Banff, Alberta: Four Seasons of Outdoor Fun in the Canadian Rockies
The tiny mountain town of Banff is ringed by rugged peaks and dense pine forests in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, about 90 minutes west of Calgary. The town is just minutes away from year-round outdoor activities at Banff National Park. The park encompasses 2,564 square miles of snow-capped mountains, coniferous forests, and glacial lakes that are a shocking shade of blue; US News & World Report called Banff one of the best national parks in the world.
In the winter, skiing is the area’s big draw, with three ski resorts totaling nearly 300 runs. Once the snow melts, you can still enjoy the brisk mountain air on miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails such as Stoney Squaw Summit, a route that wends through dense forests to a stunning mountain vista. Banff Upper Hot Springs, open all year long, is another popular attraction. The mineral-rich waters stay at a constant 98 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.