FEB 15/ 2012

Castle Mountain Chalets offers a great stay for Lake Louise travellers


Sterling Todd Keys

Mount Washington, British Columbia, Canada
Castle Mountain Chalets offers individual cabins and an outstanding location for both relaxation and adventure.
Photo courtesy of Sterling Todd Keys

CASTLE MOUNTAIN, AB — After a day of skiing, hiking, and only taking small breaks to grab a packed lunch in the trees, it was almost torture to think about the long drive back to Edmonton from Lake Louise Ski Area.

Fortunately, nestled between Lake Louise and Sunshine Village, just off of Highway 1, is the saving grace of Castle Mountain Chalets.

A cluster of beautifully-designed cabins form the accommodation, each cabin being individually rented out and furnished for great comfort. After checking in at the rustic convenience store at the entrance of the grounds, which is fitted with a functioning old-fashioned gas pump, we made our way to our private cabin and begun unloading our gear.

It’s a great feeling to be surrounded by towering mountains after spending the day playing around in them, when you can take a moment to just relax and let their quiet grandeur truly sink in. Arriving at our cabin, we were blown away by the rustic feeling and sense of comfort that we were greeted with. The staff of the resort had even stocked the cabin’s fireplace full of kindling and wood, with a note on the table indicating that we most likely would need it after a long day of skiing. Nice touch.

A fantastic starting- and ending-point

The grounds themselves provide ample entertainment for guests, with large common areas throughout the resort, including the Activity Centre, complete with a communal hot tub and gym. As with our own, each cabin is fitted with a kitchen, making it a great place for an extended stay in Banff National Park.

To top if all off, being close to both Lake Louise and Sunshine Village, as well as being an excellent starting point for many cross-country skiing trails, this resort truly is a hidden gem for people looking to get away from the traditional hotel-style lodgings.

Unfortunately, there is only so much a body can take before it says enough is enough. An early morning of driving combined with a full day of exhilarating turns in the snow translated to a very early evening after a dip in the hot tub to relax. Besides, we had another early morning ahead: Golden and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort awaited us.

For more on the adventures that await just outside our doors – check out some additional stories on the area from our friends at www.SnowSeekers.ca – a website dedicate to informing and inspiring winter minded road trips.

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