Goat's Eye Day Lodge

Sunshine Village one step closer to development of permanent Goat’s Eye Day Lodge  

September 27, 2013            

The Parks Canada Advisory Development Board has unanimously voted in favour of allowing Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort to proceed with construction of an environmentally progressive permanent day lodge at Goat’s Eye Mountain.

The important decision, after three hours of presentations, moves Sunshine closer to receiving Parks Canada final approval to build the much-needed facility that will improve an already fantastic overall guest experience in the Canadian Rockies.  Only one personal letter in opposition was read into the minutes. Nine major local and provincial organizations spoke in support of the facility that has been more than a decade in the making.

The Board, made up of regional residents, endorsed the spectacular facility, voting to ask Banff Field Unit Superintendent Dave McDonough to proceed with consideration of the project.

The Superintendent’s final decision for the proposed Goat’s Eye Day Lodge is expected near the end of October, 2013.

“With the goal to improve an already spectacular visitor experience at Sunshine Village, we are pleased to receive unanimous support from the ADB and look forward to the next step in having this long awaited project move forward,” said Dave Riley, Chief Operating Officer, Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort.

“The proposed Goat’s Eye Day Lodge will provide much needed space for areas such as dining, child care and ski school in the Goat’s Eye area and will help elevate the resort’s offerings to be a showcase worthy of Canada’s oldest National Park.”

The permanent day lodge would replace temporary ATCO trailers, which the resort has used since a temporary tent structure burned down in 2007.  The proposed project, which has undergone a detailed environmental impact assessment, has been designed utilizing green building practices.

If all approvals are granted by Parks Canada, Sunshine hopes to begin construction next summer to have the facility open to guests for the 2014-15 season.

Sunshine also welcomes positive comments to Parks at opinion@pc.gc.ca to let them know how important this project is to enhancing the visitor experience at the world class ski and snowboard resort.    Public comment to Parks Canada on the proposed development is open until October, 4th 2013. 

Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort

Sunshine Village, close to the town of Banff, provides skiers and boarders with 12-lifts including seven modern high speed quad chairs, the most in the Canadian Rockies, and one of the world’s fastest 8 passenger gondolas. Stay slope-side in the Rockies only “ski-in ski-out” hotel and ski or ride 3,300 acres and three mountains in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia along the Continental Divide during Canada’s longest season from November to late May. For more information visit www.skibanff.com.

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