When it comes to dining in the Bow Valley, the scenery is sometimes as delicious as the food. This is especially true when it comes to the Northern Lights Alpine Cuisine atop Sulfur Mountain.
When it comes to dining in the Bow Valley, sometimes the scenery is as delicious as the food. This is especially true when it comes to the Northern Lights Alpine Cuisine atop Sulfur Mountain. As a casual, family-friendly complement to Sky Bistro, Northern Lights offers lunch and dinner buffets that offer as much variety and flavor as there are things to do in the Rockies.
The fun begins with the gondola ride up the mountain, which reveals sweeping views of the Bow Valley that are magical any time of year. Once you reach the top you will be greeted by friendly staff and seated at a table with an incredible view. There’s no bad seating in the house as floor-to-ceiling windows flood the dining room with light and world-famous scenery.
The buffet itself is staffed by a knowledgeable and friendly culinary team who will guide you through the wide range of options from salad to dessert and everything in between. We started at the brisket station, where a smiling chef cut off a piece of tender, juicy braised brisket we couldn’t wait to try. We replenished the protein with some delicious maple barbecue chicken drumsticks. At the salad bar, we had a hard time choosing which colorful and fresh salads to try. We went with some mixed greens topped with whole grains, crispy veggies and the Saskatoon dressing. We could have chosen bocconcini tomato, cucumber dill, orange fennel and others.
On to the starches and vegetables, where we feasted on a delicious spaetzle with gruyère and bacon, small roasted red potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The kids will love the pizzeria (so will we!) where you’ll find hot rolls, alpine galettes and a delicious charcuterie galette.
Having enough on our plates, we enjoyed our salads and main dishes while enjoying the view of families enjoying a beautiful day in late winter on the mountain with the beautiful Rocky Mountains forming the backdrop. Of course, we could not pass up dessert so sweet options to choose from. We were tempted by lemon tarts, strawberry shortcake and seduced by cajoled by cookies. Ultimately, we settled on a soft chocolate cookie and a flaky croissant. Because everyone deserves two desserts!
Fountain drinks are included in the buffet, or you can order beer, wine, and cocktails to wet your whistle.
For a fun and affordable mountaintop family meal, reserve your table for lunch or dinner at Open Table.