At the top of the Gondola lift and at the base of the main ski area, there is quite a vibrant village set up. In addition to the cafeteria and washroom areas, there are several lodges offering on hill accommodation, dining, etc. There are restaurants, dining rooms, cafeterias, areas to eat your own lunch, bars and coffee shops. There are also ski school, first aid and lost and found areas.
We did stop into the main cafeteria for a bowl of soup at one point and also grabbed a flat white in the Java Lift coffee shop.
It was after our coffee stop that we decided we were going to take the gondola back down the mountain. On arrival at the gondola, we were surprised to see a Closed sign set up. We were advised that there had been an electrical fault and that they were running the lift to empty all cars, before doing a few test circuits to determine if they could resume operations. They advised us to go wait in the Burger Co. restaurant until further notice. On a bit more investigation, we were told that if the gondola did not reopen, those who were not on skis would be taken down the hill on snowmobiles or in vehicles.
A snowmobile ride sounded great, but, alas it was not to be. After about 30 minutes, we could see them starting and stopping the lifts as they did their tests. 20 minutes later and the barriers were removed and we headed for the gondola.
At the top of the gondola
The original Lodge at Sunshine
Main cafeteria and accommodation buildings