Travelling to the Skoki Lodge is akin to a right of passage for skiers and hikers visiting Banff National Park. Built in 1930, the lodge is steeped in a rich history of mountain culture and exploration. It is maintained in its original log cabin style and has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
Situated in a high alpine region of Banff National Park, Skoki Lodge is guarded by a fortress of mountain passes and valleys that are only accessible by hiking in the summers and skiing or splitboarding in the winters. Once there, guests are graced with an extensive network of valleys, glaciers, alpine ridges, and peaks to explore with the comfort of a rustic wood cabin to return to at the end of a long day in the mountains.
Reaching Skoki Lodge is an adventure in itself. Visitors are required to make an 11-kilometre (seven-mile) trek from the Lake Louise Ski Resort through mountain passes and valleys to reach the lodge. Once there, spend a day around the lodge skiing in the renowned fresh powder or hiking some of the most spectacular trails you’ll ever find.
By sunset, return to the hut to warm yourself by the fire while swapping stories and making friends with other travellers. Enjoy world-class dining cooked in house, and then relax in the evening by reading a book or playing a game of scrabble by candlelight. Venture outside to take in the spectacular stars on a clear night, and then retire for a cozy night’s sleep. The next morning, wake up to freshly brewed coffee and a delicious breakfast and get set to do it all again. It’s an adventurer’s bliss in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Skoki Lake can only be reached by non-motorized travel, such as hiking, ski touring, and cross-country skiing. The trail is accessed from Lake Louise Ski Resort. It is well marked, however care must be taken, especially in the winter. Mountain conditions can change rapidly and the trail takes visitors over two high mountain passes.
Have a look at the trail map here.