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Skoki Lodge

Paul Zizka

Skoki Lodge

The clouds lift for a moment, suddenly revealing your surrounds. Impossibly high mountains smothered in snow disappear into the clouds above, glaciers and snow clinging to their slopes, and the valley lies far below you. After two hours of steady climbing you crest the top of the pass. After all that effort it’s time to reap the rewards. You and your friends lead off, whooping and hollering as your skis cut through the light snow and billow in massive clouds behind you. As you descend further into the basin, you spot a plume of smoke curling up from a wooden building nestled in the woods. It is Skoki Lodge, your home for the next days as you explore the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. 

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, the 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. 

22 people can gather here, Friendships are made fast and conversations are easy. I’m already planning my hike in this summer. – Donna Williams www.skoki.com

Experience

Reaching Skoki Lodge is an adventure in itself. Visitors are required to make an 11 kilometre (7 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 renown ‘champagne 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. 

Getting There

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.