We skied into Skoki Lodge in January and absolutely loved it. The ski tour to the hut is a lot of fun. It follows a good trail starting in the Lake Louise ski resort and takes you out into the remote back country where you get spectacular views of the beautiful scenery. During the tour you really get the feeling of being in the wilderness!
When we arrived at the lodge, there was already delicious cake and hot drinks waiting for us. And that was followed by even more fantastic food for dinner and breakfast.
Skoki Lodge provides comfortable accommodation without the amenities of modern technology but still there is plenty of entertainment. We had a great time playing Scrabble and reading in the guide books about ski touring and mountaineering in the area. Also we met great people there and had loads of interesting conversations.
So, all in all a fantastic experience and highly recommended! We would love to go back.
Here are some tips that I find useful:
If you are an inexperienced ski tourer I would recommend to use proper AT skis and not light, skinny back-country touring skis. (Or simply use snow shoes!) AT skis are a fair bit heavier on the ascend but they allow you to lock the heel of your boot into the binding on the way down which makes the descent fun and easy - just like off-piste skiing in a ski resort. We saw a lot of people struggle on the downhill with their light back-country touring skis with most of them getting so frustrated that they took them off in the end and walked.
Also, stay in one of the cabins as the main building can be a little noisy and you can hear your neighbours snore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Skoki Lodge is situated in a beautiful high alpine region in Banff National Park. The eleven kilometer trail from Lake Louise to the Skoki Valley makes Skoki Lodge an ideal destination for hikers and skiers of all levels. From Skoki Lodge one can access breathtaking mountain ridges and alpine lakes, or explore five different adjoining valleys. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Skoki Hotel Lake Louise
- Skoki Lodge Lake Louise, Alberta