Western Canada’s oldest backcountry lodge has no running water, no electricity, no flush toilets, and no cell phone service. Cross-country skiers and hikers must conquer an 11km trek, including the aptly named Deception Pass, before they can collapse around the fireplace with a cup of gourmet soup. Since its construction in the early 1930’s, Skoki has been an escape for everyone from families to honeymooners, including royals like William and Kate. While the meals are outstanding and the beds soft enough, Skoki is an escape to the mountains of yesteryear, where modern inconveniences are well worth paying for.
Length of Trip : 2-3 Days
Cost : Winter rates from $185 per night Summer rates from $209 per night Click here for the latest prices
Best time to go : Spectacular in both summer months (hiking in) and winter months (ski/snowshoe in)
Wheelchair friendly : No
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : Outstanding meals served at the lodge.
Official Site : www.skoki.com
Getting There : Skoki Lodge's trailhead is located just east of The Village of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Located approx. 184 km (115 miles) west of Calgary and 60 km (36 miles) west of the town of Banff.
Note from Robin : Save some energy for Deception Pass, you’ll need it. Hiking/skiing in is physically challenging. Accommodation is rustic, as are the outhouses. Perfect for a true backcountry adventure, not for those seeking luxury.
PRESENTED BY FORD OF CANADA
FOR THIS EXPERIENCE, WE RECOMMEND
Durand Polar WP (Available for Men and Women)
The weather outside is frightful? No worries! Lace up your Durand Polar winter boots and get on out there. Cold? The 400 gram KEEN.WARM insulation, woolly Thermal Heat Shield footbed and faux fur collar keep things toasty. Snowy icy slush puddles? This boot’s KEEN.DRY membrane is waterproof and breathable, and the dual compound snow and ice grip rubber sole keeps you on your feet. American built with material from around the world.
From tapping maple trees to strolling city sidewalks, the Elsa Boot has you covered. The water resistant PU leather and textile upper combines with a warm Sherpa fleece collar and heat reflecting underfoot barrier to keep you warm.
Snow bunny meets snow Betty in KEEN’s Betty Boot II. The essential winter boot features a technical outsole for advanced traction in slick, wintery weather.
Koven Polar (Available for Men and Women)
Dashing through the snow? The Koven Polar winter hiking shoe is the perfect partner for snowshoeing, winter hikes and trips up and down the sled hill. A fleece lining, thermal heat shield footbed and KEEN.WARM insulation beat the cold. Add our KEEN.DRY waterproof, breathable membrane to keep your feet dry and you have a boot designed to wrangle ice and snow.
Revel III (Available for Men and Women)
Revel III winter hiking boots mean neither rain nor snow will keep you from your appointed anything. The whatever-the-weather nubuck leather is all-terrain durable and lined with the KEEN.DRY waterproof, breathable membrane. Two types of insulation– KEEN.WARM up top and the tri-layer Heat TRAPOLATOR system underfoot – cut the chill, and the dual compound snow and ice grip outsole holds its ground.