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“Winter Magic”
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Skoki Lodge
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I was lucky enough to ski into Skoki Lodge in March of this year. It was amazing! I felt invigorated by the fresh air and brilliant scenery of the Rocky mountains! it was a lot of exercise, about 5 hours to get there on touring skis. Once you arrive you are greeted with such warm hospitality in true Alberta fashion. The main lodge is cozy and everyone hangs out together chatting, playing cards or reading by the fire. We stayed in a private cabin, the same one Price William and Princess Kate stayed in on their visit! There is no running water or electricity, so it is a basin wash and an outhouse for the loo. I would recommend bring some mole skin or band-aids if you are not used to ski boots - blisters a common for this trek. I cannot wait to do a summer hike in to compare. A very special place. Highly recommend for any outdoor winter lover!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Incredible scenery, wonderful people, amazing food, a cold beer in front of a hot fireplace after a day of skiing....life doesn't get much better then that folks. The staff at Skoki make me proud to be an Albertan. They are the essence of Western hospitality, and wonderful ambassadors for Skoki and its rich history. We have been all over the world, and the three days we spent at Skoki (in our own backyard!) is one of the most memorable and pleasurable experiences we have ever had. Many thanks to all the staff and fellow guest - you were all amazing. We have already booked again for next year - countdown has begun!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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6  Thank Rwardlaw111
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

17 of us skied in last weekend. The scenery, hospitality and food are just fabulous. We toured, ate healthy gourmet food, played games, ate, sang around the piano, ate, plus enjoyed a beverage or two. It was "simply the best". Thanks so much Nicole, Chelsea, Georgy, Mike and Leo.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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6  Thank Freshen
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

I can't say enough about how perfect Skoki lodge is.

We stayed in the main lodge, and really enjoyed the family-style atmosphere, as well as the opportunity to meet other like-minded, adventurous travelers.

The meals at Skoki lodge are absolutely fantastic. During our stay, which was far too brief (only 2 nights) we had two of the most amazing dinners ever - with impeccable service from the staff.

The lodge is warm and cozy, even in the depths of winter.
This is a place that is absolutely magical, and the 11km hike in weeds out the weak, so your fellow Skoki Lodgers are fun, energetic, outdoorsy folks, which adds to the appeal! Can't wait to go back.

Some tips: Bring a pair of indoor slippers or heavy socks to "hang out in" before you head out for the day, and after you get back. Also, pack a headlamp for use in the evening / night - should you need to hop out to the outhouse, you'll be glad to have your hands free!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank junior_traveler
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Beautiful scenery complimented by great snow and amazing weather. Super culinary experience that which Skoki is world renown. Looking forward I making this an annual trip. Special thanks to resident chef and host Kate and her dog Lucy.

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6  Thank Jaro-ab-Rockies
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

We just got back from a 3 night stay at Skoki Lodge and we are still reliving the magic of that place. If you are looking for a unique five star mountain hut experience then Skoki is where you must go. It was built in the 1930's and since then many people, both skiers and hikers have enjoyed it's hospitality (including royals the last of which were William and Kate in 2011).

If you are looking for modern conveniences, electronic stuff, wifi connection, a swimming pool, car access - you know... the typical stuff you get in hotels… then this is not the place for you. On the other hand if you are looking for a magical mountain experience appearing to be far from civilization (you have to hike or ski in depending on the season) and yet doable for all ages. We met 75 year olds skiing out and 8 year olds skiing in… then this is where you will want to go, for sure!!

We skied the 11 km from Temple Lodge over two passes and with the aid of the bright red stakes leading us along the trail we easily found our way to this wilderness paradise.

The food that is cooked by Chef Katie is of the highest quality… amazing that she can produce such delicious meals every day that you might expect to experience in a 5 star restaurant in the middle of New York. The supplies are brought in once a week by skidoo in the winter and on horseback in the summer. She has to order all her supplies using a VHF style radio. Amazing! Not only that - they accommodate special dietary needs… one of our party could not eat wheat and believe me, she ate as well as the rest of us and had as much as she wanted!

Katie and her husband Leo run a hotel that is fit for any king, queen, prince or princess (even if we are self proclaimed!). Their staff is knowledgeable, keen to share their local expertise for those of us who wanted to do day skis in the area and are warm and hospitable to all.

I was there 23 years ago and finally made it back this year… and believe me it won't be another 23 years before we go again (more like 23 months!).

Start saving your shekels for an experience you will never forget.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank cath_traveller1
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

The lodge in winter is charming and cozy with leather sofas and day beds topped with throw pillows for reclining.

Staff make the stay: kudos to Nicole, Mike and Kim. The young ones are learning to be lovely hosts in the absence of Leo/Katie Mitzel.

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- bring a head lamp for your bedroom as they do get dark, despite the provided lantern
- light sleepers should book a cabin, not a lodge room
- hut booties were useful for time spent in the main lodge for meals/lounging
- if you are a MUST for fluffy pillows, bring your own (the Skoki room only provided one super thin pillow each)
- tips are extra. Bring cash to the backcountry.
- credit cards & cash are accepted for wine/beer/soft drinks...they'll open you up a tab.
- there is a piano for anyone who can play!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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8  Thank KelzFlower
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Additional Information about Skoki Lodge

Address: P.O. Box 5, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Lake Louise
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Lake Louise
Price Range: £110 - £154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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