Box 5, 1 Whitehorn Road, Lake Louise
T0L 1E0 Banff, Canada
Getting out into the back-country is an experience that most modern people never get to try. Skoki Lodge has been providing this opportunity for skiers and hikers since the 1930's, and it is Canada's oldest ski-tourism lodge built for commercial purposes (perhaps the oldest in North America, even). The trail to Skoki begins just east of the Lake Louise Village, and it is about 11 kilometers to trek in. Once there, guests enjoy striking mountain views and have a chance to explore the five adjoining valleys. This area is abloom with wild flowers in the summer months, and in winter provides a great deal of terrain to explore by cross-country skiing or telemarking. The elevation at the lodge is a little over 7,000 feet, and the lodge can experience huge weather changes, like the rest of Alberta. There is no electricity at Skoki; the guests get by with candles, kerosene lamps, and the stars. Nor is there running water or indoor bathrooms. Warm water is provided, along with towels and a wash basin. The lodge is heated by woodstove, coal stoves, and propane heaters. All meals are served buffet-style. The lodge can accommodate 22 guests.