The Skoki Lodge,
Skiing and Hiking Lodge in Banff National Park, Canada
The Skoki Lodge was the first facility
built specifically to cater to ski-tourists on a commercial basis in
Canada, and possibly North America. It was built by a group of Banff
residents who formed the Ski Club of the Canadian Rockies to manage
the operation. The first guests arrived for skiing in the spring of
1931. The main building was made of local logs with saddle-notched
corners. A log one-storey kitchen was added in the summer of 1931.
In l935-1936, Jim Boyce made a series of additions, including the
upper floor and roof dormers and what is now the living room. He
also added three or four log cabins for sleeping to increase the
original capacity. Like the builders of several other backcountry
lodges in the area, Boyce started out as a tour guide and outfitter.
In 1938 he went on to build a log lodge in Lake Louise, which later
became the Post Hotel.
The Experience of Skoki Lodge
When you step inside the Lodge after an exhilarating hike or ski, you to become
a part of its history. For many, the retreat back to Skoki is a reminder of how
wonderful and calming the simple things in life can be. Allow our friendly staff
to show you to your Lodge room or Cabin and then enjoy our afternoon tea service
offered in the dining room for our guests daily. Rehydrate with a glass of fresh
water, lemonade or herbal tea. Share stories and photographs with your Lodge
companions of your days journey with a sumptuous selection from our fine tea
re-energizing, many of our guests find the late afternoon the
perfect time to familiarize themselves with the Lodge. Enjoy a good
book from our library in front of the woodstove, or cozy up on one
of the day beds and just let our mind unwind. If another hike or ski
is what you desire, one of our staff would be delighted to share
their ideas and knowledge of the area.
at Skoki Lodge is an event unto its own. Our incredible kitchen
staff are highly skilled and truly enjoy bringing only the finest
culinary delights to the buffet daily. Feel free to peek into our
rustic backcountry kitchen, meet the chef and staff and watch us
work our magic. Skoki also offers beer and wine which is always
available at the bar in the dining room daily. After dinner you may
want to take a short stroll around the area, maybe unwind and
retreat to the living room, perhaps a game of Scrabble or cribbage
from our games cupboard, or maybe another cup of Blends coffee or
herbal tea at the dining table with your new friends.
In the morning let the smells of freshly brewed coffee, wood smoke,
and breakfast entice you from your cozy down comforter. A two course
breakfast awaits you at 8:00am and is always a feast for everyones
taste-buds. After breakfast we set up a build-it-yourself gourmet
lunch buffet. We always offer an array of homemade breads,
delectable deli-meats, swiss and cheddar cheeses and an assortment
of fresh vegetables and fruit. We also offer Skoki cookies and GORP
to enjoy on your afternoon picnic on your days adventure. At this
time the staff will be pleased to help you plan your days hike or
ski to one of the many legendary lakes or valleys in the Skoki area.
We have detailed maps and several years of personal experience in
the area to help you choose the best destination for the day be it
short and picturesque to strenuous and rewarding.
Skoki Lodge is a haven for our guests and Katie and Leo Mitzel, the
Lodge Managers are devoted to ensuring your stay is as comfortable
as possible. Their dedication to the Lodge and its many wonderful
guests is evident in all aspects of your stay and they look forward
to hosting you for years to come.
Box 5, 1 Whitehorn Road
Lake Louise, Alberta,
Canada T0L 1E0
Phone: 1-888-997-5654, Local : 403-522-1347
Snow Phone: (403) 244-6665