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Reviewed 24 April 2016

You have to ski or hike 11km to experience the historic Skoki Lodge, and it is well worth the effort (and cost). Beautiful old log lodge and cabins, no power or inside plumbing, but an amazing location, very compitant staff and excellent food.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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17  Thank WhitehorseYukonJane
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Skoki Lodge is a ski in Lodge, right around 11km's. We arrived to an amazing afternoon tea service with hot soup, cheese and fresh scones and a ton of baked goods. Our host Katie offered us a bottle of Chardonnay and we enjoyed our snacks with the sun on our faces out front of the Lodge.
The ski was pretty rigorous but we had a beautiful day to do it and our group are all skiers so it wasn't anything unexpected.

My friend and I had been before but our friends were new to the Lodge and they were blown away by the service, the ski and the food...oh, the food! Katie is an incredible chef and makes every meal with so much flavour and care. All of the staff were kind and helpful and Leo and his son Gracon helped us with morning trail directions to the Natural Bridge. We had a packed lunch at the Warden's Cabin because we were so late leaving after relaxing too long after breakfast.

I would suggest an early start for skiing so you can be out in the area for longer. Next year we are staying for 3-4 nights and Katie offered to make her Pork tenderloin dinner if we wanted. Amazing!!

Room Tip: The Skoki room allowed us to star gaze at night
  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
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19  Thank Deirdre W
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

We stayed in the Riverside Cabin. No power or running water at this lodge with outhouse. It's definitely a back country experience. Delicious food and friendly staff.
Would definitely come again! We snowshoed in and it took us 4 hours and 40 minutes. De epitome Pass is a killer but so beautiful. We really lucked out on the weather.

Room Tip: Cabins are quieter but you can stay in small rooms in the lodge.
  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with friends
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15  Thank Laurey D
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Reviewed 3 March 2016

Skoki is a magic place. The ski in had its moments (woo, that descent from Deception Pass!), but is well worth the effort. The staff, the food, the scenery, the company, even the comfy bed, were all fantastic. We used wider back country touring skis with three-pin bindings, which were a good choice. We had climbing skins but rarely used them. We would go back right this very minute. And when you go (and you should) don't bring shoes! They weigh a lot, and the lodge has both slippers to borrow, and gigantic boots to slip on for that trip to the outhouse. Thanks for a wonderful experience to all who work there!

My one small gripe is not with Skoki, nor with Katie and Leo who manage it. The people who respond to questions about your trip work for the Lake Louise resort, and are really not qualified to give appropriate advice on your visit to Skoki, never having skied in themselves.

Room Tip: We had no complaints about noise in the lodge, but we were good and tired.
  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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18  Thank Sarah C
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

Ah Skoki. What a thrill. An fabulous adventure, coupled with excellent meals, outstanding hospitaliy and great company.

How we got there - Skies Vs Snowshoes
We snowshoed in and were the only non skiers. There was a variety of ski types used - alpine touring (robust boots and heel lock/unlock bindings), backcountry touring (BC-NNN with slightly wider metal edged skis) and light touring/track (skinny skis). All except the skinny ski skiers had skins for climbing. The consensus appeared to be that skinny skis were a bad choice. Many of the skiers expressed a wish that they had snowshoed instead. If you are planning to make some turns up there, then skis are obviously your choice, but don't be afraid to do this trip on snowshoes. What I liked about the snowshoes was not having to deal with my gear. Once it was on, I simply trekked on - no skins to peel on and off. No waxes to deal with. It was just a winter hike. But be prepared for varying conditions. Howling wind, snow and whiteout didn't phase us - we were dressed for it (goggles, hooded jacket, windproof pants and good mitts) and followed the well marked path.

The staff
Staff was fabulous. Leo is a great host, story teller and gave expert advice on where to day trip. Malorie cheffed up some delicious meals. Kateline and Brea were jack-of-all trades in the kitchen and serving guests. And Brendan filled in on all the other duties - serving beer, cleaning dishes, hauling water, shoveling snow (in his shorts - can't take the downunder out of him I guess). Katie - the head chef was not there when we were. All staff were friendly, attentive and strived for top notch hospitality.

The lodge
The main lodge is cozy and the center for lounging. Woodstove and coal stove kept the area toasty warm. Meals were served buffet style with all guests seated at once. Cabins were cozy - heated by propane. Hot wash water was available in the main lodge and a basin was provided in your room. Outhouses served their function.

The meals
Breakfast at 8am. Buffet style with two courses - cold first then hot. Scrumptious boursin eggs and chorizo sausages! Lunch was a spread of sandwich making items. Dinner was at 7pm and was also buffet style. Lots to eat and an excellent variety of delectable delights - including desert.

The Guests
Obvious most guests were outdoors lovers and in good physical shape. Dinner conversations were a highlight, with shared values and mutual adventures to discuss. Guest's occupations were quite varied and added to the fun conversations. Comradery is the word that comes to mind.

Thanks everyone, for making our bucket list item a top notch experience.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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17  Thank vball_canuck
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