Jan. 25, 2016
Afton Aikens & Jack Wennot
Snowshoe or ski tour to these rustic, log-built wilderness cabins that serve home-cooked meals and offer access to many fantastic trails. Reservations are a must.
Skoki Lodge, built by local residents in 1931, is 11 km from the Lake Louise Ski Resort over Boulder and Deception mountain passes. The lodge caters to skiers of all abilities, with ski touring and telemarking slopes, plus cross country routes nearby.
The main lodge and three surrounding cabins can accommodate 22 guests. Skoki does not have electricity or running water, but warm wash water is available. At night, candles and kerosene lamps light the lodge. Skoki is known for its delicious buffet-style breakfasts and dinners. Winter season runs to April 24.
Heritage Tourism Award-winning Brewster’s Shadow Lake Lodge, built in 1928 and accessed by 14-km Redearth Creek trail, is west of Banff. Meals here are also a treat, with fresh breads, homemade soups, and vegetarian and meat entrees.
Cross-country skiers will enjoy four trails in the area ranging from 2 to 8 km. See special offers on the lodge’s website. Winter season runs to March 12.
Banff Sundance Lodge has solar power and hot showers. A new bridge and trail restoration (after the 2013 flood) has restored access via a 10.5-km route from Healy Creek trailhead (the other option is a 16-km trail from the Cave and Basin in the Banff townsite).
The lodge sleeps 34 and has 10 rooms. There’s a large kitchen and cozy living room with wood burning fireplace. Enjoy hearty, home-cooked meals and a packed lunch for the trail. Winter season runs until March.
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