Winter Overview

Nestled high in the Canadian Rockies, just outside Banff and Yoho National Parks in British Columbia, Mistaya Lodge offers idyllic helicopter access backcountry accommodation where you can enjoy backcountry powder skiing, snowshoeing, and winter mountaineering. Our proximity to glades and open tree skiing as well as 7 glaciers on the west slopes of the Canadian Rockies means you can enjoy backcountry powder skiing at Mistaya Lodge whether you are a novice or expert skier.

At the end of a memorable day of guided ski touring surrounded by towering peaks and glittering snow, the warm coziness of Mistaya Lodge invites you to socialize in the living area before indulging in a sauna bath and a hot shower. A nourishing home cooked meal, quiet conversation, and then bed, where fluffy duvets transport you to the early morning smell of coffee and the promise of more fresh tracks.

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Mistaya Lodge is a solid, spacious, two-story, post and beam structure located in the Wildcat Creek Basin at 6,700 feet elevation. The 2000 sq. ft. lodge is a bright, comfortable building which embodies the strength and charm of its backcountry location. Our luxurious amenities bring comfort to your ski touring adventure:

  • Indoor washrooms supplied with hot and cold running water
  • Excellent food – all meals and baking, prepared fresh daily.
  • Private or shared accommodation
  • A clean, wood-fired sauna house, with a change room and hot shower for bathing
  • Two outhouses that are clean, bright, and have an excellent view
  • Heated drying room and boot dryer

On the main floor the dining and living areas are lined with abundant picture windows that invite armchair reconnaissance of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. In our large modern kitchen, equipped with propane stove, convection oven, refrigerator and freezer, our cooks prepare hearty backcountry meals of unsurpassed excellence. We are served family-style around the large dining table. No one ever complains of being hungry!

Upstairs, six spacious guest bedrooms accommodate up to fourteen people, with a selection of single, double and bunk beds complete with towels, linen, pillows and fluffy duvets. Our small group size means that 14 people is a full house.

Mistaya Lodge Packages Include:

  • Helicopter access to and from the lodge
  • Accommodation with towels, linens, and duvets
  • All gourmet home-cooked meals prepared fresh daily by our in-house cook, including afternoon tea and goodies!
  • Daily guiding by 1 to 3 of our certified ski guides.

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6 am: Coffee is on! The mountains await!

8 am: Join us for a delicious 2-course breakfast prepared by our in-house cooks. Discuss the day’s plan with the guides.

9 am: After breakfast, a lunch spread is put out and guests pack a lunch to take with them.

9:30-10 am: Depart on your daily adventure. Have a fantastic time!

4 pm: Enjoy a snack as you arrive home from your chosen adventure of the day. The sauna will be hot and all guests will have a chance to clean up before dinner.

6-7 pm: Gather for a hearty, delectable 3-course dinner; enjoy social time at the family-style table.

Evening: Rest and relax while dishes are being tidied up.

Bed time: Have a peaceful sleep in your cosy bed. Get ready for your next adventure, which may be sooner than you think—many guests take advantage of our crystal-clear skies to star gaze in the wee hours!

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In the main lodge, parents must accompany young adults between the ages of 14 and 19, and accept in writing full responsibility for them during the trip. Younger children are welcome with an exclusive full-lodge reservation.

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Mistaya is footprint free! Our combined solar and micro-hydro system provides enough power to the lodge for the comforts of home without causing any damage to our environment. In the lodge we recycle, reuse, and compost (we even have a composting toilet!).

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Smoking is not permitted inside the building.

Please leave pets at home.


Awesome! Some of the best skiing of my life – whooping down the big boulders under the WildCat falls!

Wendy and Michel, California, USA