A back country cabin nestled in a valley along the skyline trail. A locals favorite hideaway cabin that holds 4 persons comfortably, 6 if you want to get cozy. To stay in this place, you must register though the local ski club. The caretaker of Shangri-la does not advertise their contact information online.
Due to conservancy of certain species at risk, the Caribous, which is a heated debate among the locals and Park Canada on weather the impact of skiers affect the Caribou population. The opening date to access this area is in late February to early March. A ski tour to this place is an adventure not to be missed. Once there, the valley has many slopes to day tour and play in the snow.
Access: Maligne Lake Road
Parking: Yes, pull out near Rosemary rock.
Trailhead: Along the Mailgne River, or via Maligne Lake
This trip was a little bit of work, and lot of play. For those who don’t know this area, the photos will hopefully entice you to visit. From trail head of Edith Cavell, you get the Astoria river entrance. This year the snowfall has been light, so the travel on the river itself was not really an option, however we still manage to cross some snow bridges.
Snow was deeper in Amethyst Lake area where the cabins reside, so some digging down to the cabins were in order. We had an early start in getting the chores done before a little tour at Surprise Point, pretty close to the ACC hut “Wates Gibson”. Since that aspect was north facing, the snow was pretty light on our tour.
Getting away with only waxing the skis for the 34km tour out was a treat, glide plus kick. The day took about 7 hours, but photo opportunities and generous breaks was well worth the time out. The last time we went in and out of the Tonquin Valley, the temperature was –30 some odd degrees. This trip was pleasant hovering above zero degrees Celsius.
Part of the Skyline Trail, this pass can be reached on a day tour either hiking or skiing. Along the way there is a hut operated by a local club. The hut is called Shangri-la. One of the locals favorite ski tour back country cabin. Seasonal closures are in effect, so check with Park Canada information centre prior to heading out on this journey.