Packing for Amiskwi

What to bring and What Not to bring to Amiskwi Lodge

Helicopter space is very limited, please follow our guidelines:

  • Wear all your ski gear as if you are going skiing, including boots and goggles.  

  • One pair of skis is allowed.  Please do not bring ski bags.  Keep ski poles separate from skis.

  • Personal items can go in a small soft duffel bag and/or a regular daypack, no more than 60 lbs per person. Don’t strap anything to the outside of the bag.

  • Keep your sleeping bag and ski poles separate.

  • Measure ingredients for meals and bring only what you need.

  • No glass containers.

  • Food can be packed into liquor boxes (14x12x20") labelled with your leader’s last name.  Save these boxes to fly out garbage you can’t burn.

  • For hygiene purposes, we ask all groups to bring their own rubber gloves for dishwashing, tea towels and paper towels.

Amiskwi Lodge has foam beds and pillows. The guests must bring their own sleeping bag, pillow case, towel, and lodge slippers.

Amiskwi is well-equipped (our kitchen has too many pots, pans and utensils).  All you need to bring is your personal gear, safety equipment, food, and bedding.  

We have an electrical outlet for charging personal accessories. (Our electricity comes from solar panels.)

* To acquaint yourself with the lodge and how things work, read the Information Binder hanging in the lodge.

Backcountry Skills, Knowledge and Preparation

Visiting the backcountry of the Rocky Mountains requires knowledge and preparation. When you stay at Amiskwi Lodge, you are located in a remote alpine site. You assume certain risks and expect certain hazards when you travel in the high country.

It is recommended that self-guided groups review one or all of the following resources:


We recommend the use of topo maps. In winter please check avalanche conditions at:

Self-guided and Self-catered

Amiskwi Lodge is a self-guided & self-catered lodge. This means that you look after yourself once you're there. Each member of the group should be experienced in backcountry navigation. Everyone in the group must have  a current working transceiver, shovel and probe among their survival gear. Temperatures in summer vary between 5°C and 35°C. In the winter they range from -35°C to +10°C.


What you need to know

Information about ski tours/hikes in the area

Our guest book is full of descriptions of great hikes taken by our guests and the walls of the lodge have numerous maps for you to acquaint yourselves with the area.


Amiskwi mountain weather

Mountain Weather is subject to rapid change - summer and winter

In the summer, weather is typical of the Rocky Mountains. We can get hot bathing suit days where all you’ll want to do is cool off in the mountain streams and swim in the mountain lakes. We can also have cool rainy mountain weather so don’t forget the rain gear!

No matter what the weather, we recommend you carry extra layers in case the weather changes or you encounter any type of emergency situation.

Groups are responsible for ensuring that everyone in their group is properly equipped with appropriate outdoor clothing and gear, including but not limited to, winter equipment; skins, avalanche beacons, shovels & probes. If groups wish to use radios in the field they must supply their own.

In winter please check avalanche conditions at: