First and foremost, the lodge has excellent and hardworking staff. We were very well cared for at every step of our time at the lodge - right from the moment of booking our stay, arrival at the check-in desk and ultimately at the lodge itself. Well done.
The food was superb and plentiful.
Our room was clean, very comfortable and with a beautiful view. This is a backcountry lodge, not a hotel. For a backcountry lodge, The Journeyman Lodge far exceeds my experiences at other remote accommodations. The rooms are small by hotel standards because it's a lodge, not a hotel. Knowing the difference between a true lodge and a hotel will determine if this is the right place for you. I am writing this because I cringed at reading an earlier review of someone who complained about the communal "family style" dining, the normal social aspect of being with other people in a ski lodge, the possibility of pine martins trying to get into the building, and complaints that there isn't electrical power 24/7. A backcountry lodge is off the grid and exposed to all the elements of the wilderness. It's a beautiful escape from the noise and clutter of the city. We had a quiet restful sleep on a comfy bed in a fully private room.
The sauna is wonderful and exactly how it ought to be - period.
If I had to complain about anything, it would be the grooming (or lack thereof) on the ski trail both in and out. The ski in was okay (on the Mainline trail) but the last few kms toward the lodge the grooming was quite spotty. On the ski out there was no grooming done at all on the Wild Spirit trail which made for a bit of an unnecessarily challenging ski out. I would have hoped or expected the trails would have been well maintained after paying for our trail passes.
All in all, we loved our stay and are planning to return as soon as possible to stay for several nights. The backcountry touring potential of the area is unbelievable. The total price is comparable to staying at many other backcountry "fly-in" lodges. The difference here is that there is no need for a helicopter flight in. Many of the other fly-in lodges really do not offer much privacy even in the sleeping quarters and the toilet is often an outhouse. The chance of a shower at these other places? Probably not until you fly out at the end of your trip. At Journeyman Lodge, the cost savings of no helicopter is made up in quality of the lodge, rooms, food and care of the staff.
We felt at home, relaxed and can't wait for our next trip to the lodge. Thanks for an excellent experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A reservations based mountain Inn (more commonly known as a backcountry lodge) offering a range of accommodation suited to every adventurer’s budget. Journeyman Lodge retains the charm and warmth of traditional alpine culture. Guests eat together and relax together. They share tales and connect with like-minded people who’ve each just had their own best day ever. Humans have been sitting around a fire telling stories since the beginning of time. Why stop now? Witness awe-inspiring mountain vistas, explore untouched wilderness, and relax in the comfort and safety of our charming full-service backcountry lodge. It's a West Coast Must-Do! ... more less