Come experience the heart and soul of powder skiing/boarding in the deep snow- belt of the Cariboo Mountains. Snowy Mountain Lodge is situated on the eastern boundary of Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC’s fourth largest wilderness park.
Skiers and boarders are provided with a tailored backcountry skiing vacation as we aim to cater to each groups’ ability and objectives. Summit ascents, steep descents, powder laps and long range touring days can be accommodated to suit the skills and interests of experienced riders.
Skiing and riding here is about deep powder, steep open lines and authentic mountain accommodation. That is our only hype~
The lodge offers simple rustic luxury that is cozy and comfortable. There are three- single to triple occupancy rooms and one bunkroom that sleeps up to four people. The beds have high quality foam mattresses and all rooms have view windows.
Sheets, pillows and pillow-cases are provided. Guests must bring their own duvet or sleeping bags.
The main floor includes a well-equipped kitchen with full size gas range with oven, sitting, storage, dining area and cozy modern woodstove.
Next to the lodge the cedar sauna, shower stall and large Phoenix composting toilet are in their own building.
- Water is hauled and treated for drinking.
- The lodge and sauna building are served by a professionally engineered waste water system.
- The lodge is a cell and Internet free zone.
- Communication is by VHF radio and satellite telephone.
- The warm lodge and sauna buildings feature CERTIFIED efficient wood heat appliances.
- TV and DVD player on site, speaker system for iphone or mps is provided in the lodge.
Transport to Snowy Mountain Lodge is via touring snowmobile and large toboggan skiff from the trailhead near Blue River. The trail to the lodge is generally non-technical, takes approximately 1.5 hours in mid-season trail conditions. It includes beautiful mountain scenery.
A custodian is onsite at all times during the operating season. Staff and custodian stay in the Yurt adjacent to the lodge.
We play in a deep winter snowpack. This area often experiences massive storm cycles with huge new snow inputs. During these times and often in early season the snowmobile path may not be passable right to the lodge and you should be prepared to tour in for an hour or so. In this circumstance, we will advise you prior to your arrival so you are up to date with the travel conditions of your week.
Helicopter access is available through Yellowhead Helicopters and Graham Helicopters. Guests must make their own charter arrangements- staff can assist with logistics. There is no public helicopter service in Blue River so all flights come from neighboring communities.
TERRAIN AND SNOW
Situated in the deep powder snow belt of the Cariboo Mountains the most significant and un-comparable feature of this terrain is the long, steep, naturally gladed tree skiing surrounding the lodge. Huge pillow lines, hucks and ramps provide expert and intermediate skiers alike with options to experience the powder skiing of their dreams. With an average tree line snowpack height of 4-5 meters this area 23.0 km west of Blue River, BC is one of North Americas best new backcountry skiing venues.
Some info about the area:
All meals are prepared by hand from whole foods. We primarily use local and organic ingredients. Our chefs have food safe training and excel at providing modern backcountry cuisine.
Special dietary requirements and food allergies can be accommodated including gluten free and vegetarian.
By being well prepared with equipment in good working condition your backcountry ski/boarding vacation will be more enjoyable.
Snowy Mountain recommends that all guests use modern* wide powder skis, lightweight alpine touring bindings and skins that provide full coverage.
Telemark skiers should have releasable bindings with a touring mode built in.
Currently we are testing the new Telemark Tech System bindings - they are light, simple and offer full uphill movement range.
Snowboarders are highly recommended to have a split-board and collapsible poles. The most important measure is to make sure you test your gear prior to arrival.
*Our guides are using rockered powder skis that are a minimum105mm at the waist. We have been skiing on Prior Husume XTC skis. (www.priorsnow.com)
Guides that bring a minimum group size of six guests receive their spot for the week free of charge. In order to receive this discount guides must act on behalf of the group, coordinate the group and submit payment for the group.