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Backcountry Ski Lodge Trip, British Columbia – 2023

Location - British Columbia

Dates
April 1, 2023 - April 9, 2023
December 20, 2022 - December 23, 2022
February 4, 2023 - February 12, 2023
April 1, 2023 - April 9, 2023

Backcountry Skiing in British Columbia

This is our 14th year returning to Canada with Backcountry Babes! Come join us to as we ski the remote untracked powder of the British Columbia backcountry. We’ll hike and ski with experienced guides, retreating to our cozy backcountry lodge each night. Remember to pack your towel for the sauna!

Meet us at the Calgary Airport (YYC) and hop in the vans to Golden! We’ll spend the night at a casual hotel, to wake up early with a scenic helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies to our backcountry lodge. For the next week, we’ll hike and ski the renowned snow of British Columbia just outside our door. Our highly experienced and fun female guides will share their knowledge with us and lead us through the best terrain. They have years of experience guiding our Backcountry Babes groups, and are accredited ACMG Ski Guides (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.) Enjoy delicious meals crafted by our chef. Don’t forget to check out the high altitude stars. We’re proud of our high quality trips, guides, and clients. Just ask our return clients. References available upon request. Hope you can join us!

Duration: 4-9 days, depending on departure date
Activity Level: High
Required Skill Level: Backcountry skier able to ski advanced ungroomed terrain in higher elevations; have some backcountry experience; ability to hike at elevations of 7,000 ft. plus.  Must love skiing powder downhill! We can teach many uphill techniques on the trip.

Dec 20-23. CAT Skiing. Use your downhill powderskis, no alpine touring equipment needed. $3700. Very nice accommodations, shorter trip, no helicopter.

Dec 19-24, 2022.  Vista Lodge – $3700 – more rustic accommodations, shorter trip.

Feb 4-Feb 12, 2023. Mistaya Lodge. Ski and Ride February Snow! $4700 – nicer accommodations

April 1-9th. Mistaya Lodge. Don’t let the word “April” fool you! We’ve had storm days, bluebird days and spring days during our April weeks in the past. It is still winter in BC! Nicer accommodations. $4700.

 

A note on snow and timing: It’s impossible to predict snow! We’ve had excellent conditions in December, rain up to alpine ridge tops in February, cold powder storm skiing days in April, and everything in between, sometimes all in the same week!

Our guides do an excellent job of finding the best elevation, aspect to ski & ride for the best possible conditions whatever mother nature throws our way.  We recommend committing to a week that works best for your schedule rather than trying to “time it” with the weather. Once you commit, you have a chance to get lucky with powder skiing! And the odds are good!

British Columbia Hut Trip Details

Starts at 12pm

For Vista and Mistaya, meet at the Calgary Airport. For Monashee Powdercats & Valkyr Lodge, meet at Kelowna Airport. The trip starts with our group shuttle, departing from the airport to our casual hotel for the night near our heli staging area. Cat Skiing starts with lodging at the lodge at Monashee.  Shuttle, Dinner and Hotel are included in trip price.

7:30am

We’ll head to the helicopter staging area for a safety briefing & flight into the hut! Once we arrive, there is time to unpack and head out for a beacon training and afternoon ski.

We’ll ski BC snow all day, rest, eat well, sauna, relax, have fun, socialize, and repeat as frequently as possible.

Ends 1:00pm

Helicopter out of hut and shuttle back to Golden. Plan to travel home the next morning.

What to Expect

  • 2 helicopter rides over the Canadian Rockies (or cat ride for the Monashee powder cat trip.)
  • 7 nights at a beautiful, off the grid backcountry lodge
  • Van transport to/from airport
  • 1 night at casual motel near helipad
  • 7 days exclusive access to backcountry ski terrain
  • 7 days guided backcountry skiing
  • Catered breakfast, lunch, apres-ski, and dinner included at the lodge
  • Professional, ACMG certified, and very experienced female ski guides
  • Saunas & starry nights
  • Camaraderie and fun in a supportive environment
  • Have any questions? Email us at [email protected]

Not Included

  • Alcohol. Please feel free to BYO canned beer, boxed wine, and other non-glass nightcaps
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities for your Canadian Ski Guides, chef, and lodge custodian if you felt you had exceptional service
  • Drop offs to anywhere other than suggested hotels
  • Any unexpected expenses, or trip interruptions
  • Rescue & Travel insurance
  • Have any questions? Email us at [email protected]

Gear Needed

  • Backcountry skis, ski poles, backcountry ski boots & bindings, climbing skins
  • Avalanche beacon, probe, shovel
  • Backcountry backpack
  • Proper outerwear, ski gear, and warm layers for spending all day outdoors in various weather conditions
  • Hut clothes
  • Towel for the sauna

Lodging

Monashee Powdercat lodge features 14 double occupancy rooms, ensuite plumbing, heated floors, hot tub, dining room, bar, and lounge. Single rooms available by request for an added charge. 17,000acres of terrain available!

Vista Lodge features 7 bedrooms with dual occupancy, two outhouses, separate sauna building, wood & propane heat, solar power, radio and limited cell coverage. Sits at 7000ft.  We carry water in from outside for our showers, dishes, etc! More rustic accommodations.  We rent the whole lodge and the ski terrain will be all ours!

Mistaya Lodge features 7 bedrooms with dual occupancy, indoor plumbing, running hot and cold water, separate sauna building, wood & propane heat, solar power, radio and limited satellite wifi. Sits at 7000ft.  Nicer accommodations. We rent the whole lodge and the ski terrain will be all ours!

Getting There

DRIVE: Meet us in at the Calgary Airport

FLY: To Calgary (Vista and Mistaya) or Kelowna (Monashee Cat Ski)  We’ll pick you up at the airport at our meeting time!

On our last day we heli back to the staging area and we’ll take the van back to the airport.

Testimonials

Our trip to Japan was phenomenal! As the location becomes more exotic, it becomes more important to have a guide who knows the area and knows where to find the goodness; Check. Combined with fantastic organization and a small group, we spent all of our time in the enjoyment zone. Kudos to Emily for getting all the elements just right, and creating a lifetime memory.

Casey S.Sante Fe, NM

I can’t even describe the emotions I feel thinking back to the two backcounty ski hut trips I’ve done in Canada with Backcountry Babes. It’s a lot of “Oh my god that was fun!”, but it was also such a confidence builder. I feel like I can hang, I’m a badass, and now I know all these incredible women that I can use as role models.

Amy H,Canada Hut Trip

This trip was one of the most rewarding outdoor experiences I’ve ever had. Great women, fantastic guides, way too much food, and AMAZING skiing! As soon as I got home I was already signed up for next year’s trip.

Lauren S.Canada Hut Trip

My eternal thanks to Backcountry Babes for showing me what the backcountry is all about. The March 2016 trip to Powder Creek Lodge was my first hut trip in BC. We skied the lodge’s spectacular terrain, tracking up perfect virgin fields of white and bootpacking cold couloirs when the vertical got too steep to skin. I disconnected from the world all week (!) and instead connected to 14 women who were strangers to me at the beginning and now are anything but. I left exhausted and worked and spoiled for life. Can’t wait to do it again!

Esme D.Canada Hut Trip

I just returned from my third Backcountry Babes backcountry hut trip, and I can’t wait to go again! It’s not just about the powder, the peaks or the ability to disconnect for a whole week. It’s about these amazing women–babes who are smart, passionate, compassionate AND who know how to shred the gnar! Thanks, Backcountry Babes for the conversation on the skin track, the tips and education, the encouragement and the non-stop laughs.

Jen F.Canada Hut Trip