Backcountry Ski Lodge Trip, British Columbia – 2022
Location - British Columbia
March 26, 2022 - April 3, 2022
April 2, 2022 - April 10, 2022
Backcountry Skiing in British Columbia
This is our 12th 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! The journey starts in Kelowna with a shuttle drive through the British Columbia mountains and lakes. We’ll spend the night at a casual motel, to wake up early with a scenic helicopter ride over the Selkirk Mountains to Valkyr Lodge, our backcountry base camp. 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: 9 Days
Activity Level: High
Required Skill Level: Backcountry skier able to ski intermediate to advanced ungroomed terrain in higher elevations; have some avalanche safety education and 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.
March 26 – April 3rd, 2022, Valkyr Lodge, British Columbia. SOLD OUT
April 2nd – April 10th, 2022, Valkyr Lodge, British Columbia. Spots Available!
In the past on these weeks, we’ve had a combination of long sunny days, corn skiing, storm skiing, powder skiing, bluebird days, and warm afternoons on the deck.
British Columbia Hut Trip Details
Starts at 3:00pm
Fly to Kelowna, British Columbia (YLW). The trip starts with our group shuttle, departing around 3:30pm from the airport to our casual hotel for the night near our heli staging area. Along the way we’ll stop for a kick off dinner at a local restaurant. Shuttle, Dinner and Hotel are included in trip price.
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 an afternoon ski.
We’ll ski BC snow all day, rest, eat well, sauna, relax, have fun, socialize, and repeat as frequently as possible.
Helicopter out of hut and shuttle back to Kelowna. Plan to travel home the next morning.
What to Expect
- 2 helicopter rides over the Selkirk Mountains
- 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]
- Alcohol. Please feel free to BYO canned beer, boxed wine, and other non-glass nightcaps
- Airfare to get to Kelowna
- Gratuities for your 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
- Travel insurance
- Have any questions? Email us at [email protected]
- 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
VALKYR LODGE on Naumulten Mountain was built in 2005. It features a micro-hydro power system with A/C current, indoor hot and cold running water, toilets and hot showers in both the lodge and sauna hut. There’s a fully outfitted kitchen, a large dining table, a drying room for boots and gear, and a ski room. The lodge has wireless Internet access. There are 6 bedrooms to sleep 12 guests. Enjoy the quality down duvets! For relaxing your tired muscles at the end of the day, check out the Sauna Hut.
DRIVE: To Kelowna, BC and meet us at the airport, or meet us in Vernon for dinner, or meet us in Burton, BC at our motel for the night.
FLY: To Kelowna, British Columba (YLW). From Kelowna, join our group minivan shuttle to our heli staging area in Burton, BC.
On our last day we heli back to Burton and we’ll take the minivans back to 1) The Kelowna or The Four Points by Sheraton right next to the Kelowna Airport, super convenient for spending the night before a morning flight or 2) Sparkling Hill Resort, a spa/resort where some of our guests have enjoyed spending a couple nights apres-trip.
“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