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Selkirk Lodge

Deep powder. High alpine.

2022 //  Jan 15-22, April 16-23 SOLD OUT
2023 //  Jan 14-21 (2 SPOTS), Jan 7-14, March 25-April 1 SOLD OUT
2024 //  Jan 13-20 (14 SPOTS), Jan 20-27 (14 SPOTS), April 13-20 (14 SPOTS)

Experience the best backcountry ski touring lodge in the Selkirk Mountains! Legendary alpine and skiing runs, world class hospitality, deep snowpack and abundant cold smoke powder skiing!

Perched at 2200m (7200 ft.) in the Albert Icefield area east of Revelstoke, Selkirk Lodge commands a backcountry skiing paradise. The lodge overlooks a valley of breathtaking beauty, with spectacular views in every direction. Outstanding ski touring awaits you right outside the door.

Selkirk Lodge is cozy and comfortable, with indoor plumbing, shower, solar electricity, and internet access. The Lodge accommodates fourteen guests in one- two-, three- and four-person bedrooms, all with fluffy down duvets and comfortable beds.

In the morning, you will wake up to the wonderful smell of flavorful locally roasted coffee, and a substantial tasty breakfast. After a fun filled day in the stunning Selkirk mountains, folks relax over a scrumptious après ski snack, while the chefs concoct another delicious dinner.

Access to Selkirk Lodge is by helicopter from our Jumping Creek staging area, approximately 45 km east of Revelstoke.

List of Amenities:

  • Electricity powered by our recently upgraded solar system
  • Wifi
  • Shower
  • Beds and Bedding
  • Spacious common areas and dining room
  • Beautiful custom woodwork throughout the lodge
  • Wood heat
  • Drying Room
  • Indoor Toilets (liquid only!)
  • Propane incinerating outhouse toilets

We will meet at the staging area at 7:30 am on the first day of the trip (Saturday morning, see below for details), helicopter into the lodge and fly back out the following Saturday morning. During our stay we will have two ACMG certified Mountain Guides (IFMGA/UIAGM) leading the groups on day trips from the hut each day. Each evening we will return to the very comfortable lodge to relax, hang out with friends and enjoy delicious meals prepared by the cook.

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Meeting location: NOTE NEW TIME AND MEETING PLACE

We are now staging at the Jumping Creek Water Bottling Plant on the Jumping Creek Forest Service Road, which is approximately 8 km further east from Albert Canyon, and about 45 km east of Revelstoke. Click here for Google Maps Directions to the turnoff.

Note: lunches will be provided!

The helicopter is scheduled to arrive at the staging area at 8:00 AM pacific time. Please arrive in time to be ready at the staging area by 7:30 AM pacific time to sign waivers and get weighed and organized. Everyone should be dressed to ski (ski/snowboard boots on, with a daypack packed for a day of skiing).

Driving Directions to our new staging area: The Jumping Creek Forest Service Road is located approximately 45 km east of Revelstoke on Highway 1. It is approximately 100 m east of a large pullout area that is on the north side of the highway (Corbin brake check). Turn onto the Jumping Creek Forest Service road, which is on the south side of Highway 1. This is a right turn if you are coming from Revelstoke. If you are coming from the east (Golden), this is a left turn. If traffic is heavy, it is advised to turn into the pullout area, then turn around here and go back to the east and turn right onto the Jumping Creek Forest Service Road. Drive down the Jumping Creek Forest service road for approximately 1.5 km and continue around a switchback that passes under the railroad tracks. Shortly after this, (approximately 300 m) there is a fork in the road – stay right. You will see our staging area, which has a bright red shipping container on it, as well as a wood sided outhouse/composting toilet building. You will also see a large blue metal building to the right of our staging area, which is the bottling plant.

If you are using Google Maps the “Jumping Creek Water Bottling Plant” does show up, but the app will not indicate that you need to drive down the Jumping Creek Forest Service Road, so it should be used for general reference only.

Guests, guides and staff are all responsible for their own transportation to the
staging area. All vehicles will be left at the staging area for the duration of your
trip. There are cameras in the area and though we cannot guarantee complete
security, the area is relatively secure and is not visible from the highway. We do not recommend leaving valuables in your vehicle and Selkirk Lodge is not responsible for theft or damage should it occur during your trip.

**Please note – we have a brand new outhouse/composting toilet for you to use at the staging area. Please use the outhouse for any and all toilet needs. The owners of the water bottling plant do not wish for their business associates and clients to see any yellow snow when they arrive at the facility.

We are no longer using a Bell 205 helicopter; we will be using an A-star. Please pack in small bags. Your luggage (excluding daypack and skis) should easily fit into a 40L duffle. Please avoid bringing excessive baggage by taking a look at the gear list. Please do not pack in hard sided or rolling suitcases. Please leave your ski bags (if you have them) in your car. Please pack alcohol in small cardboard boxes to make loading the helicopter easy.

Selkirk Lodge now has a fleet of nice, warm winter boots sized 7-12 men’s. You do not need to fly your own winter boots in to the lodge, only ski/board boots and indoor footwear/sandals/slippers/crocs. This is in an effort to cut down on bulk in the helicopter.

Please be on time: However, if for some unforeseen reason you cannot make it, please give us a call ASAP to help arrange alternate transport to the lodge. Call Tom Wolfe at 403-707-9996; Conrad Janzen at 403-760-0887; and/or email selkirklodge@xplornet.com

How to get to Revelstoke

Revelstoke Mountain Resort has put together a web page on How to get to Revelstoke by Air that is very useful.

We recommend you fly into Kelowna airport, which is 2.5 hrs in good weather by road from Revelstoke. From there, you have a few options:

  1. Scheduled airport transfers. Visit Revelstoke Airport Transfers for a comprehensive guide to your options.
  2. Rent a car at the airport which of course is very convenient. Renting for the week is recommended over one-way drop-offs, and carpooling with other people in the group helps share the cost of the week-long rental.
  3. Another option, if your group can coordinate together, is to arrange a private airport transfer. Visit Revelstoke Airport Transfers  for options and contact details. From Kelowna, this costs about $550 USD each way for a max of 20 persons, so that comes to about $1100 USD or $80 USD per person for the round trip.

There are also direct flights from Vancouver to Revelstoke. I can’t recommend this though because the airport in Revelstoke is not reliable in bad weather and it really is not worth the risk of being delayed and missing your heli flight into the lodge.

We look forward to spending the week together with you and exploring the amazing ski terrain that Selkirk Lodge has to offer!

Packing Notes

A gear list for the week is attached below. Despite being a mid winter trip you should bring ski crampons. They can make a big difference even on a powder skiing week at times. If you have any difficulty obtaining these please let me know. I have some spares and can likely set you up with a pair. You will need a climbing harness with several locking carabiners. Please ensure that it fits comfortably over your ski clothes. A light weight ice axe may be useful for some of the lines in the area, especially late season (late March-April-May) but if you don’t have one or aren’t interested in that kind of skiing then don’t worry about bringing one. We have extras at the lodge in any case.

The lodge is equipped with 110 VAC power and does have limited Wi-Fi internet access. It has a great ski repair area and several sets of high quality skis if you would like to try something different during the week. It also has a wonderful sauna for the end of the day, and beer and wine are available to purchase at the lodge.

Trip Reports and Stories

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Backcountry Huts of BC

57 Hours has created a beautiful landing page featuring some of our great backcountry ski lodge trips.

Canadian Hut Ski Traverses Webinar

57 Hours hosts some great webinars on the “Epic Adventures” series. This winter they featured two trips offered by none other than Sawback Alpine Adventures. Check it out!

Battle Abbey Lodge

A beautiful weekend for skiing up on the Icefield Parkway. Today we got up high for some excellent views and great deep powder skiing.

Little Crowfoot Knob

A beautiful weekend for skiing up on the Icefield Parkway. Today we got up high for some excellent views and great deep powder skiing.

2020 Burnie Glacier Chalet

Jan 11-18, 2020

Like last January we had incredible snow conditions: deep light Selkirk powder, and first tracks in the truest sense: being the first group on an regular ski program at Selkirk this season, most of the runs we did hadn’t been skied yet this winter!

Bugaboos to Rogers Pass

April 20-29, 2014

Here’s an old report of a trip we’re offering again for 2021. Book your spot today!

Selkirk Lodge

Jan 11-18, 2020

Like last January we had incredible snow conditions: deep light Selkirk powder, and first tracks in the truest sense: being the first group on an regular ski program at Selkirk this season, most of the runs we did hadn’t been skied yet this winter!

Valhalla Lodge

March 8-15, 2020

It was a blissful week in paradise. With no internet connection for the majority of the week we were unaware that the world was rapidly falling apart …

Japan Ski

Jan 20-Feb 1, 2020

The day after I flew out of Selkirk Lodge I was sitting in a jet plane heading to Japan.

Northern British Columbia – Burnie Glacier by Pictures

Jan 23-30, 2019

Lee Lau and his friends booked a week with us at Burnie Glacier Chalet at the end of March. We had exceptional spring conditions and enjoyed some incredible tours up in the high glaciers.

The Gruvelagert Restaurant – Svalbard Fine Dining

May 2019

Michelin level food in the high, high Arctic. Who would have ever expected this in a tiny miner’s shack at the edge of town?

Rembrandt Ski & Sail Slideshow and Photos

May 2019

This was our first of two Ski & Sails this past May, 2019. We had really calm weather this week, with cloud bands that made travel interesting but never impossible. It’s hard to beat the day we toured up into Tinayrebukta, my favourite little fjord. Or the traverse across the peninsula into Ny-Ålesund, a tiny research outpost at 79 degrees north, on the south side of Kongsfjord.

Svalbard Ski & Sail

May 2019

This spring I ran another two Ski and Sail weeks in the arctic archipelago of Svalbard: the first on the s/v Rembrandt van Rijn, the second on the s/v Noorderlicht, both traditional gaff-rigged schooners and perfect for exploring the coastal fjords of Spitzbergen.

Noorderlicht Photo Album

May 2019

Svalbard has spectacular scenery, massive tumbling glaciers, and abundant wildlife. It also has innumerable, perfect ski peaks rising from the sea that make for some of the best skiing anywhere.

Noorderlicht Ski & Sail Slideshow

May 2019

Svalbard has spectacular scenery, massive tumbling glaciers, and abundant wildlife. It also has innumerable, perfect ski peaks rising from the sea that make for some of the best skiing anywhere.

Sorcerer Trip

April 20-27, 2019

For spring skiing it does not get better than Sorcerer Lodge. While it’s at the top of my list of recommendations for people to head to extend their ski touring season, it’s also one of the best places for high alpine ski mountaineering anywhere, and the end of April is the perfect window. With a great snowpack and no interruptions from heliskiing (the heliski season ends the first week of April) I’ve had consistently excellent experiences with Sorcerer in the last week of April and this was no exception.

Bow Yoho Traverse

April 1-7, 2019

The Bow Yoho traverse has in recent years become our most popular trip, and for good reason. This hut to hut traverse takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery and is an excellent variation on the Wapta traverse with superb, varied skiing.

Burnie Glacier

March 8-15, 2019

This was the second of my three weeks of ski touring at Burnie in 2019. Burnie is one of my favourite lodges — and one of my favourite places to be period.

Mount Carlyle Lodge

Feb 24-Mar 3, 2019

Mt. Carlyle Lodge in the southern Selkirks is a beautiful lodge surrounded by great ski terrain. I spent a week there this past winter with a group of regulars from Vancouver.

Burnie Glacier

Jan 25-Feb 1, 2019

Here’s a selection of photos from this year’s January trip. We were actually able to complete the seldom-done Polemic Pass circuit, which might have been the earliest it’s ever been done successfully. We also made it to the top of Middle Solitaire, Loft Peak and Solitaire Ski peak and skied off the back side of Tom George. So even in January there’s much to be done with the right group and the right conditions — but the same can be said about any other month of the year!

Longyearbyen Webcam Photo

Our Ski and Sail trips to Svalbard this spring will enjoy around the clock sunlight in the Land of the…

Selkirk Lodge Trip Report

Jan 5 to 12, 2019

The Selkirks have a great snowpack right now, with the recent problems of windslabs and the January 2 freezing rain layer well settled.

Ice Climbing in Field

Dec 28-Jan 1, 2018

This winter I got to take out three of my favourite kids ice climbing: Ruth, Rohan and Slade. Here’s a collection of photos of our adventures together!

Hallam Peak Alpine Club General Mountaineering Camp

July 2018

The Alpine Club of Canada’s General Mountaineering Camps (GMCs) are a very old tradition, dating back to 1906 and the dawn of mountaineering in Canada. They have always been pretty big affairs, attracting mountaineers from all over.

Wapta Traverse

Jun 17-21, 2018

I know what you’re thinking — Tom, it’s summer… the Wapta traverse? Well it was a lot more pleasant than my experience 6 months ago leaving Bow Hut in the dark at 8:00 am with -35°C temps and clouds and wind. And the snow was pretty good too — from Sunday to Tuesday it was great spring ski touring conditions.

Ski touring the Arctic Archipelago with the Midnight Sun

May 19-29, 2018

Svalbard, or Spitzbergen as it is also known, is made for skiing. Countless ski peaks rise 500 to 800 m or more directly out of the ocean, blanketed in snow and rugged glaciers as far as the eye can see.

Sorcerer Lodge

April 21-28, 2019

Just back from a sensational week up at Sorcerer Lodge. Epic spring powder ski mountaineering for the first four days, then three days of backing off in the face of the big meltdown — but still excellent steep skiing with extra early starts and back to the lodge for beers by 1 pm, then noon, then 11 am!

Bow Yoho Traverse #3

April 1-7, 2018

Today I completed a week-long guided Bow-Yoho traverse from Bow Lake to Field, my 3rd and final Bow Yoho of the season!

Nirvana Pass Ski Camp 2018

March 9-15, 2018

This winter I ran a ski camp out of Nirvana Pass. Located just a short distance from Mount Waddington, Nirvana is a hybrid between Coast and Chilcotin terrain. The glaciers are massive and tumbling, but the relief is not as severe as the neighboring peaks. And, while there’s a ton of snow, it’s not as intense and the weather is generally better than further west.

Valhalla Mountain Lodge

Feb 24-March 3, 2018

I just spent a week at the unbelievable Valhalla Mountain Lodge, where we had over 140 cm of storm snowfall with very little wind. Needless to say the skiing was perfect, day after day after day. The only day was the snow shoveling to keep the lodge and sugar shack from disappearing!

Racing the sun at Burnie Glacier

Today I did three Burnie runs I’d never done before — Mystery Rib Left and Right, and Thataway Far Right…

Sunny tree skiing at Burnie

At Burnie Glacier Chalet, or anywhere for that matter, what’s better than tree skiing on a powder day? Well, nothing,…

Powder Day :: Burnie Glacier Chalet

That was my best powder day in years. We hit Tom George hard. Heavy trail breaking slowed things down but the ski quality… wow. Deep dry powder in -15° temps meant face shots every turn top to bottom. Nothing like 700 m tree runs with a beautiful lodge to warm up and refuel in between.

Solitaire Ski Peak :: Burnie Glacier Chalet

Yesterday a temperature inversion meant +1°C. This morning we woke to more snow and -4°C. Throughout the day the temperature has been dropping and by the time we returned from our day of skiing it was -14° with 10 cm new fluffy snow on the ground and still falling! Today we skied up the ultra classic Solitaire Ski Peak, which offers a 1200 m run directly back to the hut. Half the group, despite the challenging visibility, decided to do a hot lap on The Pinörkel, which one of the guests noticed strongly resembles the run down from Sapphire Col at Rogers Pass. Of course here there are no crowds, and no tracks in this vast wilderness apart from those left by our own group of 13.Another 20-30 cm in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Let it snow!

Exchange day at Burnie!

The weather cleared for an uneventful flight into the Chalet. Well not quite uneventful — after takeoff the passenger door on the A-Star popped open twice so we had to return for a quick repair. An inversion today meant -6° in a Smithers and +1° at the Chalet. Moist snow is forecast to freeze into a thin crust with tonight’s colder temperatures, -10° by breakfast!

YVR stopover en route to Burnie Glacier

Today I’m flying to to Smithers for two weeks of skiing. In the past two weeks they’ve got well over 200 cm of storm snow and it’s forecast to keep coming down hard this week. High Avalanche hazard, storm, crazy amounts of snow! But I’m stoked, I’ve worked Burnie in all conditions and the beauty of the area is that it has always delivered a good week of skiing, every time. That’s saying something — I’ve skied and guided there almost every winter since 2004.

Ski Tour :: The Molars :: Kicking Horse Slackcountry

Today we did a short ski tour up onto the East facing Molars, the backcountry accessed off Kicking Horse Mountain…

Rogers Pass

Wow what great ski touring conditions at Rogers Pass this weekend. The avalanche situation is still tricky but the ski…

Rogers Pass :: Advanced Avalanche Skills Training :: AST-2

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Sunshine Slackcountry :: Bye Bye Bowl

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Bow-Yoho Traverse

Dec 29-Jan 1, 2018

I completed a 4-day Yoho Traverse yesterday with a very hardy group of Saskatchewaners. We experienced very cold temperatures, ranging from -35C to -17C. Face protection in the form of buffs and goggles were essential at times, especially on the glaciers, and toe warmers helped keep things as comfortable as possible.

Ski touring :: Sugar Bowl :: Icefields Parkway

On my birthday I like to go for a ski with the family. This year on December 23rd we headed…

Hero’s Knob Ski Tour :: Canadian Rockies

Hero’s Knob is a super popular destination for classic loops and powder backcountry ski touring descents, both moderate and fairly…

Skiing and Skating

Today was a multi-sports day for me. I spent the bulk of the day teaching an AST-1 field day at…

Trip Reports and Stories

Looking for inspiration?

Wondering what our trips are all about? Here’s a bunch of trip reports and stories, complete with photos, for you!

Backcountry Huts of BC

57 Hours has created a beautiful landing page featuring some of our great backcountry ski lodge trips.

Canadian Hut Ski Traverses Webinar

57 Hours hosts some great webinars on the “Epic Adventures” series. This winter they featured two trips offered by none other than Sawback Alpine Adventures. Check it out!

Battle Abbey Lodge

A beautiful weekend for skiing up on the Icefield Parkway. Today we got up high for some excellent views and great deep powder skiing.

Little Crowfoot Knob

A beautiful weekend for skiing up on the Icefield Parkway. Today we got up high for some excellent views and great deep powder skiing.

2020 Burnie Glacier Chalet

Jan 11-18, 2020

Like last January we had incredible snow conditions: deep light Selkirk powder, and first tracks in the truest sense: being the first group on an regular ski program at Selkirk this season, most of the runs we did hadn’t been skied yet this winter!

Bugaboos to Rogers Pass

April 20-29, 2014

Here’s an old report of a trip we’re offering again for 2021. Book your spot today!

Selkirk Lodge

Jan 11-18, 2020

Like last January we had incredible snow conditions: deep light Selkirk powder, and first tracks in the truest sense: being the first group on an regular ski program at Selkirk this season, most of the runs we did hadn’t been skied yet this winter!

Valhalla Lodge

March 8-15, 2020

It was a blissful week in paradise. With no internet connection for the majority of the week we were unaware that the world was rapidly falling apart …

Japan Ski

Jan 20-Feb 1, 2020

The day after I flew out of Selkirk Lodge I was sitting in a jet plane heading to Japan.

Northern British Columbia – Burnie Glacier by Pictures

Jan 23-30, 2019

Lee Lau and his friends booked a week with us at Burnie Glacier Chalet at the end of March. We had exceptional spring conditions and enjoyed some incredible tours up in the high glaciers.

The Gruvelagert Restaurant – Svalbard Fine Dining

May 2019

Michelin level food in the high, high Arctic. Who would have ever expected this in a tiny miner’s shack at the edge of town?

Rembrandt Ski & Sail Slideshow and Photos

May 2019

This was our first of two Ski & Sails this past May, 2019. We had really calm weather this week, with cloud bands that made travel interesting but never impossible. It’s hard to beat the day we toured up into Tinayrebukta, my favourite little fjord. Or the traverse across the peninsula into Ny-Ålesund, a tiny research outpost at 79 degrees north, on the south side of Kongsfjord.

Svalbard Ski & Sail

May 2019

This spring I ran another two Ski and Sail weeks in the arctic archipelago of Svalbard: the first on the s/v Rembrandt van Rijn, the second on the s/v Noorderlicht, both traditional gaff-rigged schooners and perfect for exploring the coastal fjords of Spitzbergen.

Noorderlicht Photo Album

May 2019

Svalbard has spectacular scenery, massive tumbling glaciers, and abundant wildlife. It also has innumerable, perfect ski peaks rising from the sea that make for some of the best skiing anywhere.

Noorderlicht Ski & Sail Slideshow

May 2019

Svalbard has spectacular scenery, massive tumbling glaciers, and abundant wildlife. It also has innumerable, perfect ski peaks rising from the sea that make for some of the best skiing anywhere.

Sorcerer Trip

April 20-27, 2019

For spring skiing it does not get better than Sorcerer Lodge. While it’s at the top of my list of recommendations for people to head to extend their ski touring season, it’s also one of the best places for high alpine ski mountaineering anywhere, and the end of April is the perfect window. With a great snowpack and no interruptions from heliskiing (the heliski season ends the first week of April) I’ve had consistently excellent experiences with Sorcerer in the last week of April and this was no exception.

Bow Yoho Traverse

April 1-7, 2019

The Bow Yoho traverse has in recent years become our most popular trip, and for good reason. This hut to hut traverse takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery and is an excellent variation on the Wapta traverse with superb, varied skiing.

Burnie Glacier

March 8-15, 2019

This was the second of my three weeks of ski touring at Burnie in 2019. Burnie is one of my favourite lodges — and one of my favourite places to be period.

Mount Carlyle Lodge

Feb 24-Mar 3, 2019

Mt. Carlyle Lodge in the southern Selkirks is a beautiful lodge surrounded by great ski terrain. I spent a week there this past winter with a group of regulars from Vancouver.

Burnie Glacier

Jan 25-Feb 1, 2019

Here’s a selection of photos from this year’s January trip. We were actually able to complete the seldom-done Polemic Pass circuit, which might have been the earliest it’s ever been done successfully. We also made it to the top of Middle Solitaire, Loft Peak and Solitaire Ski peak and skied off the back side of Tom George. So even in January there’s much to be done with the right group and the right conditions — but the same can be said about any other month of the year!

Longyearbyen Webcam Photo

Our Ski and Sail trips to Svalbard this spring will enjoy around the clock sunlight in the Land of the…

Selkirk Lodge Trip Report

Jan 5 to 12, 2019

The Selkirks have a great snowpack right now, with the recent problems of windslabs and the January 2 freezing rain layer well settled.

Ice Climbing in Field

Dec 28-Jan 1, 2018

This winter I got to take out three of my favourite kids ice climbing: Ruth, Rohan and Slade. Here’s a collection of photos of our adventures together!

Hallam Peak Alpine Club General Mountaineering Camp

July 2018

The Alpine Club of Canada’s General Mountaineering Camps (GMCs) are a very old tradition, dating back to 1906 and the dawn of mountaineering in Canada. They have always been pretty big affairs, attracting mountaineers from all over.

Wapta Traverse

Jun 17-21, 2018

I know what you’re thinking — Tom, it’s summer… the Wapta traverse? Well it was a lot more pleasant than my experience 6 months ago leaving Bow Hut in the dark at 8:00 am with -35°C temps and clouds and wind. And the snow was pretty good too — from Sunday to Tuesday it was great spring ski touring conditions.

Ski touring the Arctic Archipelago with the Midnight Sun

May 19-29, 2018

Svalbard, or Spitzbergen as it is also known, is made for skiing. Countless ski peaks rise 500 to 800 m or more directly out of the ocean, blanketed in snow and rugged glaciers as far as the eye can see.

Sorcerer Lodge

April 21-28, 2019

Just back from a sensational week up at Sorcerer Lodge. Epic spring powder ski mountaineering for the first four days, then three days of backing off in the face of the big meltdown — but still excellent steep skiing with extra early starts and back to the lodge for beers by 1 pm, then noon, then 11 am!

Bow Yoho Traverse #3

April 1-7, 2018

Today I completed a week-long guided Bow-Yoho traverse from Bow Lake to Field, my 3rd and final Bow Yoho of the season!

Nirvana Pass Ski Camp 2018

March 9-15, 2018

This winter I ran a ski camp out of Nirvana Pass. Located just a short distance from Mount Waddington, Nirvana is a hybrid between Coast and Chilcotin terrain. The glaciers are massive and tumbling, but the relief is not as severe as the neighboring peaks. And, while there’s a ton of snow, it’s not as intense and the weather is generally better than further west.

Valhalla Mountain Lodge

Feb 24-March 3, 2018

I just spent a week at the unbelievable Valhalla Mountain Lodge, where we had over 140 cm of storm snowfall with very little wind. Needless to say the skiing was perfect, day after day after day. The only day was the snow shoveling to keep the lodge and sugar shack from disappearing!

Racing the sun at Burnie Glacier

Today I did three Burnie runs I’d never done before — Mystery Rib Left and Right, and Thataway Far Right…

Sunny tree skiing at Burnie

At Burnie Glacier Chalet, or anywhere for that matter, what’s better than tree skiing on a powder day? Well, nothing,…

Powder Day :: Burnie Glacier Chalet

That was my best powder day in years. We hit Tom George hard. Heavy trail breaking slowed things down but the ski quality… wow. Deep dry powder in -15° temps meant face shots every turn top to bottom. Nothing like 700 m tree runs with a beautiful lodge to warm up and refuel in between.

Solitaire Ski Peak :: Burnie Glacier Chalet

Yesterday a temperature inversion meant +1°C. This morning we woke to more snow and -4°C. Throughout the day the temperature has been dropping and by the time we returned from our day of skiing it was -14° with 10 cm new fluffy snow on the ground and still falling! Today we skied up the ultra classic Solitaire Ski Peak, which offers a 1200 m run directly back to the hut. Half the group, despite the challenging visibility, decided to do a hot lap on The Pinörkel, which one of the guests noticed strongly resembles the run down from Sapphire Col at Rogers Pass. Of course here there are no crowds, and no tracks in this vast wilderness apart from those left by our own group of 13.Another 20-30 cm in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Let it snow!

Exchange day at Burnie!

The weather cleared for an uneventful flight into the Chalet. Well not quite uneventful — after takeoff the passenger door on the A-Star popped open twice so we had to return for a quick repair. An inversion today meant -6° in a Smithers and +1° at the Chalet. Moist snow is forecast to freeze into a thin crust with tonight’s colder temperatures, -10° by breakfast!

YVR stopover en route to Burnie Glacier

Today I’m flying to to Smithers for two weeks of skiing. In the past two weeks they’ve got well over 200 cm of storm snow and it’s forecast to keep coming down hard this week. High Avalanche hazard, storm, crazy amounts of snow! But I’m stoked, I’ve worked Burnie in all conditions and the beauty of the area is that it has always delivered a good week of skiing, every time. That’s saying something — I’ve skied and guided there almost every winter since 2004.

Ski Tour :: The Molars :: Kicking Horse Slackcountry

Today we did a short ski tour up onto the East facing Molars, the backcountry accessed off Kicking Horse Mountain…

Rogers Pass

Wow what great ski touring conditions at Rogers Pass this weekend. The avalanche situation is still tricky but the ski…

Rogers Pass :: Advanced Avalanche Skills Training :: AST-2

I spent this past weekend in Rogers Pass finishing the second part of an AST-2 class. We had a great…

Sunshine Slackcountry :: Bye Bye Bowl

The best of both worlds: lift accessed powder backcountry skiing at Sunshine Village! January 4th I headed out with Rohan,…

Bow-Yoho Traverse

Dec 29-Jan 1, 2018

I completed a 4-day Yoho Traverse yesterday with a very hardy group of Saskatchewaners. We experienced very cold temperatures, ranging from -35C to -17C. Face protection in the form of buffs and goggles were essential at times, especially on the glaciers, and toe warmers helped keep things as comfortable as possible.

Ski touring :: Sugar Bowl :: Icefields Parkway

On my birthday I like to go for a ski with the family. This year on December 23rd we headed…

Hero’s Knob Ski Tour :: Canadian Rockies

Hero’s Knob is a super popular destination for classic loops and powder backcountry ski touring descents, both moderate and fairly…

Skiing and Skating

Today was a multi-sports day for me. I spent the bulk of the day teaching an AST-1 field day at…

Snowpack and Climate

Selkirk Lodge is on the west side of the Columbia Mountains and as such gets a LOT of snow. Snowpack depths on the glaciers in January measure 3+ m. In early January the snow is especially likely to be cold, low density, excellent powder. Temperatures will be cooler, but again this is on the west side of the range where temperatures are on average warmer than further east.

Other Info

Workshop: There are tools available at the lodge for any necessary equipment repairs.

Power: We have power at the lodge so you can bring the chargers for your, radios, cameras and headlamps, etc. We have a generator which we will run as necessary and solar panels to provide power when possible. In the name of conservation we try to organize as much charging as possible at one time. Bring a quick charger for batteries if possible.

Wi-fi: There is limited Internet access in the morning (about half an hour) and evening (about one hour), but we encourage guests to leave their computers at home. All “smart” devices should be set to Airplane mode (it saves batteries) and Wifi should be OFF while not in use.  All push notifications and auto-cloud-anythings need to be disabled. Selkirk Lodge has slow satellite and a limited download allowance. Lodge and guide business takes priority.

Location: National Topographic System (NTS) Mapsheet is: Illecillewaet 82N4 (1:50,000 scale). Selkirk Lodge is located at 51° 02’ 40.56” N, 117° 43’ 36.23”W

We offer both Relaxed and Classic pace options at Selkirk Lodge.

  • Day trips, hut-based
  • Hut elevation 2200 m
  • Classic Pace
  • Glaciated terrain
  • Powder skiing and ski mountaineering

Our Trip Ratings Page outlines more specifically how we rate our trips.

Staff

Photos of the guides can be found on our Guides and Partners page.

Tom Wolfe (Mountain Guide ACMG/IFMGA) has been guiding since moving to Canmore in 1995, the place he calls home with wife, son and daughter. He guides year around, with winters being a mix of ski guiding at lodges, heli-ski operations, and remote backcountry destinations throughout western Canada.

Conrad Janzen (Mountain Guide ACMG/IFMGA) has been guiding mountain adventures throughout the mountains of Western Canada since 1998 and lives in Harvie Heights with his wife. He currently splits his time between mountain guiding and working for Parks Canada on the Visitor Safety team based out of Lake Louise.

Finally, your week at Selkirk Lodge includes an in-house chef who will prepare superb meals. Guests are consistently amazed by the beautiful, tasty, and abundant food. We are happy to accommodate any special diets as needed (an additional fee of $75 Cnd applies and please provide us with as many specifics as possible about your needs).

Our goal is to provide you with the best skiing possible from the comfort and ease of a fully catered backcountry chalet.

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