Hut-Based Backcountry Skiing from Sentry Lodge

Golden | British Columbia
Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to backcountry ski from Sentry Lodge

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    Enjoy exceptional late-season ski conditions with ample snowfall

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    The sauna, down duvets, and wood-fired stove ensure a warm stay

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    Non-glaciated terrain means light packing and more flexibility

With excellent April snow conditions, extensive terrain variety, and an always-welcome dose of luxury, a hut-based ski tour in Sentry lodge is the perfect way to close your season. Just imagine: You wake up, have a hot coffee, and spend all day chasing pillow lines, treeline runs, or doing some non-glaciated alpine touring right out the doorstep! Once you’ve had your fill, you retreat to your recently-renovated lodge, warm up by the wood-fired stove, recoup in the sauna, and enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by a private chef. It may be late season, but it’s never too late for a five-star ski trip. Find out more about skiing from British Columbia’s remote backcountry lodges from ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide Tom Wolfe.

Season

April

Nearest city

Calgary, AB, is 3 hours away from Golden, BC, the starting point of this tour

Duration

8 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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Hut-Based Backcountry Skiing in British Columbia’s Sentry Lodge

8 days

Enjoy a week of primo late-season skiing in one of Canada’s premier touring destinations. Fly into the luxurious and well-equipped Sentry Lodge, spend your days chasing BC’s finest runs with seasoned, certified guides, and your evenings unwinding in a sauna, savoring hot meals prepped by a private chef, and telling stories by a wood-fired stove.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Meet your guides at the helipad in Golden, BC, in the morning. After a quick briefing and check-in, enjoy a short and sweet flight to your home base for the next six days. Get settled and situated, go through a short safety briefing, and spend the rest of the day touring the area.

Days 2-7: Ski days at Sentry Lodge

Ski the best that the Esplanade Range has to offer! Your guides will lead the tours, planning each day in accordance with your desires, snow conditions, and the avalanche safety situation. You’ll find epic tree skiing, smooth pillow lines, and even some alpine slopes. The ample snowfall ensures reliable runs, and the non-glaciated terrain means you get to pack light.

After earning your turns, retreat to your lodge and warm up by the wood-fired stove, relax your muscles in the wood-fired sauna, and refuel on fantastic food cooked by your private chef. It’s a routine that’s easy to get used to.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, pack up your gear, say goodbye to your cozy lodge, and take the chopper back to Golden. Time to start planning your next adventure!

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What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • Two experienced, certified ski guides with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A private chef and a custodian
    • Six days of backcountry ski touring
    • Helicopter transportation from Golden, BC, to the lodge and back
    • Lodge accommodations for the duration of the tour
    • All meals and non-alcoholic drinks for the duration of the tour

What’s not included:

    • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
    • Transportation to Golden, BC
    • Accommodations in Golden before and after the trip
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Guide gratuities — optional

How fit do I need to be?

In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have an excellent level of fitness and prior ski touring experience. You will be skiing and touring for six full days on non-glaciated, but sometimes steep and challenging terrain. Your guide will choose the appropriate pace and terrain for your group, but you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions and be able to skin uphill for a few hours at a time while carrying a loaded daypack.

For the enjoyment and safety of everyone involved, participants must be approved to participate in advanced backcountry skiing tours either through a previous trip with the guiding service or through recommendations and a vetting process.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

This adventure is suited for intermediate to advanced skiers. If you’ve never backcountry skied before or you’re still starting out, we recommend checking out our beginner-friendly ski tours in Golden, BC.

What do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

    • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
    • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
    • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
      • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
      • Lightweight snow shovel
      • Avalanche probe
    • Ski crampons

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

    • Helmet
    • Head lamp with good batteries
    • Sunglasses or ski goggles
    • Gloves and hat
    • Long underwear top (synthetic or wool)
    • Light fleece or wool sweater
    • Lightweight wind jacket (nylon or ‘Schoeller’)
    • Waterproof – breathable shell jacket
    • Warm insulated jacket (down or synthetic)
    • Pair of wool or synthetic socks and liner socks
    • Pair wool or synthetic underwear
    • Long underwear bottoms (synthetic or wool)
    • Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants
    • Waterproof breathable shell pants (full zip is best)
    • Handkerchief
    • Down or synthetic camp booties — optional
    • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
    • Insulated water bottle and 1.5-2L of water
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • Food you can eat on the go
    • First-aid kit
    • Sunscreen
    • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
    • Camera — optional
    • Duffle bag for flying into the lodge
    • Shoes or sandals
    • Winter boots for travel to the outhouse
    • Hut clothing
    • 1-2 towels and swimsuit for sauna
    • Personal medications and toiletries
    • Chargers for electronic devices (normal AC power is available via micro-hydro)

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

Ski rental locations are in Golden, BC, and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • Sentry Lodge can accommodate up to 12 skiers with a 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio.
    • The cost is per person and doesn’t decrease as the group grows. 

Backcountry skiing from British Columbia’s Sentry Lodge can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposits and cancellation policy

A deposit of 30% of the total price is due upon booking. Once your guide confirms your booking, your trip departure is guaranteed and the second payment is due 90 days before the trip.

If you need to cancel a reservation, please do so in writing (best by e-mail). Once your booking is confirmed, you and your Guides enter into financial obligations and they cannot refund payments or release you from your contractual obligations. Therefore, it is highly recommended to buy cancellation insurance to cover your losses in case you can’t participate or have to interrupt your trip “for any reason”.

Your Guides do reserve the right to change guides, particular lodging, or the itinerary or venue should unforeseen circumstances (guide sickness, hut or route closing, etc.) force them to do so or should the physical condition of the participants, weather or mountain conditions make a continuation as planned too risky. Your Guides will not be deemed to be in default for any delay or failure to perform their obligations under this agreement resulting from acts of God, the elements, war, acts of government, civil or military authorities, natural calamities, catastrophe, fire, flood, accidents, epidemics, shortage of transportation, or any other like events beyond our reasonable control.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Golden, BC, the starting point of this tour, most people fly into Calgary International Airport three hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus to Golden.

You will meet your guides at the Golden helipad on the morning of the trip, so plan to arrive a day early, especially if you’re renting equipment. After a quick briefing and check-in, a helicopter will take you and your guides to Sentry Lodge, marking the start of your adventure.

Covid measures in British Columbia

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in British Columbia, please refer to Canada’s COVID-19 travel guidelines and the BC Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 travel advisory.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

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