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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 cup of 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.
Enjoy exceptional late-season ski conditions with ample snowfall
Non-glaciated terrain means light packing and more flexibility
The sauna, down duvets, and wood-fired stove ensure a warm stay
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.
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.
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!
Rob is a AMGA/IFMGA guide who runs ski and climbing trips all over the world — from the Rockies to the Dolomites. We tour at least once a year with him because he always brings out the best in us wherever we go and whatever the objective. Rob is the owner of Vetta Mountain Guides, based out of Boulder, Colorado.
What you get on this adventure:
What’s not included:
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.
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.
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
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 prices:
Backcountry skiing from British Columbia’s Sentry Lodge can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
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.
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.
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!