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Valhalla Mountain | British Columbia

Backcountry Skiing at Valhalla Mountain Touring Lodge

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Late November through mid-April

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Nearest city

Nelson, BC is just over an hour away

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7 days

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Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

A skiing sanctuary in the middle of an alpine backcountry paradise

Enjoy your time of uninterrupted skiing and relaxation in the Valhalla mountain range and explore the powder stashes of this hidden British Columbia gem. This alpine paradise set in the heart of Selkirks offers great gladed runs, quality fluffy powder and miles upon miles of thrilling terrain. If you are looking for solitude, relaxation and untouched landscape, search no more! Accessed by snowcat, this backcountry mountain lodge is the perfect winter getaway for groups of up to 14 people. Family-run and full-catered, choose from three, four, or seven days of guided backcountry skiing. After a week of this unique experience ,you won’t wait long before coming back!

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Logde based Week-Long Backcountry Skiing

$2150 per person · 7 days

This hidden gem offers not only pristine snow, beautiful glades and the fluffiest powder, but the whole experience of a winter wonderland. Enjoy three nights, four nights, or a full week of backcountry skiing and spend your days ski touring and evenings in a cozy lodge high in the mountains. The lodge can host up to 14 guests at a time, so go alone or with a group of friends or family and make this your home away for a unique alpine escape. Valhalla’s remoteness and the variety of routes are definitely to blame for bringing out a sense of adventure in people!

Trip Highlights

Enjoy a week in the Selkirk Mountains and have some serious fun! Located right in the heart of Valhalla Provincial Park, the lodge offers exhilarating days in subalpine terrain filled with superb snow conditions and enticing adventure. Some of the best areas for alpine runs are the Ruby Peak and Big Sister Mountain, north of the lodge. The second your skis carve through the untouched powder, you will never want to leave. And when time comes to go back to the lodge, you will be welcomed with hot appetizers and a relaxing sauna — doesn’t get any better than that! If a week doesn’t fit with your schedule, VMT is offering half-week adventures for the 2021 winter season. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and find out what makes this backcountry mountain lodge one of the best in B.C.

Things you need to know

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. You can view the detailed Valhalla Mountain Touring COVID-19 Response Plan here.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in BC, please refer to the Government of British Columbia website.

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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Why should I go backcountry skiing?

Nothing beats the rush you’ll get from laying down first tracks on an incredible route with nothing but endless terrain laying before you. Alpine peaks, open bowls, steep and secluded tree shots, cruisy, mellow runs — it’s all out there waiting to be explored in the backcountry. You’ll spend less time waiting in chairlift lines and more time skiing, so leave the crowded resort behind and head off-piste for some of the best powder you’ll ever experience!

What can I expect from skiing with a guide?

A certified ski guide will take all of the guesswork out of your time in the backcountry. From tour planning to route selection, terrain management, avalanche safety, and gear knowledge, your guide’s expertise and backcountry experience will ensure you have an unforgettable ski touring adventure. It doesn’t matter your skill level, whether you’ve never backcountry skied or you’re seasoned on the slopes, skiing with a guide has its advantages. Your techniques will sharpen, you’ll learn how to navigate terrain safely, make smart decisions, and most of all, you’ll remain safe in unfamiliar terrain.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

This adventure is reserved for solid intermediate to advanced skiers with previous experience in backcountry skiing. You have to be comfortable multiple hours of skinning, steep descents, diving into deep powder and navigating between trees to fully enjoy the terrain. Days are customized to the experience level of the group, but backcountry experience is necessary.

For those looking to take their first foray into backcountry skiing, there is plenty of terrain in the surrounding area to spend the day at with a private guide and learn the fundamentals of backcountry skiing.

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Three, four or seven days of backcountry ski touring
    • Meals and snacks
    • Lodging
    • Snowcat transportation from Hills, B.C. to the lodge

What’s not included:

    • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
    • Trip insurance
    • Transportation to and from the staging area in Hills, BC

How fit do I need to be?

In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a very good level of fitness. You will be skiing for a few hours every day and skiing in variable terrain. You must be able to manage controlled descents in challenging conditions and have the stamina to ski tour for multiple days in a row. All participants should be very experienced on groomers and be able to carry a loaded daypack.

What equipment 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

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

  • Helmet (optional)
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses or ski goggles
  • Gloves and hat
  • Ball cap
  • Hardshell jacket and pants
  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-tex recommended)
  • Ski pants (Gore-tex recommended)
  • Down jacket or vest (synthetic)
  • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and ski socks
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (at least a 25L backpack)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Bathing suit (optional, for sauna)
  • Lodge clothes and shoes/slippers
  • Books, alcohol and musical instruments can also be brought along due to the snowcat access

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 Nelson, 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.

What’s the itinerary?

Depending on the length of your stay at the Valhalla Mountain Touring lodge, you will spend either three or seven days touring the surrounding backcountry terrain. Your days will be customized to match the skill level and objectives of your group. You and your guide will discuss route selection and whatever you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan outings taking into consideration factors such as weather and snow conditions.

Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your days will look like this:

    • 7:30 am: Wake up, have breakfast and get ready to head out
    • 8:30 am -11:00 am: Gear up, go over safety considerations, and skin to the location of your backcountry ski tour
    • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Spend the day backcountry skiing on routes selected to best suit your group, stopping for lunch and breaks as needed
    • 3:00 pm: Back to the lodge for a fully catered dinner and a relaxing evening with an option for a sauna!

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this backcountry skiing adventure.
  • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about group sizes and pricing?

The Valhalla Mountain Touring lodge can accommodate up to 14 guests at a time. Therefore, your group size can range from 1-14 people.

All pricing is per person.

What about bad weather?

Mitigating avalanche risk is paramount for any excursion in the backcountry — that’s why it’s best to tour with a guide! Rest assured, your guide will set objectives that are attainable for the weather conditions on that particular day. Of course, inclement weather can always get in the way of backcountry skiing, but your guide will know the best course of action to take if the weather takes a turn. One advantage of the VMT lodge is that it’s location is well-protected from storms and the snowcat access is much more reliable than a helicopter. On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable, safe alternatives.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

To accommodate the uncertain nature of the present times, Valhalla Mountain Touring has added significant flexibility to their cancellation policy for the winter 2020/21 season. Their policy states:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have changed our “no refunds, no exceptions” cancellation policy significantly to offer flexibility to our guests during these challenging times. These policies apply to the Dec 2020 – April 2021 season only.

Payment schedule

    • Booking fee – 20% of total trip price – due at time of reservation
    • Sept 1 trip payment – 40% of total trip price
    • Dec 1 trip payment – 40% of total trip price

Cancellation received from Sept 1, 2020 to four weeks prior to trip start date
Guests needing to change/cancel a reservation for any reason can:

    • Move their reservation to next season (Dec 2021-April 2022) with no admin fee
    • Cancel their reservation and receive a refund minus the 20% booking fee
    • Transfer their reservation to a replacement guest with no admin fee (VMT must be provided with the new guest’s contact info)

Cancellation received less than four weeks prior to the trip
Guests needing to change/cancel a reservation for any reason can:

    • Move their reservation to next season (Dec 2021-April 2022) with no admin fee
    • Transfer their reservation to a replacement guest with no admin fee (VMT must be provided with the new guest’s contact info)

Trip cancellation initiated at any time by VMT because we are unable to operate the trip
Guests will have the following options:

    • Move their reservation to next season (Dec 2021-April 2022) with no admin fee
    • Cancel their reservation and receive a full refund minus a $200 per person admin fee.

If in the 14 days leading up to your trip start you have signs/symptoms or exposure to COVID, trip cancellation is mandatory.

Getting there and meeting location

The closest town to the Valhalla Mountain Touring lodge is New Denver, BC. To get there, most people fly into Calgary International Airport which is 6.5 hours away, or into Kelowna International Airport, which is just under 4 hours away. Renting a car from the airport is your best bet.

The snowcat staging area is in the small community of Hills, on Hwy 6 between New Denver and Nakusp, BC. To get to the staging area on Bonanza Rd in Hills, drive approximately 13 km north of New Denver or 30 km south of Nakusp on Hwy 6. Turn left (if coming from New Denver) or right (if coming from Nakusp) on Bonanza Rd and go 1 km to the bridge. This is where the snowcat will be waiting unless you receive other instructions prior to your ski trip.

To get to staging, allow 20 minutes from New Denver, 30 minutes from Nakusp, 2 hours from Nelson and 2.5 hours from Revelstoke. If you are traveling from Revelstoke, the Shelter Bay ferry is 45 minutes from Revelstoke, and leaves every hour, on the hour, 6am to 11pm.

Please arrive at the staging area at 10:30 am at the start of your trip.

Note: The highway between Calgary and Revelstoke frequently closes during winter storms, so keep in mind you might need some extra time and check here for current road conditions if this is your route.

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