Backcountry Skiing at Valhalla Mountain Touring

Valhalla Mountain | British Columbia
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Top three reasons for backcountry skiing in Valhalla

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    A skiing sanctuary in the middle of an alpine backcountry paradise

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    Selkirks guarantee exhilarating days in a subalpine playground

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    The second your skis carve through the first layer of untouched powder, you won’t want to leave

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. 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, where you can find some of the best ski powder in the world. Some of the best areas for alpine runs are the Ruby Peak and Big Sister Mountain, north of the lodge. And when time comes to go back to the lodge, you will be welcomed with hot appetizers and a relaxing sauna — it doesn’t get any better than that! After a week of this unique experience ,you won’t wait long before coming back! Find out more about thrilling skiing in this Selkirks backcountry mountain lodge from Jasmin Caton, ACMG Ski Guide and owner of Valhalla Mountain Touring.

Season

December to mid-April

Nearest city

Nelson, BC is just over an hour away

Duration

3 to 7 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

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3-Day Backcountry Skiing With Valhalla Mountain Touring

3 days

Don’t have time for a full week in the lodge? This winter, VMT is offering the unique opportunity to book a half week of backcountry skiing. Experience three days and three nights of guided skiing accessed by snowcat in a pristine mountain lodge. Fully catered, your group will spend days skiing and nights relaxing with full amenities. Find out what makes Selkirks snow world-famous and get away from your everyday life in the B.C. backcountry.

Week-Long Backcountry Skiing With Valhalla Mountain Touring

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!

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Covid measures in Valhalla, 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. For more information on COVID-19 measures in BC, please refer to the official website of the Government of British Columbia.

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!

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 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 with 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 with a private guide and learn the fundamentals of backcountry skiing. Check out our backcountry ski tours in Whistler, Revelstoke, and Rogers Pass, BC.

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.

Group sizes and age requirements?

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. The cost does not change as your group size increases.

Age requirements:

    • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this 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.

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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