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Looking to go off the grid and escape the daily grind? If you’re a skier, heading to a backcountry lodge in British Columbia might be the best thing you could do. And it certainly doesn’t hurt if it happens to be the luxurious Purcell Mountain Lodge, accessed by helicopter and renowned for its world-class champagne powder! This all-inclusive ski touring adventure will knock your socks off. Expect gourmet meals prepared by a chef, customizable daily ski tours with an ACMG guide, and let’s not forget about all the comfort the lodge provides, including a relaxing sauna… It doesn’t get better than waking up to the views of the Canadian Rockies, enjoying some of the best ski terrain and powder in the world, and all of that while living that backcountry high life. Sounds like your kind of getaway? Let’s make it happen!

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  • All-inclusive experience

    Including helicopter transfers, some of the best ski terrain in Canada, and endless champagne powder!

  • All skill levels welcome

    Your daily ski tours can be customized for backcountry beginners and pros alike.

  • Dash of luxury

    Going backcountry doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort with gourmet meals, wood-burning sauna, and elegantly furnished spacious living spaces

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Heli-Accessed Long Weekend Ski Touring Getaway at Purcell Mountain Lodge

Join us at the Purcell Mountain Lodge in British Columbia for a thrilling 4-day heli-accessed ski touring adventure!Indulge in gourmet meals by a skilled chef, guided ski tours led by ACMG guides, and relax in the lodge's cozy sauna. Enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains and some of the world's best ski terrain and powder. Your journey includes luxury accommodation, helicopter transfers to and from Golden, and unforgettable experiences in the backcountry. Get ready for the ultimate long weekend ski getaway!

  • Arrive at Purcell Mountain Lodge by helicopter in the morning. Coffee, tea and continental breakfast will be ready for you to enjoy. The staff will be managing the helicopter transfers while you settle in. After all the flights arrive, the guides will have a brief meeting to discuss the plans for the day, then everyone will come together for a warm welcome & introduction. Very shortly after you will be off on your first day’s ski adventure. The first day’s lunch will be pre-packaged before you arrive: gourmet sandwiches, soups and stews. Take your pick from a selection of in-house baked goods, vegetables, fruits and lots of pocket snacks. After an ACMG guided ski tour with gourmet lunch (4-6 hours), it’s time for an après-ski appetizer service, happy hour, and a chef-prepared three-course dinner. Enjoy personal time in the evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Purcell Mountain Lodge

    Purcell Mountain Lodge seen from above during sunset, with surrounding mountains in the distance.
  • Coffee is ready by 7:00 a.m. Help yourself to exercise mats found upstairs in the library and do some stretching or yoga. Hot gourmet breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. At breakfast time guides will talk about a few guided options for the day. Choices range from gentle to more challenging runs. Your day can be as leisurely or as challenging as you wish. We’ll usually head out and begin the ski tour around 10:00 a.m. Afterward, happy hour begins when you get back to the lodge—after 5-7 hours of ski touring. There’s a variety of craft beers, wines and liquors available from our self-serve cash bar. Appetizers are served shortly upon arrival. Before dinner, guests will have a chance to shower, take a sauna, nap, read, play games or relax. Three-course dinner is served at 7:00 p.m.. We love food as much as we love skiing and our amazing chefs’ have the freedom to create mountain inspired cuisine. The meals are all freshly made and will help everyone refuel for their next day’s adventure. Dinners are paired with B.C. speciality wines

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Purcell Mountain Lodge

    A backcountry skier doing a turn in British Columbia.
  • We’ll leave our rooms no later than 7:45 a.m. on departure day. After breakfast and tallying our bar tabs, it’s time to fly back to Golden, around 9:30 a.m. All departure flights are completed no later than 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. (weather depending). Say goodbye to your guide, fellow skiers and to Golden—or continue touring on your own!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Ski tracks across the mountain face, near Purcell Mountain Lodge near golden, BC.
Heli-Accessed Weekday Ski Touring Getaway at Purcell Mountain Lodge

Long weekend isn't enough for you? We totally get it—you can go on this weekday ski touring getaway from Monday to Friday that is the same as the previous one but one full day longer! Accessible by helicopter, Purcell Mountain Lodge is renowned for its world-class champagne powder, gourmet meals, personalized ski tours, and cozy lodge comforts, including a sauna. Join us for an unforgettable weekday escape at the Purcell Mountain Lodge!

  • Arrive at Purcell Mountain Lodge by helicopter in the morning. Coffee, tea and continental breakfast will be ready for you to enjoy. The staff will be managing the helicopter transfers while you settle in. After all the flights arrive, the guides will have a brief meeting to discuss the plans for the day, then everyone will come together for a warm welcome & introduction. Very shortly after you will be off on your first day’s ski adventure. The first day’s lunch will be pre-packaged before you arrive: gourmet sandwiches, soups and stews. Take your pick from a selection of in-house baked goods, vegetables, fruits and lots of pocket snacks. After an ACMG guided ski tour with gourmet lunch (4-6 hours), it’s time for an après-ski appetizer service, happy hour, and a chef-prepared three-course dinner. Enjoy personal time in the evening.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Purcell Mountain Lodge

    Purcell Mountain Lodge seen from above during sunset, with surrounding mountains in the distance.
  • Coffee is ready by 7:00 a.m. Help yourself to exercise mats found upstairs in the library and do some stretching or yoga. Hot gourmet breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. At breakfast time guides will talk about a few guided options for the day. Choices range from gentle to more challenging runs. Your day can be as leisurely or as challenging as you wish. We’ll usually head out and begin the ski tour around 10:00 a.m. Afterward, happy hour begins when you get back to the lodge—after 5-7 hours of ski touring. There’s a variety of craft beers, wines and liquors available from our self-serve cash bar. Appetizers are served shortly upon arrival. Before dinner, guests will have a chance to shower, take a sauna, nap, read, play games or relax. Three-course dinner is served at 7:00 p.m.. We love food as much as we love skiing and our amazing chefs’ have the freedom to create mountain inspired cuisine. The meals are all freshly made and will help everyone refuel for their next day’s adventure. Dinners are paired with B.C. speciality wines

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Purcell Mountain Lodge

    A backcountry skier doing a turn in British Columbia.
  • We’ll leave our rooms no later than 7:45 a.m. on departure day. After breakfast and tallying our bar tabs, it’s time to fly back to Golden, around 9:30 a.m. All departure flights are completed no later than 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. (weather depending). Say goodbye to your guide, fellow skiers and to Golden—or continue touring on your own!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Ski tracks across the mountain face, near Purcell Mountain Lodge near golden, BC.
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Purcell Mountain Lodge
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Purcell Mountain Lodge
Off the grid and accessible by helicopter, Purcell Mountain Lodge is perched at 2,200 meters (7200') in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It provides doorstep outdoor adventure for winter and summer. Ski touring and snowshoeing in the winter and breathtaking hikes in the summer, all with daily guided tours with ACMG guides, gourmet chef, host, luxury accommodations and lodge amenities including a wood burning sauna. Escape the city life and retreat to Purcell Lodge for a magical unforgettable experience!

Accommodation

5.00 (7 reviews)
Don't Underestimate skiing at Purcell Lodge!!!!
debbie m (February 2024, source: Tripadvisor)

For an older person who has skied at many of the backcountry lodges in complex terrain in BC, Purcell Lodge is a fabulous step down. It offers rolling terrain for mellow days where you can ski alone (with a radio to keep you safe) and absorb the views across to the Selkirks, great tree skiing, and terrain that will satisfy your needs of steep and deep when you feel more energetic. There is an added bonus offered at no other lodge I know, of a heli-bump to a nearby peak to access the beautiful powder bowls. The Lodge itself is deluxe and rivals any new Lodge. Treat yourself and you won’t regret it.

Fabulous skiing with magnificent views
Anandhi B (February 2024, source: Tripadvisor)

Fabulous lodge and wonderful staff. Skiing amongst majestic mountains, and weather was perfect. Chef Yousef cooked awesome meals and the guide Al was incredibly knowledgeable. Overall the staff and the rest of the folks who skied that week were really good as well. Overall well worth the trip and going back again next year!

The best Lodge and Touring!
pcrave (February 2024, source: Tripadvisor)

Fantastic experience, great hosts and guides. Wonderful food! Food was a highlight! Weather cooperated and we had four days of perfect conditions! Heli bump! The best lodge and touring experience ever!

Memorable ski touring experience with Purcell Mountain Lodge
Fangkai Y (December 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

We just finished a five night six day ski touring trip based with the famed Purcell mountain lodge. We experienced stunning mountain vista, deepest and steepest ski runs in the legendary Purcell mountain Champagne powder, including summitting Copperstain mountain, led by ACMG certified mountain guide Brent, and ended our days by hot shower, sauna and indulging in the exquisite 3 course dinners prepared by chef Andrey. Our lodge host Christophe made sure the activities were seamlessly connected and as smooth as possible. Everyday is filled with fun, challenge, achievements and laughter.

It doesn’t get any better?
Erik (March 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

Our stay at PML was nothing short of spectacular. This was our second stay, and it was equally as amazing as our first. The food was great. The conditions were amazing. The company was superb. From start to finish we loved every second of the stay. While internet was offered, my wife and I really enjoyed disconnecting, and would highly recommend that other people do the same. Extended time away from internet is so rare these days, and in this screen obsessed day and age, it was really nice to sever the tech umbilical chord and just exist in the splendor that is PML and it’s surrounding space. So many thanks to our amazing guides and the wonderful staff at PML, it is obvious that they all care so much, and work so exceptionally hard to create an amazing experience.

A MUST experience to do at least once in your life!!!
shanapoirier (April 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

We just loved our stay at Purcell!!! Ski was amazing, great mellow terrain with also bowls full of powder. Also, the food was delicious every single meals!! Our guide Simon was also a big part of our experience being the best one!

Exceptional place and skiing, a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list item for me
JF (April 2023, source: Tripadvisor)

This is truly a five star experience and a very well run operation. Staff are professional and very helpful. Jackie was great to interact with throughout the whole booking process and answered all of my questions. Food is exceptional and actually incredible for a place as remote as this. The chef went beyond just avoiding certain foods for my complicated diet and prepared exceptionally delicious and healthy meals. The ski guide (Al) also went above and beyond and carefully selected terrain and planned our days based on our profile, fitness level, and risk tolerance. The scenery is fantastic, and there is a wide variety of terrain in the area. From nice and easy meadows around the hut to steeper terrain within reasonable ski touring distance. This was my first time backcountry skiing at a lodge. Being used to lower budget hut-based ski trips with only basic amenities if any, having a shower, electricity, and fully catered experience with no dishes to take care of, made this a very special experience. Heck, just the flight in was worth the trip. Would love to go back in the summer one day!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced backcountry guide with extensive experience of skiing in the area
      • A 4-day or a 5-day heli-accessed and lodge-based ski touring adventure starting in Golden (depending on the itinerary)
      • Accommodation in the luxury Purcell Mountain Lodge (based on double occupancy) for 3 or 4 nights (depending on the itinerary)
      • Helicopter transfer to and from Golden, BC
      • All meals prepared by a classically trained chef

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Golden
      • Accommodation in Golden before and after the adventure — if applicable
      • Personal ski touring and avalanche safety equipment
      • Alcoholic beverages (cash bar will be available)
      • Guide & staff gratuities — 15-20% is customary, split equally between guides and staff
      • Travel and medical/rescue insurance — highly recommended
  • The best thing about heli-accessed ski touring from the Purcell Mountain Lodge is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. That said, you need to have a very good level of fitness and you need to be an experienced resort skier. Previous backcountry skiing experience is preferable, but it is not mandatory. At breakfast time guides will talk about a few guided options for the day. Choices range from gentle to more challenging runs. Your day can be as leisurely or challenging as you wish. Guided guests wanting to explore the terrain on their own must discuss with the lead guide. Additionally, all participants will participate in an avalanche safety orientation before heading out on their first tour. If you are a beginner in the backcountry, your guide will teach you some basic skills which are sufficient for easier runs. You’ll be able to discuss your plans and preferences/abilities with your guide prior to the start of the tour.

  • For technical backcountry ski and safety equipment, you will need to bring:

      • Touring skis or splitboards or snowshoes
      • Climbing skins
      • Touring boots and poles
      • Helmet
      • Ski and boot crampons
      • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
        • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
        • Lightweight snow shovel and avalanche probe

    For the Purcell Mountain Lodge, you will need to bring:

      • Comfortable clothing for lounging around the lodge (2 or more changes)
      • Bath, sauna, face and hand towel for personal use
      • Blanket or a lightweight sleeping bag
      • Slippers
      • Bathing suit
      • Headlamp with extra batteries
      • Toiletries

    For personal items, we recommend bringing:

      • 30-35L ski pack
      • 50L duffel
      • Sunglasses and ski goggles
      • Sun and lip cream
      • Face mask
      • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
      • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
      • Down jacket or vest
      • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
      • Mid-insulation fleece of puffy jacket
      • Warm outer puffy jacket
      • Toque (wool or synthetic)
      • Brimmed cap
      • Face warmer (scarf, neck tube, face mask, buff, etc.)
      • Light gloves and insulated gloves or mitts
      • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
      • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
      • Water bottle and 2L of water
      • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
      • First aid kit
      • Camera — optional

    Please keep in mind that helicopters have a very limited capacity. For your safety, we must limit your personal soft shell luggage to a maximum of 35 lbs (13.5 kg). Additional cargo space is for gear, transportation of food and lodge supplies. No hard shell and no wheel baggage permitted!

  • You can rent avalanche safety gear from your guide during the booking process. When it comes to ski touring equipment, you can easily avoid bringing your own by renting it in Calgary or olden. We recommend University of Calgary Outdoor Center if renting in Calgary and Higher Ground Mountain Sport if renting in Golden. Make sure to double check everything is working properly prior to leaving the rental location.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For these group adventures, the minimum client-to-guide ratio is 4:1, while the maximum ratio is 6:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 8 people for the weekend tour to operate and 12 people for the weekday tour to operate.
      • The maximum number of participants for both tours is 16.

    Heli-accessed ski touring from the Purcell Mountain Lodge in British Columbia can be arranged for private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

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

  • To get to the town of Golden, which is the starting point of your adventure, most people fly into Calgary International Airport. From there, it’s a three-hour drive to the town of Golden.

    The meeting point is the Alpine Helicopters Base (204 Fisher Road Golden, B.C. V0A 1H0), where you are expected to arrive around 8am for a helicopter flight to your lodge. Our Stager & Expediter will greet you at the hangar on departure day. Arriving on time allows for time to weigh baggage, read and fill out and sign the release of liability waiver, and receive a helicopter safety talk.

    We recommend arriving in Golden a day prior to the tour to ensure you start the adventure fully rested and prepared!

  • We highly recommend 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. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

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

  • Full tour price to secure your place is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to ninety (90) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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