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 you get in this adventure:
What’s not included:
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.
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.
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 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 pricing:
If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
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.