A Week of Winter Touring

Highlights: All inclusive, guided, heli access, week-long experience of shredding B.C.’s most beautiful backcountry

Looking for an ultimate B.C. backcountry powder experience? Spend a week of winter touring in some of the best north-facing slopes in world-class terrain. Surrounded by stunning couloirs, natural pipes, broad faces, and powder-hoarding bowls. Let us cater to your every need. From the moment you step into the helicopter, our experienced guides will deliver a quintessential backcountry experience. Our seasoned cooks will ensure your taste buds equally satisfied. You focus on the pow and we’ll handle the rest. A week of winter touring with us is good for the soul!

Begin your day with an early morning cup of coffee and get ready to shred! The alpine terrain at Ice Creek Lodge is expansive and unique. The Devils Range alone is over 25 km East to West, with numerous pocket snowfields and small glaciers tucked into the high North facing cols. The towering granite spires of the Valhallas offer incredible climbing opportunities with a wide range of grades and levels of commitment required.

** Rates will be updated on January 1 each year and will be good for one-year term.

What's included with your tour

Your first night is on us at The Col Guesthouse in Slocan BC where we will meet you prior to heading out the next morning to the helicopter staging area in Burton BC.

Then 7 nights at Ice Creek Lodge and all our lodge amenities.  Build by mountain people for mountain people. Relax in our cozy custom lodge after a long day of shredding steep couloirs and powder bowls. Enjoy our wood-heated sauna and mountain style bucket shower before settling down to amazing backcountry cuisine, good tunes, lodge magazines, board games, or your book.

Four shared, private bedrooms, comfortably provide sleep for 2-4 people in each. The rustic style shower and wood-fired sauna house are a tranquil space to unwind. Three stall composting outhouses, each with the glorious views of the Valhallas, allow you to catch up on some reading in style.

 

 

  • This tour includes all backcountry style cuisine.
  • We are able to cater to any dietary restrictions and/or preferences (please note that some changes to our standard meal plan may be subject to a price increase)
  • We welcome you to bring your own alcohol. Please keep in mind your weight limits while you are planning your trip. Cans are lighter than bottles…. 😉
  • We do have a soda stream onsite.

 

This tour includes all helicopter transportation from our staging area in Burton, BC to Ice Creek Lodge, return flights included. Our scheduled flights are weekly and run every Friday.  We highly recommend giving yourself plenty of travel time leaving the staging site after your trip as mountain weather can be unpredictable.

 

 

At Ice Creek Lodge we strive to give you the best of the best. Our community at Ice Creek Lodge is composed of professionals who are not only hard working and knowledgable, but also simply RAD!  Your guides are all certified by the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides), are professional members of the CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association) and have attained WSBC level III OFA certification or better. All cooks are professional with Food Safe and basic first aid.

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What to bring

Touring 

  • Skis or snowboard with proper touring set-up
  • Comfortable boots
  • Skins with good glue cut to fit your skis
  • Shovel, beacon, probe in good condition
  • Day pack, avalanche airbag systems are optional
  • Headlamp
  • Spare batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Repair kit – individual and to suit group needs
  • Gloves and good sockes
  • Down jacket
  • Emergency tarp, small, compact, heat reflective
  • Personal first aid kit with blister repair
  • Helmet
  • Skis, snowboard crampons, ice axe if you have one

Layering

  • Thin gloves and good quality ski socks suggested
  • Base layer; thin Merino or equivalent top and bottom
  • Insulating layer for colder days, lightweight Merino recommended
  • Shell; waterproof, breathable top and bottom
  • Hat/toque, good gloves, goggles and sunglasses, spares for the group

Group Extras (optional)

  • Group VHF radios required Frequency below
  • Local chat, 158.940 simplex
  • Satellite phone or InReach
  • Compass and Topo map, Burton 82f13, download ICL KMZ file

Cabin Stuff

  • Down booties/slippers or cabin shoes
  • Casual clothes
  • Towel
  • Wet wipes
  • Entertainment/board games – we provide a small selection
  • Selection of music – we have an auxiliary cable to our bluetooth stereo
  • We have a selection of guitars, a hand drum and a ukulele

Our guides

Our guides are all certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, are professional members of the Canadian Avalanche Association, and are WSBC level III OFA certified.

Planning a winter trip

Preparing for a winter tour at Ice Creek Lodge.

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I have been doing hit trips in BC for 14 years and Ice Creek Lodge takes the cake. The best ‘Home Zone” skiing I have seen and with the park only one saddle away the touring is mind-blowing. Russell and Courtney are top-notch and keep the lodge humming like a well-oiled machine.

Shenan Rodman | MT