The Self Guided Experience

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

ALL GROUP MEMBERS ARE OBLIGATED TO SIGN OUR WINTER WAIVER

This tour is designed for experienced self guided groups looking to explore Ice Creek Lodge’s complex terrain. Spend this self guided experience in some of the best north-facing slopes in world-class terrain. Surrounded by stunning couloirs, natural pipes, broad faces, and powder-hoarding bowls. The alpine terrain at Ice Creek Lodge is expansive and unique. Offering weeks during the shoulder season months of December and April.

Situated at 1850 meters, Ice Creek Lodge provides endless skiing terrain for an unforgettable self guided experience close to home.

Contact us for our shoulder season rates.

Groups are required to provide a backcountry skiing ‘resume’ prior booking.

** Rates will be updated in January each year and will be good for a one-year term. Price are subject to a 10% annual increase.

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 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 hosts have attained WSBC level III OFA certification or better. All cooks are professional with Food Safe and basic first aid.

Let us know if you want to upgrade!!

We offer incredible world-class catering services upon request. Our chefs can provide you with mouth-watering meals that power up the punch for your long days in the field.

Prices vary depending on group and meal plans. Contact us for prices

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What to bring

Group Equipment Required

  • 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

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 socks
  • 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

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.

Share online

This lodge is well situated with much of its terrain being on north facing slopes which is great for maintaining snow quality. We had a great week of backcountry skiing, in scenic mountainous terrain, with many long (thigh burning) descents on north facing slopes.

Fred Thiessen | Kamloops, BC