Chrysalis Alpine

The mountain ranges of British Columbia are arguably the centre of the universe when it comes to backcountry skiing. Snowpack, vertical relief, complex and varied terrain and incredible beauty are just a few of the reasons we call this place home. I have had the opportunity to explore many of the backcountry lodges that this province has to offer; and although all have exceptional qualities, there are a few that I find myself visiting year after year:

Powder Creek Lodge is located in the Southern Purcell Mountains, just North of Nelson, BC. I have been guiding there since 2002. Powder Creek offers a magical combination of a cozy lodge setting with incredible food and scenery, fun and varied ski terrain and the very best sauna at 7,000 ft.

Selkirk Lodge is located in the Selkirk Mountains just East of Revelstoke, BC. The ski terrain there is untouchable. Spectacular scenery, expansive glaciers, big alpine ascents and 360 degrees of skiable terrain makes this place a Shangri-La for those passionate about ski touring.

Burnie Glacier Chalet is located in the Howson Mountains southwest of Smithers, BC. The Burnie can best be described as Selkirk Lodge's Northern sister. Again, this place offers spectacular scenery, expansive glaciers, big alpine ascents but with a Northern and Coastal twist. Tree-line is much lower at these latitudes which accounts for the Burnie's huge amount of skiable alpine terrain. The Howsons are also home to a Maritime snowpack which usually means gargantuan snowfall (powder) and longer periods of low avalanche hazard where it is possible to explore a myriad of alpine faces, classic loop tours and steep couloirs. And the tree skiing rocks.

British Columbia
There are so many places to explore. Even if you planned ski mountaineering trips year after year, always in a different location, you would find you had yet to scratch the surface. Lodge based, hut based, town based, helicopter accessed, boat accessed - the options are truly endless, the powder untouchedů