Blue River Backcountry SkiingCome experience the heart and soul of powder skiing/boarding in the deep snow- belt of the Cariboo Mountains near Blue River. Snowy Mountain Lodge is situated on the eastern boundary of Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC’s fourth largest wilderness park.

Skiers and boarders are provided with a tailored backcountry skiing vacation as we aim to cater to each groups’ ability and objectives. Summit ascents, steep descents, powder laps and long range touring days can be accommodated to suit the skills and interests of experienced riders.

Skiing and riding here is about deep powder, steep open lines and authentic mountain accommodation. That is our only hype~

TERRAIN AND SNOW

Situated in the deep powder snow belt of the Cariboo Mountains the most significant and un-comparable feature of this terrain is the long, steep, naturally gladed tree skiing surrounding the lodge. Huge pillow lines, hucks and ramps provide expert and intermediate skiers alike with options to experience the powder skiing of their dreams. With an average tree line snowpack height of 4-5 meters this area 23.0 km west of Blue River, BC is one of North Americas best new backcountry skiing venues.

Some info about the area:

  • Tenure area encompasses more than 10 000 ha
  • Tree line to valley runs average 550m and summit descents
    averaging 1100m
  • Glades, chutes, technical alpine summits and descents, glacier
  • Ideal terrain for snowboarding due to steep consistent fall
    line runs
  • Incredible ancient forest powder skiing
  • Direct day access to the Wavy Range of Wells Gray Park
  • Several sub-drainages with many un-skied lines waiting
  • Very deep and consistently dry powder
  • Ski mountaineering and touring season into late May

 

EQUIPMENT

By being well prepared with equipment in good working condition your backcountry ski/boarding vacation will be more enjoyable.

Snowy Mountain recommends that all guests use modern* wide powder skis, lightweight alpine touring bindings and skins that provide full coverage.

Telemark skiers should have releasable bindings with a touring mode built in.

Currently we are testing the new Telemark Tech System bindings – they are light, simple and offer full uphill movement range.

Snowboarders are highly recommended to have a split-board and collapsible poles. The most important measure is to make sure you test your gear prior to arrival.

*Our guides are using rockered powder skis that are a minimum105mm at the waist. We have been skiing on Prior Husume XTC skis. (www.priorsnow.com)

ACMG/IFMGA GUIDES

Guides that bring a minimum group size of six guests receive their spot for the week free of charge. In order to receive this discount guides must act on behalf of the group, coordinate the group and submit payment for the group.