Going Backcountry

“What if I told you that Winter Wonderland is a real place? You know that scene from a snow globe, with big fat flakes falling peacefully, a giant lodge and happy humans frolicking in the snow? Start with that vision then add mountains of epic proportion, a steamy sauna and decadent dinners and you’re on your way to envisioning Journeyman Lodge – a powder paradise nestled in the Callaghan Valley just south of Whistler – yours for the shredding.”

The Whistler Insider – Going Backcountry at Callaghan Country’s Journeyman Lodge
Abby Cooper – Photos/Article

What if I told you that Winter Wonderland is a real place? You know that scene from a snow globe, with big fat flakes falling peacefully, a giant lodge and happy humans frolicking in the snow? Start with that vision then add mountains of epic proportion, a steamy sauna and decadent dinners and you’re on your way to envisioning Journeyman Lodge – a powder paradise nestled in the Callaghan Valley just south of Whistler – yours for the shredding.

Journeyman Lodge Life

We were lucky enough to head out to the lodge in December. As a group of backcountry skiers and boarders we opted to save our energy for the snow coated faces surrounding the lodge rather than making the 14 km trek to the remote chalet. Our snowcat whisked us and our gear up the groomed cross-country ski trails, occasionally passing a skier or person on snowshoes en route to the lodge themselves.

Abby Cooper Photo

With high hopes of an afternoon filled with pillow lines and face shots we arrived, and were full of awe at the sight of the luxurious lodge surrounded by glaciated peaks. Our curiosity at an all-time high, we absolutely had to see the interior before conquering our first ski objectives.

Two friendly lodge hosts welcomed us before we even made it to the front door. Fabien and Valérie escorted our bags inside and offered us warm drinks and fresh fruit. Our lunch bags were made and awaiting our arrival, so we stuffed them in our ski packs and followed Valérie for a tour of the premises. The dining room is lined with big windows, a fireplace, lanterns and a large table for all the guests to eat socially. Food is clearly taken seriously – a commercial kitchen in the backcountry is uncommon, but resident powder-slaying Red Seal Chef Joe has one to craft his culinary creations for hungry visitors.

 


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