From the Backcountry

It’s been an epic winter in the backcountry and we’ve compiled a look at just how awesome it’s been so far, with this collection of images and info from some of our member lodges.

Potential for Mountain Biking

Purcell Mountain Lodge was recently featured in Mountain Flyer Magazine.

The History of Assiniboine

Assiniboine is a place of soaring glacier clad peaks, alpine meadows, powder snow, turquoise lakes and remote wilderness. For generations the area was the center of trade routes and often battles among indigenous peoples.

Whitebark — Save The Ents

Some trees just deserve respect. We all know them. They lodge themselves in our memories like markers of special times and places.

Happy Anniversary Whitecap

Whitecap Alpine is celebrating a diamond anniversary!

Below is snippet from their look back on 10 great years:

“2005 was the birth of Whitecap. Oh, we had run commercial trips since the lodge was built in 1972, but this was the first season we ran (or attempted) to run back to back trips the entire winter.

Hiking All Summer Long

The saying that a day in the mountains isn’t counted on your life’s timeline must be true because where did the time go?

Up at Valkyr Adventures, they have had some great hiking trips so far this summer, and they are not done yet.

Hard Work at Mt. Carlyle

Mount Carlyle Lodge has been doing a lot of work at this summer!

They’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on their remote campsites. Beautiful cedar tent platforms and outdoor-kitchen platforms, plus more trail building (over 15km so far this year). Whew! Just wait until you see what they have planned next!

Dezaiko Lodge Turns 30

Happy 30th birthday Dezaiko Lodge!

Check out their gallery of archival images as they go back in time to celebrate.

Climbing at Selkirk Lodge

Our friends at Selkirk Lodge have been doing some amazing climbing this summer.

First they climbed the amazing summit of Mt. Moloch via its South Face – East Ridge route last week. During the climb they observed a huge rock slide, more likely from June 2015, that covered the entire Moloch Glacier below the failed Mt. Moloch East Face. Start zone 2850 m. elev, lowest point of avalanche deposit 1900 m. elev, distance ran 2.6 km, width of avalanche deposit 650 m. (entire glacier).

“Godzilla” El Niño Forecasted For 2016 Ski Season

http://unofficialnetworks.com/

As a prominent El Niño trend continues to gain steam in the Pacific Ocean, climatologists at the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center claimed Thursday that every one of their computer models are predicting a El Niño to reach peak intensity during the late fall/early winter months. Read the complete article.

Spectacular Summer So Far

Summer 2015 has been spectacular so far at Canadian Adventure Company’s Mallard Mountain Lodge. The scenery has been dazzling for guests.

Member Lodges Featured

Two of our member lodges Boulder Hut Adventures & Golden Alpine Holidays (Meadow Lodge) have been featured in Unofficial Networks recent article on The Top 10 Backcountry Ski Huts in North America.

Check out the article and find out more on where they rank.

Summer at Mistaya Lodge

A few beautiful images of the recent summertime at Mistaya Lodge.

Summer at Assiniboine

Assiniboine Lodge on Facebook
~Aug. 10

Who wouldn’t want to snuggle up in this cabin after a day out hiking in these magnificent mountains? Check it out at Assiniboine Lodge!

Multi-Use Trail Now Open

Update to original post:

Trail Update — Monashee Provincial Park – New Alpine Singletrack

Deep in the Monashee Mountains, south of Revelstoke, BC sits one of the fastest growing alpine singletrack hotspots in North America.

Discover Summer Hiking

Discover summer hiking around Mistaya Lodge in the Rocky Mountains by Golden, BC.

My first real test with my Glidecam out backcountry hiking at Mistaya Lodge in the Rocky Mountains by Golden, BC. Shot on a Canon EOS 650D (Rebel T4i), with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 USM L-series lens, mounted on a Glidecam XR-1000.

Summer At Sorcerer Lodge

Summer is in full swing and the folks at Sorcerer Lodge are taking full advantage of the breathtakingly rugged Selkirk Mountains.

If you’re a strong mountaineer or hiker looking for a unique lodge-based adventure this is the place for you.

Watch Now: The Ghosts of K2

The history behind the mountaineer’s mountain.

A BBC documentary which explores the history of climbing K2, the mountaineers mountain, from the early days to the summit with historical footage photographs & re-enactments.

A Bit of Winter in July

Boulder Hut Adventures on Facebook
~July 29~

Check out this quick video teaser from the Bomb Snow TV episodes by Bridger Brigade Productions and start dreaming of your winter lines at Boulder Hut Adventures.

SUP Expeditions at Ice Creek

Ice Creek Lodge on Facebook
~July 25~

Ice Creek Lodge just completed their first annual ladies-only SUP expedition through Valhalla Provincial Park!

Laying Fresh Singletrack

Sol Mountain Lodge on Facebook
~July 23 ·
The crew is laying fresh singletrack – top of the Bunny Slope. It’s a fun place to ride bikes.

If You’re Lucky Enough

If you’re lucky enough to be in the mountains, you’re lucky enough. Even luckier if you’re at one of our 29 lodges!

How Walking in Nature Prevents Depression

How Walking in Nature Prevents Depression

A study finds that wild environments boost well-being by reducing obsessive, negative thoughts.

Have You Planned Your Trip?

Goliath the mountain goat is ready to welcome guests at Durrand Glacier – Selkirk Mountain Experience!

Have you planned your trip to one of our lodges?

Backcountry Wedding

Golden rules for destination weddings and Purcell Mountain Lodge offers year-round elopement packages to intimate private backcountry weekend weddings for up to thirty guests.

Summer Season is Upon Us

A new season is upon us at the BLBCA. Both in terms of the weather and our website.

The summer season is nearly here and our BLBCA lodges offering summer amenities are getting ready for another great year.

Social Licence in BC

Fred Bunnell, University of British Columbia 

“Crown land is unique to the Commonwealth and better represented in British Columbia than anywhere else in the Commonwealth (95% of the land base).

International Society for Mountain Medicine’s Winter Issue

“Remember the avalanche does not know you are an expert.”

Nepal Needs Our Help

“My name is Ian Eakins and I had the privilege to live in Nepal for 11 years from 1977-88 and I guided mountain and river trips there until 1993. 

Backcountry Love Affair

Backcountry love is featured in this video from the BLBCA.

A Backcountry Purist Experience at Mt Carlyle Lodge

Backcountry Lodges of BC’s ‘Backcountry Purist’ winner from 2012, Julie-Anne Davies, shares highlights of her visit to the Mount Carlyle Backcountry Lodge.

360 Degrees of Adventure

Take a tour with the BLBCA!

The powder is untracked, the views are magnificent, the company is excellent.

Gratitude For Powder

Dolores LaChapelle once said, “Joy is the response of a lover receiving what he loves. This is the joy we feel when skiing powder… This overflowing gratitude is what produces the absolutely stupid, silly grins that we always flash at one another at the bottom of a powder run.

Touring at Talus

This image is just in from the folks at Talus Lodge. Beautiful conditions persist!

Something for Everyone

At several of the lodges, gently rolling terrain lends itself to the mellower side of backcountry skiing– cross-country touring. Strap on a pair of cross-country skis and enjoy the same views, deep snow and quiet wilderness as the other skiers, without the climbs or descents.

Powder…It’s Here

Snow has arrived in BC and the backcountry lodges are loving it! Here are some inspiring images showcasing the skiing bounty that currently exists at the lodges. check it out and keep your powder skiing fire stoked! (photo: Garrett Grove)

Untracked Powder, No Crowds

“There’s something about returning to a rustic log cabin in the mountains after a day’s skiing that warms you right through. Perhaps it’s the wood stove or the scent of fresh baking, but I’ve never felt the same going back to a hotel.” –Globe and Mail –                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Read the full article 

 

Buckle Up! Time to Ride!

Yes, Snow is falling and quickly blanketing the myriad of peaks that stand as highlights in the backcountry of British Columbia. The Backcountry Lodges of BC are just opening their doors this season for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the bliss of untracked powder and the solace of backcountry lodge living. 

Play Safe

Now is the time to sharpen your avalanche safety skills! Before adventuring into the backcountry this winter it is essential to take the time to insure that your avalanche safety skills are honed and that your safety gear is high functioning. After all, your life depends on it.