We offer trips running Monday-Saturday (5 nights / 5.5 days), Saturday-Friday ( 6 nights / 5 days ) and then a weekend Friday-Monday ( 3 nights / 3 days ). Trips departing on Monday and Friday leave at 9am. Trips departing on Saturday leave at 1pm. Guided trips may be booked by a party of one, other trips must be booked by groups of 2 or more with private lodge reservations available for groups of 12-19.
Options for individual/small group guiding to guiding for the full lodge. We have a variety of guides with experience in the area to draw from. Just let us know more about your group and we can recommend options.
If you do not have strong experience in terrain evaluation or avalanche forecasting you should chose the guided option. Other reasons to choose a guided option include
– maximise the pleasure, minimize the stress with the guide making the decisions for the group speeds up the whole group enabling more skiing and less confusion.
– local knowledge on the terrain, stability, run selection and the variety of interesting loops, traverses, and terrain that you may not consider if you are self-guided.
Available for all trips and for groups from 1 to 20 people. Breakfast ( french toast, granola/yogurt/fruit, pancakes, porridge, etc coffee and OJ ), lunch ( make your own from our buffet ), dinner ( apps, soup, salad, main course – roast, fish, mexican, stew, etc and of course desert ). Always plenty to eat.
Courses, Non-Skiers and Snowshoe trips.
Interested in a lodge based avalanche courses or winter leadership courses. Let us know and we can put it together for your group or we may have other interested parties wanting a similar experience. I also have a network of trails in safe terrain surrounding the lodge that are perfect for snowshoe, or walk in the woods ski touring. A perfect time for snowshoeing or for non-skiers is late March and early April when the snow is a little firmer which makes walking easier.
Summer and Fall
Incredible ridge traverses and alpine hiking. In the Fall ( late September and October ) when the larch trees are turning gold and the first snows are touching the peaks we offer a series of workshops offering an introduction to a variety of experiences to appreciate our world including hiking, photography, yoga, music, chopping and stacking wood.
Film Crews, Special Parties or Corporate Retreats
We have experience working with a variety of specialized interest groups and can work with your group to cater to your requirements. Come here to host your bachelor party, re-unions, meetings and other special occasions summer or winter. Call for prices and more details.
Other Skiing Adventures
With over 25 years experience in the ski industry in the West Kootenay. I can offer a variety of specialized skiing adventures in the Kootenay region including snowmobile or helicopter access skiing adventures, helicopter or snowcat skiing, Let me know your hearts desire and it would be my pleasure to put it all together.
I started and operated Kootenay Experience outdoor retail store in Nelson for 10 years from 1996 to 2006 and started the Ymir Yurts backcountry skiing operation in 2004 ski touring groups in from Whitewater Ski Area for a remote low impact fully guided and catered trip. In 2005 expanded into Wildhorse Catskiing and continued to transport groups into the Ymir Yurts by snowcat until we expanded to the Ymir Lodge and closed down Wildhorse Catskiing to provide a more remote backcountry experience for the visitors at the Ymir Backcountry Ski Touring Lodge. I love this terrain and know every inch of this country by foot, snowcat and helicopter. I welcome you to enjoy it too.
I offer a variety of options in the summer including October Fall Work Party and Hiking trips at the Ymir Lodge.
Boating, Paragliding, Hiking and Mountain biking trips either guided or self-guided from my vehicle accessible cabins near the Slocan Lake at Glacier View in New Denver, BC.