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Powder Creek Lodge: Nelson, B.C.

SNOWED IN: bedtime at Powder Creek Lodge, in British Columbia     Photo: David R. Gluns/Powder Creek Lodge

3. POWDER CREEK LODGE :: NELSON, B.C.
BUILT IN 1998, this two-and-a-half-story wood-frame lodge might as well be a speck of bark, dwarfed as it is among the rocky 8,000-foot peaks and snow-blanketed slopes of southeastern British Columbia's Purcell Mountains. Yet it's precisely the faraway locale that lures powderhounds to this heli-accessed hideaway and its bliss-inducing environs.
Room & Board: The abundance of windows in this cozy, six-bedroom lodge not only lets in the boreal light but reveals naked guests sprinting between the toasty wood-fired sauna and refreshing snow drifts. Come in out of the cold, hang your sopping-wet gear on the drying rack, and catch the alpenglow glinting off Mount Baldr's icy north face as you sip miso soup and snack on fresh salmon sushi rolls.
Out the Back Door: In this corner of the world, skinning thousands of vertical feet in a day is a rite of passage. Climb and carve nearby Breakfast Runs, a 500-foot gladed drop, or the 2,000-foot descent into remote Camel Creek, and catch views of the serrated Leaning Towers of the Purcell Wilderness park.
Details: A week of guided skiing, with meals and a heli lift in from Kaslo, near Nelson, costs $1,572; a self-guided, self-catered stay is $940; 250-226-7186, www.netidea.com/powder

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