Never Cross a Track

Helicopter in to a British Columbia backcountry ski lodge

Backcountry skiing

Picture yourself here     Photo: Aaron Cooperman

Ski fresh tracks every turn for a week from a mountain lodge where the only man-made structure in sight is the sauna. At one of British Columbia’s 32 backcountry ski lodges, you don’t have to pay helicopter skiing prices for untracked snow, but you will load into a chopper twice—on the way in, and then a week later, on the flight out. In between, you earn your turns. Every blessed one of them. A lot of the lodges are a bit rustic (read: outhouses), but for less than you’d spend on a weekend of heli skiing—$1200 per person—you can rent out Sol Mountain Touring’s 10-bedroom McMansion of a lodge for a week with 13 friends. Sol Mountain is located 60 miles south of Revelstoke in the Monashee range. Each day, you’ll step outside the front door, click into your touring skis, switch on your avalanche beacon and start skinning to the top of the shark’s tooth ridge above the lodge. Or ski first and skin later on the 1200-foot run through the old growth stand below the lodge. Don’t worry about repeating a run—you can’t possibly ski out the 47-square miles of terrain. For another grand apiece, they’ll break trail and have après snacks, cocktails, and dinner waiting for you as you schush up to the lodge each day at dusk.

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