Winter

Ski & Snowboard Touring in the BC Backcountry


In winter at Mallard Mountain Lodge we offer backcountry ski and snowboard touring. Explore the deep powder of the remote peaks and valleys surrounding Mallard Mountain Lodge. There is a huge variety of terrain from incredible tree skiing up to high alpine, steep to gentle, long to short, fall line to varied,  and aspects in all directions. In addition to ski & snowboard touring there are many things to appreciate in winter, offering a variety of snowshoeing, photography, warming up by the fire, and taking in the awe-inspiring views. If you’re new to skiing backcountry, be sure to check out our AT-101 Course.

Winter Season Dates


​​​Winter 2018: Dec 28, 2017 – May 6, 2018
Winter 2019: Dec 30, 2018 – May 5, 2019

Snow

Although weather & snow quality can never be guaranteed, one of the important reasons we chose this area was its snow. First, we are located northerly, which gives us cooler temperatures. Second, we are uniquely located at the convergence of warm & moist Pacific air moving easterly towards us & cold air masses that hover over the iconic Columbia Icefields glaciers array that is just to the south of us, and this convergence creates the snow we all desire. Given those unique characteristics, in prior years when other Lodge locations have been impacted by El Niño, we have had great skiing all season.

Ability Level

In general, guests should be intermediate to strong skiers or snowboarders. Guests booking the entire lodge as a group can be of any ability.

  • Snowboarders usually move around better and expend less energy if they use split boards (rather than snowshoes & one piece boards). CAC welcomes both systems. All snowboarders must carry collapsible poles in their packs to assist in crossing gentle terrain.
  • All snowboarders must be sufficiently fit to handle the extra effort (as compared to skiing) that often accompanies backcountry snowboarding.
  • Groups reserving the entire Lodge capacity may be of any ability level, provided they have discussed this with CAC at the time of reservation.
  • Your winter equipment and clothing should be in good condition and suitable for powder snow in the backcountry and varied weather conditions.

Terrain
There is a huge variety of terrain from incredible tree skiing up to high alpine, steep to gentle, long to short, fall line to varied, and aspects in all directions. We ski and snowboard in an elevation range between 2,520 meters (8,391 ft) at the highest point and 1,640 meters (5,461 ft) at the lowest point – a total elevation range of 880 meters (2,930 ft). View Coordinates & Map.

 

Watch the video below to see some drone footage of the area:

 

Learn to Ski Backcountry

New to backcountry ski touring? We offer two, 7-day courses each year that have been developed specifically to introduce new skiers to the backcountry, to provide them with first-hand knowledge and experience, and to begin their transition into backcountry skiing in a safe and fun environment. All from the comfort of one of the best backcountry lodges in BC.

“These were the best ski days I’ve EVER had. We’ve been welcomed like family and felt like royalty – Thank you for an unforgettable experience!”

-ADAM, Vancouver, BC

Group Specials & Discounts


Groups of 6+ get exclusive use of the lodge
Book for 7+ nights with a group of 7+ & get a 10% discount (must reserve at the same time).
Custom packages available – learn more here.

Book Your Experience.


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