Visiting a backcountry lodge is an experience that every skier or snowboarder should experience at least once. On your first visit (of hopefully) there is a lot of info to know, that can often be hard to find online. So to help you out we’ve put together our best 5 tips to ensure your first visit is as amazing as you always imagined.
1. Book Early
Backcountry lodge spaces are typically booked six months to a year or two in advance of the planned visit. Once you know when you want to visit book your vacation and reserve your spot.
When booking at the Mallard Mountain Lodge there is just a small deposit fee and the remainder can be paid later before arrival.
2. Pack Carefully
When travelling by helicopter space and weight is at a premium, so you’ll want to make sure you’ve packed the essentials without overpacking. Our lodge is located a full 30-minute helicopter ride from the nearest town, so if you forget something you can’t just walk to the store to get one.
For more info on what to pack check out these blogs:
- BACKCOUNTRY GEAR 101 FOR SKIING & SNOWBOARDING, PART 1: SOFT GOODS
- BACKCOUNTRY GEAR 101 FOR SKIING & SNOWBOARDING, PART 2: HARD GOODS
- 22 ESSENTIALS TO PACK ON ANY BACKCOUNTRY SKIING & SNOWBOARDING TRIP
3. Get Fit
While it’s not essential, you will have a lot more fun at the lodge if you’re fit. Our lodge is surrounded by privately used mountains, so the amount of fresh turns you’ll get is only limited by how many times you head back up for more.
4. Bring a camera
From the 30-minute ride in, to standing on top of a mountain with snowy peaks in all directions, you’re going to want to capture your experience in photos. A GoPro can be a great option because of its waterproof housing, and wide-angle lens. Don’t forget to double check that it is actually recording before you drop in for a run. I’ve seen more than one person get to the bottom of a run of a lifetime only to realize they didn’t catch it on tape.
5. Let Yourself Disconnect.
In our day to day lives we’ve gotten used to constantly checking our phones or computers for notifications and updates. Instead of feeling closer, technology can sometimes make us feel isolated from others. At the lodge you can put the phone away and enjoy real quality time with those you love. You’ll laugh, joke and really catch up. Don’t worry about being completely out of the loop. We do have Wi-Fi at the lodge, so you can still answer urgent work emails.