Backcountry Skiing & Snowboard Touring
in pristine BC Wilderness Deep in the Canadian Rockies
Set in 18,885 acres of Canada’s most iconic mountains, the Mallard Mountain Lodge is BC’s most private and remote backcountry skiing and snowboard touring destination. With no road in or out, guests are collected by helicopter at Valemount, BC and flown 77kms deep into the BC Canadian Rockies near the border of Alberta and Jasper National Park. Once you’re here the helicopter leaves and it’s just you, the mountains and your skis or snowboard. If you can see it, you can ski it… and probably even name it, too. Yep, you heard that right. We have so much untouched terrain that you can ski or ride a first descent (or two) and with a max of 8 people per trip, you never have to worry about someone poaching your line.
Unique backcountry skiing in Canada
At Mallard Mountain Lodge, you have access to 5 sprawling valleys making it the perfect snowboard touring or ski touring experience for all abilities. Whether you’re a powder hunter, a first-timer, or seasoned backcountry explorer we’ve got you covered. From incredible tree skiing to high alpine lines, you can pick steep or gentle, long or short, fall-line or alpine meadows. If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry and want to learn under the guidance of a professional guide be sure to check out our AT-101 Course designed specifically for getting beginners out safely into the mountains.
Catering & guiding: design your perfect package
We love skiing and snowboarding in these mountains and nothing finishes off the day like returning to a roaring fire and a home-cooked meal. But who cooks is entirely up to you! We have both fully-catered or self-catered packages that you can team up with a fully-guided or self-guided option, or you can build a fully custom experience. We’ve designed the Mallard Mountain Lodge experience to be flexible and customisable for all kinds of small groups.
In addition to ski & snowboard touring there are many things to appreciate here in the winter. If you fancy a break from touring you can head out on snowshoes, capture some photography, sit and read a book up by the fire, or just take in the awe-inspiring views.
Winter Season Dates
Winter 2018: Dec 28, 2017 – May 6, 2018
Winter 2019: Dec 30, 2018 – May 5, 2019
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.
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.
Watch the video below to see some drone footage of the area:
Click the links below for a slideshow selection of misc pictures of guests and terrain.
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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