Icefall Lodge was built as a skier’s dream. Larry Dolecki’s dream to be exact. After years of guiding around British Columbia, the Alps, the Himalayas and the world, Larry Dolecki began trying to bring together the best aspects of the many different places he has guided. After years of searching, he found Icefall.
In 2005 and Icefall Lodge was created on more a tenure of 50,000 acres of spectacular terrain. According to Larry “We more or less just built a hut and worried about the business side afterward. We figured the worst case scenario was that we had a ski hut in a cool location even if it didn’t make money.” The focus on skiing first, business second has continued and Larry continues to guide many of the groups at Icefall personally.
However, terrain like Icefall’s draws skiers and the business has done well. Since then, Larry has built two more huts: the Mons Hut and the Lyell Hut allowing hut to hut traverses. In addition, he expanded the initial base lodge to include two lodges as well as a sauna. Finally in 2015, he built a new lodge – Snowfall – on a new tenure near Rogers Pass.
All guided trips are led by certified ski or mountain guides. The certification is through the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association IFMGA, or the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides ACMG. This is the highest level of guiding available. A guide will help you get the most out of your ski week. The complex nature of the terrain makes the local knowledge all the more important.
Larry Dolecki is the owner and head guide at Icefall Lodge. He is a fully certified mountain guide (IFMGA/ UIAGM and ACMG) and has travelled to ski and climb in many of the great mountain ranges in the world.
Larry grew up in Calgary and spent much of his youth climbing and skiing in the mountains around Banff. After completing a degree in Economics at Queens University, he returned to the mountains to pursue his passion. He regularly leads ski trips to the Alps, guiding hut to hut classics such as the Haute Route, Berner Oberland, or Ortler Traverse. Other far away destinations include the Himalayas, New Zealand and Peru. Despite 15 years of heliskiing, Larry has avoided the “helibelly” by guiding trips at many of the backcountry lodges in British Columbia, including Selkirk Lodge, Battle Abbey, Golden Alpine Holidays and Fairy Meadows. Icefall Lodge has offered Larry the opportunity to bring together the best aspects of the many different places he has guided. Let Larry show you around his backyard.
Pierre is a Mountain Guide certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA/UIAGM). He has been with Icefall Lodge since its first year of operation. His winters are split between heliskiing near Revelstoke and ski touring at Icefall. In springtime Pierre guides ski mountaineering and ski traverse trips in the Columbia Mountains of BC as well as the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. His summers are busy with alpine climbing and rock climbing trips in the Coast Ranges of BC, as well as occasional guiding in the Canadian Rockies and the European Alps. Pierre is a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA), is a Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) Telemark Level 1 instructor, has a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia and is fluent in French and Czech. He is currently based out of Vancouver, BC, where he lives with his wife aboard their 35’ sailboat.
Originally from the Basque Country (Spain), I grew up surrounded by the mountains where I spent most of my free time climbing, hiking, running and skiing. After completed a degree in electronic engineer in 2007 I came to Canada to travel, ice-climb and ski. Once I discovered the mountains and the powder skiing around here I was ready to change my career and to become a ski guide. Currently, I’m an ACMG apprentice ski guide based on Revelstoke where I also work as a heli-ski guide. In summer, I work as a heli-hiking and hiking guide around Revelstoke and the Rockies as well as ski guiding in Argentina and Chile. Ski touring is one of my passions and Icefall lodge is an incredible playground for that. I’m fluent in French, Basque and Spanish. I’m looking forward to sharing powder turn at Icefall with you !
Shannon was born in Banff and started skiing at age 2 years on the slopes of Lake Louise Mountain Resort. Her desire to be in the mountains drove her to embrace the lifestyle and make a career out of the things she loved doing. After finishing the Adventure Tourism Program through the College Of The Rockies, Shannon became a Pro Ski Patroller and worked for Lake Louise for about 5 seasons before moving out to Revelstoke Mountain Resort in 2007 to work and help initiate a Ski Patrol program for the brand new resort. She has lived in Revelstoke now for 8 years and works as an ACMG apprentice ski guide for Icefall Lodge and CMH, she also works as a Public Avalanche Forecaster for Avalanche Canada and in the off season coordinates Youth Programs within BC’s mountain communities.
Emelie was born and raised in Sweden and came to Canada in 2004 to experience powder skiing in the mountains of BC. She was immediately hooked and immersed in the Canadian mountain culture. After graduating from Thompson Rivers University with an Adventure Guide Diploma, and a Bachelor of Tourist Management she moved to Revelstoke, BC to pursue a career as a guide. Since then she has completed the ACMG Ski Guide certification and spend her winters heliskiing, catskiing and ski touring. In the summertime Emelie works as a hiking guide and travels extensively to Sweden, the Alps and other great ranges of the world to pursue her big passions; skiing and climbing. She completed at the first traverse of the Fedchenko Glacier in Tajikistan. She also led a mountaineering trip in Afghanistan for Afghan women. Emelie has been with Icefall since 2008 and is looking forward being back sharing the amazing ski experience at Icefall with everyone.
Geoff Osler grew up in Calgary where he was exposed to the mountains and skiing from day one. Geoff has ski toured extensively in Alberta, B.C. and the Yukon as well as trips to the European Alps. He currently resides not far from home in Banff. After many winters of work in the avalanche control department at Lake Louise, he now spends his winters cat skiing or ski touring. Geoff is a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide. He has been with Icefall Lodge since it’s start and helped with the initial construction of the Lodge.
Corin lives in Fernie BC with his family, and has been involved in guiding and caretaking at Icefall Lodge for three years. His career began as a ski instructor in Colorado where the Rockies inspired his goal of becoming a ski guide. He has since worked on ski patrol at Fernie Alpine Resort, and has been focused on seeking out new and challenging terrain to explore throughout the mountains of Western Canada. Corin is an ACMG Ski Guide, and enjoys sharing his passion for backcountry skiing with others. In the summer, Corin spends his time raft guiding on rivers around Fernie, and doing environmental work. He is also an avid climber, having ascended peaks in the Rockies and Sierra Mountains. Corin is fluent in both French and German.
Florian is first-generation Canadian, his parents immigrated to Calgary from Switzerland, bringing with them a deep tradition of mountain culture and a strong penchant for cheese. Florian grew up speaking Swiss German, eating fondue, and ski touring in the Rockies from a young age. His path strayed a bit, taking him through an architecture degree and an office job in the city, but he is back living in the mountains pursuing the dream of summits and snow. Florian is certified as an ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide.
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