Deep powder, comfortable lodge, local guide, cook, and gourmet meals; all you have to do is show up and ski. You will be sharing the lodge with a small group of friends in a remote wilderness setting. Having a guide will ensure that you get the best ski week possible. In addition, their familiarity with the area will allow you to comfortably travel to some of the farther corners of Icefall’s huge area.
To ski tour with a guide at Icefall Lodge, you must be an advanced skier. Previous backcountry experience is helpful, but everybody has a first time. You should be comfortable skiing black diamond runs at a ski hill, although if you can ski powder better than piste, this may not be a problem. Either telemark or randonee gear is fine. If you are on telemark equipment, you should have stiff boots and modern powder skis. If you are on randonee, the boots are stiff and it is still good to have modern powder skis. Your boots should be broken in and not giving you blisters. Snowboarders should be using a split board setup and should be experienced with their equipment.
✓ 7 nights comfortable lodging at Icefall Lodge
✓ IFMGA and ACMG certified local guides
✓ Remote wilderness setting far from the crowds
✓Access to all lodge amenities, including sauna
✓ Gourmet meals prepared by lodge chef
✓ Access to over 20 peaks, 30 glaciers, and 100 runs
✓ Access to two satellite huts – Mons Hut and Lyell Hut
✓ Helicopter transport to and from the lodge
✓ Potential to add helicopter drop-offs
There will normally be two guides and a practicum at the lodge for a full group. The group will be split up to go on different tours each day. These groups are not rigid, and you can switch back and forth between groups or choose an easier or bigger day depending on how you feel. Sometimes both groups will start out in the same direction and split up partway into the day. There is often one group that stays closer to the lodge, allowing you to return early if you want an easier day. Every effort will be made to make sure that you are with a group that matches your ability.
Icefall Lodge has not one but three satellite huts. These are situated on the Lyell and Mons Glaciers. They are both one-day travel from Icefall Lodge. The new Rostrum Cabin is at treeline in the valley west of the lodge. They exponentially increase the amount of terrain that can be accessed from Icefall Lodge. In good weather the Lyell and Mons Huts are good options. In snowy weather the Rostrum Cabin offers a different valley of tree skiing and can be reached in almost any conditions.