Groups are allowed to book Icefall lodge without a guide. All group members of a self guided group should be comfortable making decisions regarding their safety backcountry skiing.
You can book a self guided week as a partial group or a full group booking the whole lodge. Only a group booking the full lodge can come self catered. All partial group must use the catered option. A full group is 17- 20. Full groups wishing to come self catered must provide all meals for the custodian.
Icefall Lodge has complex avalanche terrain, cliffs, high alpine and heavily glaciated terrain. It is recommended that all members of a self guided group be competent in avalanche safety, glacier travel and mountain conditions. All group members should all be able to assess safety for themselves. If the group is unsure of their ability or experience, it is recommended that they hire an ACMG Ski Guide or IFMGA Mountain Guide or go on one of the guided weeks.
For communication, Icefall has a radio repeater which covers most of the skiing area. There is also satellite internet. The custodian or cook will have a radio but it is also recommended that groups have additional radios. These can be rented from Icefall but this must be arranged in advance.
Icefall Lodge is a long helicopter flight in. It is more remote than most other backcountry lodges. You won’t see or hear anybody else during your stay; no helicopters, snowmobiles or roads. This remoteness also means that outside help is not readily available. All self guided groups coming to Icefall should be prepared for self rescue in the case of an accident.
Can accommodate 17-20 people
Helicopter transport to and from lodge from the helicopter staging area outside of Golden, BC
Remote wilderness setting far from the crowds
Access to over 20 peaks, 30 glaciers, and 100 runs
There is a weight limit of 40 pounds per person. This includes ski pack, personal gear, beverages or anything else that you may want to bring up. Skis are not included in this weight but you are limited to one pair of skis.
There will either be a cook or custodian at the lodge. They will probably want to come skiing with the group but won’t act as a guide or offer advice on where to ski.
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