Icefall Lodge BC Ski Week

Jan 14-21, 2023 
Jan 22-29, 2023 
Icefall Lodge was built as a skier’s dream. In 2005, the Icefall Lodge was created on more a tenure of 50,000 acres of spectacular terrain that incorporated the best features of classic ranges across the world from British Columbia, to the Alps, to the Himalaya.  According to Icefall's founder, Larry Dolecki, “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.”  It's a backcountry skier's dream and we want to share it with you!

Skier ripping a powder turn at Icefall Lodge in British Columbia
Ski zones at Icefall Lodge in British Columbia
Bedroom with two beds at Icefall Lodge, British Columbia
Ski tracks off of a peak at Icefall Lodge, British Columbia
Skiers touring up a mountain at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
Skiers touring under a large snow feature at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
Skier under a large snow feature ready to drop into a run at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
Skier under snow spires dropping into a run at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
Icefall Lodge British Columbia during Blackbird Guide's Ski Week
Skier touring up a mountain at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
Skiers skiing in front of a large mountain at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
Skier making a deep pow turn at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
Different lines and terrain viewed from across a valley at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
Skier making a powder turn in the sun at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
Skier touring in front of big mountains at Icefall Lodge British Columbia

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 four more huts: the Mons Hut, the Lyell Hut, the Rostrum Cabin and the Alexandra Cabin. These 4 huts near Icefall Lodge allow for overnight trips for groups based at the lodge. The Alexandra Cabin can be used as a stand alone destination. They also allow for a spring traverse between the 4 huts and the lodge.
In 2015 he built Snowfall Lodge in an entirely new tenure south of Rogers Pass. He has a couple other ideas for places to build ski huts.

​Icefall Lodge features modern amenities including a sauna, a shower room, indoor pee toilets and double occupancy rooms. A drying room, large kitchen and living area to relax in, make it a perfect refuge after a long day of skiing.  The lodge also boasts access to wifi via the lodge's computer.

On top of the comfortable accommodation, the Lodge's amazing chef takes away the burden of preparing meals.  The chef prepares breakfast, dinner, snacks and a spread for lunch -all included aside from personal alcoholic drinks.

Daily ski trips will be guided by our group of 3 certified guides, ensuring that you ski in lower ratio groups so that you get more fresh tracks and have a better experience. Lodge trips are all about replacing the crowds and everyday grind with backcountry skiing in solitude and the simplicity of cabin life.

 

Amenities

  • 9 bedrooms and 2 lofts can comfortably accommodate 18 guests in double or single rooms
  • Drying room with propane heater
  • Sauna and shower
  •  2 lodges, both with wood stoves, comfortable living rooms and glacier views out the front window

  • Indoor pee toilets

  • Satellite internet
  • Hut shoes
  • Ipod speakers
  • Yoga mats and plenty of room to stretch

  
Deposit: 10% deposit secures your booking. 
Balance due Oct 1, 2022. 
 
Capacity: 18 guests 


Difficulty: 

  • Lodge based day trips
  • 3,000-5,500' vertical (1000-1700m) per day
  • Open alpine bowls and treed runs
  • Glaciated terrain
  • 1000'/hr min pace & ability to skin for 1-1.5 hrs between breaks

  
Your Guides: 
 
Zeb Blais, AMGA Ski & Alpine Guide 
Ryan Huetter, IFMGA 
Geoff Unger,  IFMGA 

      Skier ripping a powder turn at Icefall Lodge in British Columbia
      Ski zones at Icefall Lodge in British Columbia
      Bedroom with two beds at Icefall Lodge, British Columbia
      Ski tracks off of a peak at Icefall Lodge, British Columbia
      Skiers touring up a mountain at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
      Skiers touring under a large snow feature at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
      Skier under a large snow feature ready to drop into a run at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
      Skier under snow spires dropping into a run at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
      Icefall Lodge British Columbia during Blackbird Guide's Ski Week
      Skier touring up a mountain at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
      Skiers skiing in front of a large mountain at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
      Skier making a deep pow turn at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
      Different lines and terrain viewed from across a valley at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
      Skier making a powder turn in the sun at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
      Skier touring in front of big mountains at Icefall Lodge British Columbia
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      Dates

      Available Dates

      January 14-21, 2023 Deposit
      January 22-29, 2023 Deposit

      Prices

      $2,400 per person

      Itinerary

      Coming Soon!
       

      Equipment

      Avalanche Gear

      • Avalanche Transceiver
      • Avalanche Shovel
      • Avalanche Probe (Quick Draw Style)
      • Avalanche Pack (with Avalanche Tools Compartment)
      • Snow Saw (Optional)

      Ski Touring/ Split-boarding Gear

      • Skis with Alpine Touring Bindings OR Splitboard
      • Alpine Touring Boots (compatible with your bindings)
      • Skins (cut for your skis)
      • Adjustable length ski poles
      • Ski Helmet (optional)

      Layers

      Head Layers

      • Sun Hat (baseball hat)
      • Sun Glasses (IN ADDITION TO GOGGLES)
      • Goggles
      • Warm Hat
      • 2x Buffs or face masks (These are for warmth and wind protection and are required for Covid-19 face coverings)

      Upper Body Layers

      • Long sleeve base layer top
      • Fleece weight insulating top layers (Patgonia R1 or Nano Air are our favorites)
      • Puffy - Mid Weight Down/synthetic, Patagonia Fitzroy or similar
      • Waterproof Shell Jacket with Hood - Gore-Tex (or similar) - basic, lightweight shell, ideally NOT insulated
      • Gloves-TWO pair
        • one pair light/mid weight for skinning up and warm temps
        • one mid/heavy weight for descending and colder temps
      • Sports Bra - wool/synthetic

      Lower Body Layers

      • Underwear - wool/synthetic briefs/etc
      • Long johns (weather dependent, we may choose not to use these depending on weather forecast)
      • Socks - mid-weight wool/synthetic socks (Darntough are the best)
      • Hardshell Pants - Gore-Tex or similar waterproof/breathable membrane pants that fit over your ski boots
      • Softshell Pants (optional) - These offer a more breathable, but less weather resistant option for fair weather programs.

       Other Essentials

      • Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)
      • Lip Balm (with SPF)
      • Hand Sanitizer (Bring to use before eating or if suspected Covid-19 contamination)

      Food and water

      • Snacks for the day - we don't take an official lunch break, so be prepared to eat quickly on the go.  Our days are jam packed with movement and learning so food must be quick and easy to eat.
      • Water - bring two liters capacity. Bring a maximum of 2 Liters of water, more than that will be too much weight! Please bring at least one hard sided water bottle, but typically I bring a Nalgene and a Hydrapack or Camelback/Platypus/Etc.  Hydration systems typically work well in Tahoe without freezing, but have a hard sided backup in case.

      Optional

      • First Aid/blister Kit
      • Chemical hand warmers
      • Hydration System (Camelback, etc).  Please bring an additional hard sided water bottle if you choose to bring a hydration system.

      Know Before You Go

      Location

      Icefall Lodge, Selkirk Mountains, British Columbia

      Elevation

      6,000-10,000'

      Difficulty ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪

      Expect full days of ski touring with lunch eaten in the field.  Tours will generally be out all day, covering roughly 3,000-6,000' vertical each day.

      Trip Length

      7 Days, 6 nights

      Price

      $2,400 (book with a $250 deposit here)

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