Untracked celebrates the places you may, or may not, be aware of. The places where snow falls in abundance and crowds are rare. Want to ride pow? Here’s where to go.
Baldface Lodge lies deep in the heart of Interior British Columbia – one of the most productive powder zones in the world. Famed for having some of the lightest, deepest snow on Earth, the Kootenays have a mythical status among powder hunting skiers and snowboarders.
Guests at Baldface are transported to the Lodge by a 10 minute helicopter journey from the nearby town of Nelson, BC. 32,000 acres of prime ski and snowboard terrain awaits – all accessed using the Lodge’s snowcats. Open bowls give way to some of the best tree skiing anywhere in the world. Perfectly spaced, mature BC forests with cliffs, drops and features everywhere, all loaded with a 3+ metre snowpack.
The Selkirk Mountains receive the same procession of storms that mountains along the Pacific Coast do. When these storms hit the mountains of the interior the resultant snowfall is both prodigious and dry, resulting in face shot after face shot of cold, blower pow.
The accommodation at Baldface is split between rooms in the lodge and 7 individual timber chalets. Each chalet provides accommodation for 4 guests in 2 bedrooms, with a living room and big deck to watch the sunset on. The lodge itself has a bar, restaurant and recreation area. The high-end food is cooked on-site by Baldface’s own chefs. Professional massage is available too along with full powder ski and snowboard hire.
In 2012 Baldface hosted the Red Bull Super Natural event. The vision of Travis Rice to hold a contest with elements of a traditional slopestyle course on natural terrain was hailed as revolutionary and was followed the year after with the Ultra Natural.
Baldface just seems like a great choice for this kind of event where creativity, line choice and flow is the aim of the rider. It’s the kind of course that legendary snowboarder Craig Kelly would most likely have excelled on. Craig is one of the most influential snowboarders of all time who died in an avalanche in Revelstoke, BC in 2003. A cross sits on the hillside above Baldface to commemorate him.
Baldface Lodge has forged a unique place within the culture of our sport and is part of whatever it is we are all looking for. Powder, mountains, the good life.Hit the Kootenays, shred some pow and have a beer beneath Craig’s cross.
Prices start at around $2600 for a 3 day trip with prime mid winter dates being booked well in advance. 4 day trips are also available. Check out the Baldface Lodge website for more info.
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