Terrain and Powder
When it comes to snow and terrain, we in the Selkirks have a rare home court advantage.
Simply put, we supply the lightest, fluffiest, most consistent stimulant on earth - kootenay powder.
Annual accumulations can amount to 7m (23 ft) at tree line with 9m (30 ft) at higher elevations, offering remarkably deep powder skiing. This reliable snowfall often begins in October, serving up early season turns in December and fresh powder well into April.
Our temperatures are moderate throughout the season with an average winter daytime temperature at tree line of -7C (20F).
Our terrain is exceptional. We operate in three separate ranges in the Selkirk Mountains: the Bonnigtons, the Nelson Range and the Valhallas. With over 150,000 acres at our disposal, we never ski tracks or repeat a line. Runs are often well over 3000 feet in length, presenting dramatic alpine ridges, colossal bowls and countless pillow fields to choose from. Guests can indulge in steep fall-line old growth descents, chutes flanked by towering granite spires, and perpetual meadows of unbroken powder.
We have quick access to both tree skiing and open alpine terrain. Many of our classic heli ski runs are less than a five-minute flight from the lodge. With only four skiers per group, we are able to handpick terrain and access lines that are best suited to the group’s specific abilities and desires.