Pre-Trip Planning

Book early

Backcountry lodges tend to book up quickly. One of the most important hints we can give is to book your trip early.

What to bring

Check out our gear lists for your advanced planning and contact the lodge directly to get additional area-specific and lodge-specific information. Ensure that you have adhered to the packing limitations recommended by the lodge, especially if it is a winter trip or a trip requiring helicopter access.

Before your trip

Before you head into the backcountry, please take a look at Avalanche Canada’s pre-trip planning information. Follow the steps to gather information and ensure that you are ready for your trip. As most BLBCA’s lodges are in areas that require some driving, we recommend you reserve any accommodation that you will need for before and after your trip to the backcountry, as soon as you book your trip with us. Often located in smaller rural towns, these areas can have limited accommodation available.

Self-Guided Groups

In order to help you be prepared for your trip into avalanche terrain, please refer to Avalanche Canada’s Pre-Trip Planning Tool and the BLBCA’s Self-Guided Recommendations. They can both be really handy as you prepare for a safe and enjoyable trip.

Winter

Please arrive at the helipad in ski clothes so you are ready to ski upon arriving at the lodge.

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Why would you want to go to a backcountry lodge? We’ll let one of our guests tell you… 

“Our guide was so patient with us, going over avalance safety skills and picking out the best ski and snowshoe routes for us. He managed our mix of skill levels so that no one was bored or nervous, and always had a joke ready when any of us got tired.” – Julie, 40, Seattle