Welcome to Icefall Lodge in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia. This is one of three shelters associated with Icefall's expansive 50,000-acre tenure. Two neighboring lodges can sleep up to 18 people. In this photo, skier Jay Stephens.
Luke Nelson on the Groove Tube near Icefall Lodge, BC. "I've been to more than a few huts," says photographer Steve Ogle. "As far as quality of terrain goes, there's Icefall and then there's every other backcountry skiing destination."
Larry Dolecki, the owner of Icefall Lodge, has plans in the works to expand his terrain, including a new heli-skiing tenure and a new lodge near Rogers Pass, British Columbia.
A storm approaches at Icefall Lodge. With 18 skiable 3,000-plus meter peaks and over 30 glaciers, Larry Dolecki has his own little Europe right here.
Seven years, a new lodge and two alpine huts later, Dolecki's enterprise is on track. "We more or less just built a hut and then worried about the business side afterward," he says. "We figured the worst case scenario was that we had a ski hut in a cool location even if it didnt make money."
Luke Nelson and Dean Wagner climb a nearby peak. Icefall Lodge offers guided skiing, self-guided skiing, and hut-to-hut traverses. Although a helicopter delivers you to the backcountry lodge, once you're there, all of the skiing is entirely human-powered.
Luke Nelson with 200 square kilometers all to himself.
Luke Nelson skiing from the door of Icefall Lodge.
Dean Wagner skiing at sunset from Christian Peak, one of the five peaks of the Lyell Group, all coveted 11,000'ers of the Canadian Rockies.
Powder like this requires some work to reach. Icefall lodge sits at 6,300 feet in elevation and is accessed by helicopter from Golden, BC.