Snowboard Canada Magazine \ Volume 26 Issue 1 \ Fall 2018
Powder Hunters featuring Caley Vanular, Kaitlyn Farrington, and Annie Boulanger in the Canadian Kootenay Rockies Powder Highway. Up through the Columbia Mountains from Red Mountain, Whitewater, Kimberly, Panorama, Revelstoke, to Blue River. With pilot support from Rory Wayne Bushfield.
Snow hommies, welcome to Baldface Lodge, access real life paradise high up in the sky, just a helicopter, snow kitten, snowmobilen’ ride away. Dreamy snow clouds dress the evergreens, glades and gullies with glistening ice crystals. Mountain ranges of pristine slopes with endless wild runs over cliffs and cascading rock gardens with pillow landings through the winding forests of bottomless powder fields. Overlooking the Monashee Mountains to the west and the Purcell Mountains to the east, Baldface is nestled in the Selkirk range of the West Kootenay’s with peak heights of 7,678 feet above sea level. Enjoy panoramic views of the Canadian Cascades as you ride down 3100 vertical feet spread across 32,000 acres.
Three young men with a shared vision of a backcountry adventure playground set out to explore and build what would become a world renowned attraction. Their passion in mountain safety is without question, a tight radio network with enhanced education on avalanche awareness provides a sense of freedom for ultimate enjoyment. The lodge sprouted from snowboarding veterans, with original vintage decks lining the lodge walls from the decades, each board historic in time and design. As if the paintings and sketches from artist Jamie Lynn weren’t enough to induce you into a snowy globe euphoria, old photographs decorate the walls so all can remember how cool the 1990’s really were. Echoing down the halls you can hear the strumming guitars and the tech shop talk with a scent of fresh wax. It’s no wonder you feel the sentiment of excitement with views that take your breath away.
It’s truly impressive what delicious fine dinning you can experience 2057.4 meters above the ocean. The wine cellar, the whisky shelf, the beer cans, and the daily menu are specially curated for the winter atmosphere. There is certainly no shortage of entertainment, from clubhouse cabin games of chess, cribbage, jenga, foosball, ping pong, pool and of course some outdoor ice rink of shuffle sliding pucks. Soak it all in inside the sauna, or warm up beside the hearth, the wood burning stove that keeps the room aglow.