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  1. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by skifishbum View Post
    it looks like we have one extra spot flying in the week of march 9th
    if anybody wants to go hit me up
    Hmmmmm. Could be. .

    Edit. Dammit...already committed

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    Arctos Guides......
    The goat stuff, by far....!

    many thanks.....

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    Love this thread.

    Question, has anyone skied Durrand Glacier Hut and their small Haute-route hut system outside of Revy? I read about them in a recent Backcountry article and it has certain appeal to be honest. I researched and contacted them, and they strongly advise using provided packs & rescue gear, which I wasn't wild about as you have a pretty limited (it appears) carry weight on the heli ride in. The accommodations sound very solid, and their terrain sounds intriguing and expansive. Also appears to maybe be guided-only? I dunno, if some of you all said the terrain and accommodations are so sick it negates the gear and guided bit, I'd probably plunk down for next season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SILENCER View Post
    Love this thread.

    Question, has anyone skied Durant Glacier Hut and their small Haute-route hut system outside of Revy? I read about them in a recent Backcountry article and it has certain appeal to be honest. I researched and contacted them, and they strongly advise using provided packs & rescue gear, which I wasn't wild about as you have a pretty limited (it appears) carry weight on the heli ride in. The accommodations sound very solid, and their terrain sounds intriguing and expansive. Also appears to maybe be guided-only? I dunno, if some of you all said the terrain and accommodations are so sick it negates the gear and guided bit, I'd probably plunk down for next season.
    Do some reading about Ruedi Beglinger (there’s plenty available). If being part of Ruedi’s very particular world seems like an experience you’re looking for, and you can afford it, it’s a premium experience in some incredible terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kootenayskier View Post
    Do some reading about Ruedi Beglinger (there’s plenty available). If being part of Ruedi’s very particular world seems like an experience you’re looking for, and you can afford it, it’s a premium experience in some incredible terrain.
    This was great advice. The article I read did mention the accident in 2003, but more research shows a more complex story, Wylie's book, etc. Also, his reputation for driving hard and such. His operating tract sounds immense, and I also just read he lobbied to have helis banned from regular flight over his terrain to preserve the experience. I am no farther or closer to ruling this in or out, just wiser at this point. Again, there is still some appeal to his operation. Overall though, I'm curious how SME's terrain compares to the ones that Arctos lists above so well. Sounds glaciated and big, I can gather this much. Just curious if anyone here has skied with SME before.

    Thanks man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SILENCER View Post
    This was great advice. The article I read did mention the accident in 2003, but more research shows a more complex story, Wylie's book, etc. Also, his reputation for driving hard and such. His operating tract sounds immense, and I also just read he lobbied to have helis banned from regular flight over his terrain to preserve the experience. I am no farther or closer to ruling this in or out, just wiser at this point. Again, there is still some appeal to his operation. Overall though, I'm curious how SME's terrain compares to the ones that Arctos lists above so well. Sounds glaciated and big, I can gather this much. Just curious if anyone here has skied with SME before.

    Thanks man.
    I've skied SME. I'd go again but only if guaranteed I didn't have to ski with Ruedi. Have been told I can specifically request Joey or Fiorina etc.

    The terrain is stupendous.

    Pics are from a few years ago. Keep scrolling through for pictures

    http://www.leelau.net/sharonandlee/sme-woolsey-peak/

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    never been

    he gave my ski bro one of them red SME fleece cuz bro ( ER physician ) fixed a dislocated Shoulder on a skier which saved all kinds of problems & a chopper ride

    I have done a fair amount of skiing with joe the snow shoveller but joe woudn't say shit if he stepped in it
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    I've skied SME. I'd go again but only if guaranteed I didn't have to ski with Ruedi. Have been told I can specifically request Joey or Fiorina etc.

    The terrain is stupendous.

    Pics are from a few years ago. Keep scrolling through for pictures

    http://www.leelau.net/sharonandlee/sme-woolsey-peak/
    More excellent beta, thanks Lee.

    The Backcountry article focused on Florina and her ascension in the family business. That could be the ticket, requesting her.

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    I’ve never been, and from the stories, I don’t think I could tour with Rudy either.

    https://www.icefall.ca/skiing/icefall-ski-traverse

    While I haven’t done the traverse, ice fall lodge is in an amazing spot, and might be worth considering.

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    Due to the cold temps, the exchange is delayed here at Snowfall Lodge today, so I’ll make use of the down time and add another review.

    We just wrapped a week of guided skiing here at Snowfall Lodge.Click image for larger version. 

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    Over the week, we had over 100cm of storm snow followed by temperatures plummeting to -32C. Needless to say, we didn’t get to experience as much of the alpine as I would have liked; but the tree line and tree skiing we did get to do was fantastic. Lots of old growth tree lanes, pillows and the opportunity to ski runs in excess of 1000m. Home drainage runs with wide open fall line made for excellent powder skiing.
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    Normally, they run groups of 18 guests and three guides plus staff here. IMO, that would be tight quarters. We had a group of twelve guests two guides + lodge staff and the accommodations were nice. The lodge has a similar layout to Icefall lodge and also has a wood fired sauna with two bucket showers. The sauna is great! Classic out houses with views to the south.
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    The terrain is big and there is quite a bit of glaciated alpine terrain to explore. If there was a touchy PWL or a large avalanche cycle, it would be a challenging place to ski for the week as there is very little accessible high hazard skiing. However if you’re looking for big terrain out the front door, this place has got it.

    The only downfall to Snowfall IMO, is the group size or the overall cost if you want to go as a smaller group.

    Overall Score 4.8
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    Terrain 4.8
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    Bump. I've read TR's and threads, mostly from Lee, Zenith and Arctos. Looking for some recs to help me wade through the many great options:

    My wife and I are looking to head up to BC for a heli-in, guided hut trip 3/21-28 of 2026. We're both strong, fit skiers and tourers, solid touring+glacier experience and are looking for a not-super-rustic trip experience with solid amenities (this is a splurge). We've done hut trips in CO and Europe, but this would be our first time skiing backcountry in BC. We're probably biased to terrain variety over gnar/big line accessibility, but skiing that stuff would be great.

    She's a savvy trip planner and has done some looking but wants me to make the call. She's proposed VMT, Icefall Lodge, Battle Abbey and Sentry. I am feeling good about Sol, Powder Creek, Hilda, Selkirk Lodge, and SME - Durrand as well.

    What's the spot for a late March trip with upside late-season snow quality, reasonable storm skiing options and solid hut+amentity situation?

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    I think you might want to check & see see what is actulay available
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    I think you might want to check & see see what is actulay available
    For sure, but it's for 2026, so not much availability out there to be seen at the moment. Trying to hone in who we pursue in the coming months

  14. #64
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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    Bump. I've read TR's and threads, mostly from Lee, Zenith and Arctos. Looking for some recs to help me wade through the many great options:

    My wife and I are looking to head up to BC for a heli-in, guided hut trip 3/21-28 of 2026. We're both strong, fit skiers and tourers, solid touring+glacier experience and are looking for a not-super-rustic trip experience with solid amenities (this is a splurge). We've done hut trips in CO and Europe, but this would be our first time skiing backcountry in BC. We're probably biased to terrain variety over gnar/big line accessibility, but skiing that stuff would be great.

    She's a savvy trip planner and has done some looking but wants me to make the call. She's proposed VMT, Icefall Lodge, Battle Abbey and Sentry. I am feeling good about Sol, Powder Creek, Hilda, Selkirk Lodge, and SME - Durrand as well.

    What's the spot for a late March trip with upside late-season snow quality, reasonable storm skiing options and solid hut+amentity situation?
    Go for places which also have glaciers. Selkirk Lodge, Battle Abbey, SME. These have superb glaciers skiing and metric tonne of tree skiing too. Icefall has terrain and skiing but isn't even close in terms of luxury. All things being equal pamper yourselves with triple ply t-p and indoor toilets

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    Go for places which also have glaciers. Selkirk Lodge, Battle Abbey, SME. These have superb glaciers skiing and metric tonne of tree skiing too. Icefall has terrain and skiing but isn't even close in terms of luxury. All things being equal pamper yourselves with triple ply t-p and indoor toilets
    Sweet, thank you Lee. Have you (or anyone else on here) been to SME?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    Sweet, thank you Lee. Have you (or anyone else on here) been to SME?
    I have. It's superb terrain and the lodges are nice. I would go again with the stipulation that Ruedi wouldn't be our guide. But that's just a caveat personal to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    I have. It's superb terrain and the lodges are nice. I would go again with the stipulation that Ruedi wouldn't be our guide. But that's just a caveat personal to me.
    K, yeah I’m getting that vibe a bit from various sources. I assume they’ve got a handful of guides and groups going at once, with their whole hut-to-hut plan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    K, yeah I’m getting that vibe a bit from various sources. I assume they’ve got a handful of guides and groups going at once, with their whole hut-to-hut plan?
    Aye. It's 12 guests split into 2 groups. The groups travel separately. Each group has a guide

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