You and up to 11 closest friends have earned this. It is time to check us off your bucket list. We still have some availability December 2018 & April 2019.
If you don’t have a full snowcat, we’ll try to pair you with riders and skiers of an appropriate skill level. Who knows, maybe they be your new best pals.
Do you even know the difference? Our team is dedicated to providing an unforgettable experience, whether this is your first snowcat riding trip or you’re a seasoned Baldface veteran.
With a season that runs December through April, our consistent snowpack and incredible terrain will keep you coming back. The proof is in the powder.
When to Attend
The snow flies long before and after you fortunate souls will join us. Our winter season runs from early December through Mid-April. For up-to-date seat availability for the 2018-19 season, click here.
In time, Kootenay time that is, Baldface will be expanding to an all-year destination — catering to industry groups who want to gather in a relaxing environment for a custom-built experience which will help them to reconnect with themselves and each other. Stay tuned.
A Typical Day
A typical day at Baldface begins with locally roasted espresso and a bountiful breakfast buffet, followed by a full day on the slopes. Apres in the lodge consists of appetizers, massages, and sauna time. Enjoy a glass of wine and a gourmet meal prepared by our culinary team. Here is the full itinerary, at a glance:
ARRIVAL AT NELSON AIRPORT
- Arrive at the Norman Stibbs airport in Nelson, BC between 1 and 1:30pm (before February 15); between 2 and 2:30pm (after February 15)
- Unload and tag your luggage
- Park your vehicle along the fence
- Watch helicopter safety video before flying up to the lodge
- **If the weather is stormy (read: dumping), your transfer to the lodge may be split heli/snowcat, or boat/truck/snowcat.
ARRIVAL AT THE LODGE
- Arrive at the Lodge between 2 and 6pm
- Welcome tour by Baldface staff
- Hot soup available in the bar
THE FIRST EVENING
- Welcome orientation talk
- 6pm Dinner
- 8pm Get your boards set up in the demo room
- Relax, stretch, play pool, ping pong, enjoy drinks at the bar
THE SKI / RIDE DAY
- 7am Breakfast Buffet / Pack your lunch
- 8:30am Gear up and meet your cat! **On the first day, you will receive hands-on safety training with the guides prior to getting out on the slopes. Don't forget your new Baldface x Mizu water bottle!
- 3 – 4pm Return to the lodge for drinks, soup, hot appetizers, massages and sauna time.
- 5:30pm Slideshow of the day’s events on the big screen
- 6pm Dinner
Your transfer down the mountain will be by helicopter if the weather is clear or by snowcat if it's stormy. Transfers begin at approximately 2pm and we try to have the last group in town by 5pm. If you are scheduling a flight home, you should not plan on getting to Nelson before 5pm
Ability & Conditioning
Baldface’s terrain requires that guests have intermediate to advanced-level powder skills. To increase your opportunity to ski and ride expert terrain, book an entire snowcat with like-minded friends and we’ll safely guide you to our most exciting runs. Please consider the following notes before you book your trip to come cat boarding or snowcat skiing with us:
- Guests will be snowcat skiing about 15,000 feet per day for three or four days straight and need to be in good physical condition. Consider a conditioning program to prepare for your trip. If you are unable to keep up with the group you may be asked to sit out and will not be reimbursed for any missed time in the cat.
- Weather and ski conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ski or ride anything.
- We do not groom any runs!
- If you have never skied powder or shy away from it at you local resort, this is not the place to learn.
- Baldface terrain has lots of glades and trees – please be prepared to ski and ride in the trees!
- If you have any questions or concerns about your ability please call the office to discuss prior to booking.
Rentals & Demos
For those who would like to demo boards, Baldface has a full fleet available to take your powder experience to the next level. Fat skis are $40/day and offered on a first come, first-served basis at the lodge. Our team will help you find a setup that suits you and the conditions. We do not rent boots, nor do any shops in Nelson, so BYOBoots.
WAX & TUNING ROOM
Baldface has a fully stocked bench with everything needed for waxing, tuning or repair.
BOOT & GLOVE DRYERS
There is a common drying room available in the main lodge to ensure that boots, gloves and outerwear are dry. If you are staying in the Chalets, they are also equipped with drying closets.
Guides & Safety
Safety is our number one priority. Our guides strictly follow and exceed snowcat skiing industry standards for safety. All of our guides are ACMG, CAA, or CSGA certified and are wilderness first-aid caregivers. Our detailed safety manual also meets and exceeds industry standards.
All guests are required to read and sign a standard insurance waiver. Once at the lodge, every guest will be given a transceiver and hands-on personal instruction on how to use it. The backcountry is exciting, exhilarating and can be unpredictable. We strongly urge our guests to listen carefully to their trained guides.
If we receive a cancellation 120 days prior to your arrival, you will get a full refund minus 25% of the trip cost per seat cancelled.
Cancellations within 120 days of your trip date are 100% non-refundable. This includes trips cancelled due to any issues you encounter crossing the border. Please also note that most trip cancellation insurance policies do not cover this type of situation.
Guests who cancel have the option of finding a replacement to fill their seat. We will accommodate this at no charge if the guests transfer funds among themselves. If we have to charge the new guest and refund the old guest, there will be a $100 administration fee deducted from each seat refunded.
If final payment has not been received by October 1st, Baldface reserves the right to cancel the booking without notice and re-sell the space. There are no exceptions to this policy.
All cancellations must be received in writing. Reservations will not be held until payment is received.
We understand that occasionally events occur that prevent you from joining us on your ski vacation. Please pay special attention to our Cancellation and Refunds Terms above.
To avoid any financial hardship that an unexpected cancellation and interruption could cause, we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation/Interruption to protect your trip investment. Trip Cancellation/Interruption costs about 5% of your trip cost and it's well worth the peace of mind.
Contact our preferred provider Lifestyle Financial and they can provide you with a quote for Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance.
There are no exceptions to our policies so we strongly suggest that all guests purchase trip cancellation insurance.
All prices are in Canadian dollars and require a 25% deposit to reserve the space, 25% on May 15 with the remaining 50% due on October 1. For bookings made after October 1, the full amount is due. We accept American Express, MasterCard, VISA, certified checks, money orders, or wire transfers. If you combine trips for a longer stay, you will be credited the transportation cost on the second portion of your trip.
Upon making a reservation at Baldface, all guests agree to these terms and conditions:
All guests are required to sign a waiver before being allowed to ski with us. By signing this document, guests will waive certain legal rights, including the right to sue. Please read this form carefully before signing. If you do not have access to the Internet and would like to see a copy of this waiver prior to arrival, please contact us by phone at (250) 352-0006, or by email at email@example.com, and we will be happy to send one to you.
Alcohol or non-prescription drugs are not permitted while skiing or snowboarding.
All participants must be 19 years of age or older.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL INSURANCE
New for the 2018/19 season!! Baldface Lodge now provides Emergency Medical Coverage including Ambulance/Evacuation insurance as part of your package. This coverage is only in place while you are our guest and in Canada. All claims require that you be seen by a physician at the time of injury.
KEEP IT TIGHT.
We're happy to provide you with the signature Jamie Lynn garbage bag to travel to-and-from the lodge, but if you prefer your own luggage, please pack in a soft-sided bag (no wheels) and keep it under 50 pounds. There are no board bags allowed in the helicopter so it's easiest if your personal items are packed elsewhere and we'll hang onto your board bags until you get back down to town. Oh, and our wine list has got you covered so no need to risk packing that Châteauneuf-du-Pape.