Icefall Lodge – A man had a dream, to build a lodge in an epic location in the Canadian Rockies. After much searching he found the spot and built a hut in the Kemmel Valley. He was so stoked he built another hut and two other satellite huts to create a destination where one can spend a week skiing trees or exploring the alpine, or go on a hut to hut trek. Once you’ve been there you can understand why he chose this location. Situated at 1900m to offer tree runs on low vis days, and easy access to four alpine valleys to get your sunny day alpine fix, its hard to get bored at Icefall Lodge. In fact this was our second time there. The last time we were there in 2011 we had more sunny days.
We overnighted in Golden and stayed at Mary’s Motel. A nice affordable motel in the middle of Golden.
Staging was at Chatter Creek staging area. We hurried up and waiting for the weather to clear so we could fly in.
Dirk from Coldstream Helicopters was our pilot. Shout out to the Pilots who fly in this terrain. They are good.
Still a bit foggy and snowing as we approached Icefall Lodge.
Larry unloading the heli
Then off it goes! Soo cool.
Larry in front of his lodge.
After we got flown in we had time for one run in the Kitchen Chutes.
The run map shows you all the potential lines in the area, click on image for larger map. After being there twice we still haven’t skied all of them. You can see Larry’s run maps on his website. We downloaded and printed a few copies for our group.
Back to the hut for dinner
Prepared by our cook – Calder Graham of Moes Catering
Main floor of main lodge. Nice place for Chillin’
Up early in the morning for Breakfast! mmmm Eggs Bennie!
Lower level of the main lodge has the fireplace, drying room and hooks for your bags. Lots of storage space for beer too!
Our morning view of the hut with Home Run in the back.
View of the smaller lodge, sauna on the left and one of the shitters.
Snow stairs to the smaller lodge which has 5 bedrooms and a loft. There is lots of space at Icefall Lodge!
Sauna and wood shed.
View from the back of the small lodge.
Inside the main floor of the small lodge.
Common area on second floor of main lodge showing sink, pea toilet and one of the bedrooms.
Another one of the bedrooms. Rustic.
Lodge at night.