It's big. Much of it is alpine and glaciated. It will appeal to stronger skiers.
But we do meet our guests where they are. Whenever there are two guides, there is the option of taking the early bus home, or to do another lap on the glacier.
And we do have tree runs! All that snow has to come from somewhere, so we do have storm days. Those are Tom George days. The glades through the ancient forest on that flank are spectacular. Ski 650 meters. Have a snack and an espresso. Repeat.
While most trips have a steepish section or two, the terrain is what John Baldwin calls 'the upper limit of classic' in most places. We make good, comfortable uptracks through those sections, and coach those of our guests down who don't exactly want to straightline it.
For example, on the Solitaire Ski Peak there is just one steep section through the trees while the rest is straightforward (if spectacular, high above the tumbling icefalls of the Burnie and Polemic Glacier). On the P
Skiing through Polemic Pass, you circumnavigate a large icefall on the Burnie Glacier, traverse the majestic neve, climb through the pass, guarded by rock buttresses, avoid another icefall, and ski down 1300 meters of East facing glacier and glade.
So, our terrain is best descibed as ski mountaineering terrain. You do move through mountains most days, but there is excellent tree skiing as well. Some trips require boot-packing or a bit of scrambling to reach a ridge or summit.
The longest run is 1,600 vertical meters, and we sometimes do even longer days than that. All that being said, it is not our intention to break records, but to let you, our guests, experience what our North Coast Mountains have to offer. There is grandeur and beauty, and our safe and comfortable lodge in the middle of it all.