When the powder is super deep, we take to the trees!


It's big. Much of it is alpine and glaciated. It appeals to stronger skiers.


Northern BC is like nothing you've ever experienced - big mountains, rich culture & more bears than people!


A culturally modified tree along the trail from lake to lodge.

Spring Skiing in Europe

Spring skiing in the Alps: The Ortler round trip.

This is the classic thing to do after skiing powder in Canada all winter: head to the cradle of ski mountaineering in the Alps. Immerse yourself in the languages, cultures (did I mention food and wine?) of those storied ranges, and ski some pretty high quality terrain in the process. On the Ortler traverse, you ski back and forth between Italian speaking (and eating and drinking) Lombardy and German speaking (and Tyrolean eating and drinking) South Tyrol. An area so full of history, art, architecture (did I mention food and wine?) that it's almost sacrilegious to go up into the mountains. Not that those don't have their share of history.

But the mountains are well worth it. They are big and serious, but they are also very accessible. There are numerous huts, there is easy access to the trailheads, and in Sulden, there is a great telepherique system that gets us high into the mountains.

We ski past the great and storied north faces of Ortler and Koenigspitze, into the upper Valtellina, the terra magnifica with its wine and Roman baths, we climb Cevedale, at 3,770 m one of the premier ski mountains of the Eastern Alps, we traverse the old boundary between Austria and Italy with its barbed wire and fortifications, and we enjoy the hospitality of German and Italian speaking huts. The terrain is big and glaciated. Ski crampons are a must, and in places boot crampons may be necessary.

We will plan this trip for the spring of 2022, if the pandemic allows.



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We loved our course and the entire trip. Sensational views, excellent chalet, highly trained and informative guides, Molly's superb cooking and all that powder.

We have lived in Smithers for 14 years, have travelled the world, and all this time, since 2001, this gem of an experience was right on our doorstep. We will be back a lot more often. We enjoyed the chalet and really appreciated the course, patience and tips we received from Christoph and Lucas. The last time we had someone preparing food for us that was this good was nearly 30 years ago, in a camp where Molly's mother was the cook. Thank you for an amazing experience.

Sandy M and Karin B, Smithers