We are into the hottest days of the summer here in the Northwest, but we all know that ski season is approaching. It might still be a little early to start waxing your skis, but it does not hurt to start planning your winter’s adventures while the sun is still high in the sky. We just got word from John Bell up at Golden Alpine Holidays that the Selkirks in central BC recently got their first official dusting of snow and that Golden Alpine’s Sentry Lodge is back in full service following a fire in 2009.
With Sentry Lodge back in action, GAH has four backcountry ski lodges in the legendary Northern Selkirk Mountains a short helicopter flight from Golden, BC.<> GAH has been busy renovating their three other lodges – Sunrise, Meadow and Vista – to update the comfort level while maintaining their rustic vibe. They even have a live webcam up at Sentry that gives you real-time weather data and a sweet view.
Last December GAH held the first fully sanctioned International Ski Mountaineering event to be held at a backcountry lodge, called the Selkirk Classic, attracting competitors from all over North America.
These guys have a variety of events planned for this season including an early season XC Nordic training option for teams, clubs and anyone wishing to get a jump on early season conditioning starting in October.
The regular backcountry ski touring season at GAH kicks off on December 2, 2011 with new freeride touring camps at Sunrise Lodge. These three- and four-day trips will combine the forces of Matchstick Productions superstar athlete Eric Hjorleifson and GAH ski guide Russ Lyabarger and are designed to take advantage of early season powder while emphasising snow safety and route planning.
With Sentry Lodge back in service, Golden Alpine Holidays has their full four-lodge traverse back on deck for April 2012. This guided and catered trip is a seven day tour that travels across the entire Esplanade Range and visits all four GAH lodges.