When to Come
Our winter season runs from early December through Mid-April. Other than a few spots, most of our season is sold out to our returning customers. So for now, availability is mostly in December and April –still plenty of snowy fun to be had! If you would like to be added to our high season wait list, please shoot us an e-mail and let us know the dates you are interested in.
Beginning in 2018, Baldface will be expanding to an all-year destination — catering to industry groups who want to gather in an relaxing environment for a custom-built experience which will help them to reconnect with themselves and each other. Stay tuned.
A typical day at Baldface begins with locally roasted espresso and a bountiful breakfast buffet, followed by a full day on the slopes, then it’s back to the lodge for apres, appetizers, massages, and sauna time. Then it’s time to enjoy a glass of beautiful BC wine and a gourmet meal prepared by our culinary team. Here is a snapshot of your entire trip experience from arrival to departure.
ARRIVAL DAY AT THE NELSON AIRPORT
- Arrive at the Norman Stibbs airport in Nelson, BC at 2:00 p.m. (before February 15) or 3:00 p.m. (after February 15)
- Unload your luggage in the lobby
- Park your vehicle along the fence
- Sign an insurance waiver
- Take a helicopter safety briefing before fly up to the lodge
- If the weather is stormy, you will travel to the lodge by boat and a snowcat
ARRIVAL AT THE LODGE
- Arrive at the Lodge between 2:00 – 6:30 p.m.
- Welcome tour by Baldface staff
- Relax by the fire and enjoy hot soup and a cold drink
THE FIRST EVENING
- Welcome orientation talk
- 6:00 p.m. Dinner
- 8:30 p.m. Guides set up boards and skis
- Relax, stretch, play pool, cards, ping pong, enjoy drinks at the bar
THE SKI DAY
- 7:00 a.m. Breakfast
- 8:30 a.m. Gear up and go snowcat skiing. On the first day, your guide will provide a transceiver explanation and hands-on training prior to getting on the slopes
- Lunch, sweet snacks, water, and hot drinks are provided in the snowcat
- Professional photographer joins each group in the cat during the day
- 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Return to the lodge for drinks, soup, hot appetizers, massages and sauna time
- 5:30 p.m. Slide show of the day’s events on the big screen
- 6:00 p.m. Dinner
- 8:00 p.m. Darts, drinks at the bar, card games, ping pong, and pool
END-OF-TRIP TRANSFER DAY
Your transfer down the mountain will be by helicopter if the weather is clear or by snowcat if it’s not safe to fly. Transfers begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. and we try to have the last group in town by 5:00 p.m. If you are scheduling a flight home, you should not plan on getting to Nelson before 5:00 p.m.!
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 something, Baldface has a full fleet of ski and snowboard rentals available to make your powder skiing adventure even better. Ski or Snowboard rentals are available for $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 ski or snowboard 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, if needed.
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.