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Backcountry skiing areas and untracked powder stashes are clustered in the northern part of the Thompson Okanagan region, near Clearwater and Valemount.
Popular accessible areas include Mount Robson Provincial Park and Wells Gray Provincial Park. The Monashee Mountains' backcountry is a little harder to reach, but that just makes the turns through the 15m/49ft of light snow that much sweeter. Wildlife viewing opportunities are excellent here; watch for moose, caribou and mountain goats.
Beginners can get an introduction to backcountry skiing though courses provided by local outfitters. Backcountry guides and tours are available in a number of areas, including Wells Gray Provincial Parks and Mount Robson Provincial Park.
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Mica Creek, British Columbia
With 20+ years experience, we are located on the western slopes of the Rockies, just above the treeline, in stunningly spectacular untouched wilderness. Experience snow, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes, meadows, wildflowers & breathtaking vistas. Access available only via a spectacular 25 minute helicopter ride from Valemount.
In January 2014, we launched the Mallard Mountain Lodge which was honoured by Outside Magazine as the "Best New Lodge Runner Up" worldwide.
We offer, 3, 4 & 7 night, all-inclusive packages; winter - ski/snowboard touring; summer - hiking/llama hiking. Customized packages also available.
Our small guest capacity (7 in the winter & 8 in the summer) allows bookings of any number, from singles to a full lodge.
Future plans include optional snowmobile assistance, snowcat skiing/boarding & additional lodges (including "hut-to-hut").