A couple of friends and I signed up for a weekend package of guided backcountry skiing with Coast Mountain Guides. Having been on backcountry trips before where we were sharing a cabin with 20 other skinners and a family of mice, this was a welcome upgrade.
With maps, paintings, photographs and memorabilia, the lodge vibe really adds to the authentic Canadian mountain experience. The group dinners were really well done, and filling after a day on the mountain stair-master. My ski buddy and I shared one of the rooms where we each had our own cozy 'berth', with enough room to hang up and store our stuff. For the price of a room in the mini-city of Whistler, we were experiencing a true wilderness adventure. (Though there was still a few bars of cell signal in the corner by the pool table) Waking up to see the moonset and the sunrise before breakfast was magical.
A few tips: Bring more wine than you think you'll need and don't forget a flashlight. If you're a guitar player, they have one there for you to use, but you may want to bring some extra strings!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A reservations based mountain Inn (more commonly known as a backcountry lodge) offering a range of accommodation suited to every adventurer’s budget. Journeyman Lodge retains the charm and warmth of traditional alpine culture. Guests eat together and relax together. They share tales and connect with like-minded people who’ve each just had their own best day ever. Humans have been sitting around a fire telling stories since the beginning of time. Why stop now? Witness awe-inspiring mountain vistas, explore untouched wilderness, and relax in the comfort and safety of our charming full-service backcountry lodge. It's a West Coast Must-Do! ... more less