Thanks so much for deciding to visit Sorcerer Lodge. The following information should help you to plan your backcountry lodge trip and get organized. If we miss anything or you have some questions, please contact us.
Take a look at the waiver provided. You don’t need to print one off, or fill it out, as we’ll have them here for you when you arrive. Legally though – you need to be provided with an opportunity to read through it ahead of time so that if you disagree or have difficulty with its contents, you can cancel your ski touring trip prior to traveling.
We ask that you arrive in Golden BC Saturday night prior to your trip. In the winter, highways into Golden are often closed due to avalanche hazard, road conditions and accidents. As we meet very early Sunday morning, planning to arrive the day of your trip is extremely risky. Golden just isn’t close to anywhere, so you’d be on the road very, very early… in the dark, in the winter. Although we certainly CAN get you up to the lodge at a later time if you miss your helicopter flight, it will be an additional expense for you and you will most likely miss at least one day of skiing. We plan a Saturday night meeting place (generally the Kicking Horse River Lodge at 8:00 pm) to clear up any questions about the timing or the trip and it helps flight day to go smoothly if people make it to the meeting. Please feel free to call as well.
Kicking Horse River Hostel is a great place to stay. They can handle a group with a variety of room choices. Sorcerer customers get a discount IF they book directly through the lodge and not through a booking agency. It’s a nice timber frame building on the Kicking Horse River. Since we meet here Sat night and breakfast is here Sun morning, it’s the most convenient place. We also meet the bus to staging here as well and they allow us to leave vehicles parked here for the week.
Hotels and hostels in Golden have been booking up really quickly. I would suggest organizing this early.
We will meet the group Saturday night at Kicking Horse River Lodge 8pm sharp to sign waivers, go over the last minute details and discuss the next day’s flight plans. Remember that we are on Mountain Standard Time! That’s Alberta time to some people, despite the fact that we really are in B.C. The time change almost always catches someone by surprise if they are coming from the west.
Breakfast will be available at 6:30 am at the Kicking Horse River Lodge. A shuttle service is provided for transportation from there to staging. It leaves from the River Lodge around 7:00.
Our staging area is located just down the Rogers Pass Pusher Station Road near Heather Mountain Lodge, a 45 min drive (53km) west of Golden. Turn off the highway at Heather Mtn Lodge, turn right immediately and go roughly 800 meters down the road. You will see the heli pad on your left just before the first switchback. The Heli safety talk is at 8:30, and flying starts immediately following.
Packing & Misc.
We do not provide any alcoholic beverages, however you are welcome to bring some along with you. Bring beer in cans (sorry – but if you need recommendations, there ARE some good ones out there). Small kegs are fine – no giants. We can order those for you from the Whitetooth Craft brewery right here in Golden. We warn folks that alcohol spoils with loss of elevation and we are reluctant to fly much OUT of the range. So think about how much you take in …… (we’ve noticed this effect is especially severe with good expensive scotch).
Pack your “stuff” directly into your daypack and a small – medium duffle bag, 60 litres max. Please avoid using the large duffle bags/packs and anything with wheels or hard sides, as they are awkward to handle and difficult to load into the helicopter. For the Self-Guided – Self Catered groups … NO COOLERS, they are difficult and an inefficient use of space in the helicopter. We supply all linen and quilts so you don’t need a sleeping bag. (BRING TOWELS) Skis are best left loose (not in bags). Make sure that all boxes come with lids and are taped closed. Shovels should be loose outside your pack if they don’t completely fit inside with the hard edges all covered. Ice axes are left loose and will go in the ski basket for transport. People are advised to dress for skiing when they get on the helicopter so you should have your ski boots on and all other footwear packed safely in your bags. Your personal gear should weigh less than 35 lbs. We will weigh groups at staging if they appear to be heavy.
Feel free to call or email any time if you need more information. I’m happy to give snow reports etc… Check in on our website for daily weather.
Visit our What To Bring page for more information.