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Island Lake offers unrivalled guided ski touring on 7,000-acres during late season.

Call ahead for availability

A great mix of terrain including alpine bowls and ridges, perfectly gladed trees and spectacular peaks in one of the snowiest places in Canada.

  • Island Lake offers single day tours as well as overnight trips on select late season dates during the season.
  • Suitable for strong intermediate skiers with good fitness and the ability to climb uphill on skis.
  • Groups of 1-6 will include a full ACMG certified Ski Guide. Maximum guests per day: 12.
  • Ski tours can be tailored to focus or technique, terrain, or snowpack evaluation, or a combination of preferences.
  • Mammut Barryvox Pulse Transceivers provided. Other avalanche gear is available upon request.


  • Prior backcountry ski touring experience with a minimum of strong intermediate downhill skiing skills
  • Equipment can be rented from The Guides Hut (1-888-843-4885), or at The Gear Hub (1-250-423-5555)

Day Ski Sample Itinerary:

  • Depart the Island Lake parking lot at 8:00 am for the lodge.
  • Guests will arrive at the Lodge at 8:30 am to meet their guide, sign a waiver, and check equipment.
  • Single day trips will receive coffee, tea and fruit on arrival at the lodge. Guests will be responsible for their food and drink for the duration of the day.
  • The snow cat departs the Lodge at 9:00 am for a lift into the ski terrain.
  • Guests will receive safety training once in the ski terrain and prior to skiing.
  • Guests ski back to the Lodge for a complimentary Fernie Brewing Company Beer.
  • At 4:00 pm guests depart the Lodge in a snowcat for the parking lot.

Multi-Day Tours:

Subject to availability and offered for 2, 3 or 4 night stays. Minimum 6 Guests.

Multiday trips will arrive at 5pm and will be transported to the lodge, with the ski tour program commencing the following morning. Multiday tours will depart the lodge at 4:30 on the last day of the tour. Single and Multiday trips will get a lift by cat into our terrain on each morning of the tour.

Services Included:

  • Fully certified IFMGA and/or ACMG ski guide service.
  • Snowcat ride into private ski terrain.
  • Group safety equipment (radio, rescue kit, first aid supplies).

Not included in the price:

  • Lunch and snacks.
  • Personal ski touring boots, skis, skins or splitboard.
  • Personal avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe).
  • Trip cancellation, adventure travel insurance or medical insurance.

Availability: For more information on ski touring contact the Island Lake Reservation Team toll-free at 1.888.422.8754

  • Contact Information
  • 888-422-8754 (Toll Free)
  • 250-423-3700
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  • Cedar Valley Road, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0
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