Our Benchmark Series is back for 2020! Challenge yourself on our social ski to Journeyman Lodge and try improving your time from one event to the next. Enjoy a hot lunch at the Lodge before skiing back down. Get a chance to win great door prizes from Salomon, Arc'teryx, Ryders Eyewear & more!
Suggested Start Times:
Novice skier : 8:30am to 9:30am
Expert skier: 10am to 10:30am
*Lunch will be served : 12PM to 2Pm
10$/Person *includes lunch
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Santa Claus is coming to Callaghan Country
Enjoy festive holiday activities at the Alexander Falls Touring Centre (1st Entrance to Ski Callaghan): It's a natural winter-wonderland up here, so come, roast marshmallows by the trailside bonfire, wander the forest by snowshoe & play a game of Callaghan Country's nature bingo, participate in some natural crafting and Christmas decor, and of course get your photo with Santa!
Can't get enough of the Callaghan? This Holiday Season, treat yourself and your family to the ultimate winter experience found right here at Callaghan Country! Typically an 'older-kid' and adult-only accommodation, we exceptionally allow families with young children in our Journeyman Lodge during the Holiday Season.
Many families have already booked their Holiday stay with us but there is still some vacancies remaining through Christmas and in the New Year, so don't delay and book now for your best Holiday memories yet. ***We are pleased to honour 55% off to guests 13 yrs & under for reservations Dec.20-25 & Jan 5-7***
With the Official Opening weekend of Journeyman Lodge finally upon us, we couldn't be more stoked for another season seeing more and more guests embarking on new and inspiring winter backcountry adventures.
Regardless of whether you are ski touring, split-boarding, mountaineering or snowshoeing, it is critical that your #1 objective is to return safely. That means equipping yourself with the knowledge and skills to explore wisely. The AdventureSmart website (www.adventuresmart.ca) offers a wealth of helpful tips and guidelines on a variety of topics ranging from activity specific information to trip planning* and knowledge based programs.
As a starting point specifically for winter backcountry pursuits, we recommend taking the time to review this excellent KNOW BEFORE YOU GO resource page prepared by Backcountry Lodges of BC. It's loaded with pre-trip guides, resources and safety advice. You can also look into the multitude of AST courses being offered by region, here >>
Continuing on our commitment to raising awareness of backcountry safety & building an informed community of wilderness explorers, here at Callaghan Country, we're pleased to these host upcoming Skills Clinics & Courses:
We are excited to run a contest giveaway with the chance to win a 1-night stay for two people at our Journeyman Lodge; a full-service backcountry chalet set deep in the heart of Whistler’s Callaghan wilderness, 13.5 kilometres from the nearest road...getting there is part of the adventure!
Boasting genuine hospitality, deluxe meals, and 12,000 hectares of non-motorized alpine terrain, Journeyman Lodge provides comfortable accommodation for up to 24 people (15 singles) in eight private rooms with a range of amenities and adventures.
Spend the days exploring untracked Coast Mountain powder on skis, splitboard, snowshoes or cross-coutnry skis, then unwind in the handcrafted Scandinavian wood-fired sauna or in the Games Lounge.
Deluxe full-service meals, hot showers and crisp linens mix with the wood-fired Scandanavian sauna, billiards lounge, luggage transfer and river rock fireplaces to redefine alpine comfort.
ENTER CONTEST BELOW
Only applicable to our 2019 winter season opening weekend (December 13-16th 2019, must book these dates) on our Nightly Self-propelled Package*. Call us at 604-938-0616 or toll free 1-877-938-0616 to book your stay.
DOES NOT INCLUDE Ski Callaghan Admission or gratuities.
*Nightly Self-propelled Package: Ideal for enthusiastic cross-country skiers & snowshoers who are up for the adventure of an independent trek along the 13km route to and from the Solitude Valley where Journeyman Lodge is located.
This Package includes:
- Off-the-grid accommodation.
- All meals for each night booked (après-ski appetizers & a 3-course dinner, with a continental breakfast & bagged lunch + hot & cold non-alcohol beverages). DOES NOT INCLUDE lunch on arrival day (can be purchased separately).
-Return luggage transfer service (40lbs per guest + an extra set of equipment scheduled for Noon from base to lodge, 10:30am from lodge back to base).
- Use of lodge amenities including our Scandinavian Sauna, guest toboggans, & snowshoes. Mechanized transfer add-on available with luggage schedule at additional cost.
Winner will be drawn and announced on Friday, December 6th.
GOOD LUCK! WE LOOK FORWARD TO HOSTING YOU!
- Callaghan Country Crew
Last season we were honoured to host a crew of award-winning producers and athletes up at Journeyman Lodge. They experienced Callaghan Country's legendary pillows and pow along with that not-so-mythic early season neck deep skiing our guests are familiar with. This season we're celebrating in the pre-season stoke. Check out the OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR BLANK COLLECTIVE FILMS' LATEST FILM, “THE 7 STAGES OF BLANK”...
Anticipation. Inspiration. Creativity. Perseverance. Experience. Exploration. Satisfaction. These 7 Stages are designed to postulate a progression of the emotional stages during a ski season.
Watch as Rey, Godbout, Josh Daiek, Mike Douglas, Sam Kuch, Tony Lamiche, Mark Abma, Vinnie Gagnier, Evan McEachran, Barclay Desjardins, Jordy Kidner, Nico Vugnier, Jules Mandin, Andrea Byrne, Phil Langevin and the Whistler Freeride Club bring you on a journey through the 7 Stages of Blank, while taking a lighthearted look into the bond that develops around the sport of skiing.
From neck-deep pow here at Journeyman Lodge in Callaghan Country outside of Whistler, B.C., Mount Baker Ski Area, Washington and Lake Tahoe, California, to spine-tingling ascents and descents in Chamonix, France and Valais, Switzerland, to creativity gone wild in the terrain parks of Whistler Blackcomb, and an all-out assault on the awe-inspiring peaks that surround Whistler, Pemberton and Bralorne, B.C., The 7 Stages of Blank, which will premiere in Whistler on Saturday, September 28th at the Maury Young Arts Centre and later be released online for free through Salomon TV, will serve as one of the must-see ski movie events of the year.
For more on Blank Collective Films, visit blankcollectivefilms.com, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @blankcollectivefilms. #7stagesofblank #blankcollectivefilms
SUPPORTED BY: Salomon, Whistler Blackcomb, Après Lager, Comor Sports, Gogglesoc, Forecast Ski Magazine, Head, Rockstar Energy & Callaghan Country.
SKIING BY: Stan Rey, Alexi Godbout, Josh Daiek, Mike Douglas, Sam Kuch, Tony Lamiche, Mark Abma, Vinnie Gagnier, Evan McEachran, Barclay Desjardins, Jordy Kidner, Nico Vugnier, Jules Mandin, Andrea Byrne, Phil Langevin, Whistler Freeride Club
SHOT ON LOCATION AT: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C; Journeyman Lodge / Callaghan Country, B.C.; Mount Baker Ski Area, Washington; Lake Tahoe, California; Whistler, B.C.; Pemberton, B.C.; Bralorne Adventure Lodge / Bralorne, B.C.; Chamonix, France; Valais, Switzerland
PRODUCED BY: Alexi Godbout, Jeff Thomas, Stan Rey, Blair Richmond
DIRECTED BY: Jeff Thomas, Alexi Godbout
EDITED BY: Jeff Thomas
PRINCIPLE CINEMATOGRAPHY: Scotty Titterington, Blair Richmond, Jeff Thomas
ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY: Anthony Bonello, Hazen Wolson, Ming Poon, Carlo Mion, Wilbur Drake, Isaac Walden, Ryan Regehr, Flow Motion Aerials, Guillaume Broust, Alexi Godbout, Stan Rey, Whistler Blackcomb / Origin Outside, Brad Mcgregor, Mike Douglas, Switchback Entertainment
AUDIO POST PRODUCTION: Ridgeline Sound - Jeff Yellen
As the prime summer months approach, so too can we expect to see an increase in the volume of visitors to British Columbia's pristine backcountry. More and more of us are in search of solitude and adventure, and we're entering the backcountry with varying levels of exposure and experience. Statistics show that each year across Canada there are approximately 5,000 ground Search and Rescue incidents (approx. 1,600 in BC). They involve all types of outdoor enthusiasts, from hikers and skiers to backcountry travellers and boaters. All outdoor activities are assume-risk sports, and when we take these activities into the backcountry, these risks increase. Time spent gaining extra knowledge and skills can help reverse the SAR incident trend.
Cue in the valuable work of Canada's AdventureSmart search and rescue prevention program. Their goal is to give you the tools and knowledge to have a safe and enjoyable outing, regardless of your outdoor adventure passion. By following three easy steps, AdventureSmart believes that outdoor recreationalists will significantly improve their chances of survival should they become hurt or lost.
The AdventureSmart website (www.adventuresmart.ca) offers a wealth of helpful tips and guidelines on a variety of topics ranging from activity specific information to trip planning* and knowledge based programs such as the Hug a Tree and Survive program developed for Grades K-5, and the Survive Outside program for people aged 12-99. While an excellent launch pad, AdventureSmart information is intended as a guide and cannot be expected to replace approved and appropriate courses in outdoor survival, navigation, first aid, CPR, or emergency procedures. Planning, experience and education are essential for all safe, successful, wilderness trips.
*With the NEW AdventureSmart Trip Plan app you can easily create trip plans and send them to your family and friends.The app is available free in the Apple App Store for iOS devices and on Google Play for Android devices, and can also be accessed from any web browser.
Ideal for beginners and intermediate wilderness recreationalists, Callaghan Country's NEW Summer Backcountry Skills Clinics with local & established ACMG Guide, Dave Sarkany, are dedicated to raising awareness of backcountry safety and building an informed community of wilderness explorers. We've specifically designed these clinics to welcome outdoor enthusiasts to the niche learning curve of backcountry hiking and camping: Navigation Skills for Backcountry Pursuits will be held July 6th, and Competency for Wilderness Backpacking is scheduled for July 13 & 14 (Overnight Program). The clinic Instructor and Guide, Dave, has been active in our mountains and on the ocean since the early 1980’s, and has specialized in guiding for the last 20 years. As an longstanding Whistler SAR member, he can share locally nuanced survival wisdom from years of accumulated, field-tested observations.
Even when you're fully prepared, all it takes is a turn in the weather, mistake in judgment, unexpected injury, equipment failure, or sudden nightfall to quickly change any recreational outing into a crisis. Add to that, bad weather or injuries can lead to further delays and an extended crisis. It's a harsh reality that the deeper you head into the backcountry, the higher your risk that help may not arrive for several days. This is where Wilderness First Aid and Outdoor Emergency Courses can play a critical role. They differ from typical first aid classes which are designed for situations where emergency response professionals can get there quickly — you're trying to keep a person safe, while waiting for professional help to arrive. In additional to medical training and CPR 'C' certification, a Wilderness First Responder curriculum is supplemented with unique approaches required when responding in isolated and extreme environments. Supplementary topics can include leadership, critical thinking for outdoor/low-resource environments, and the wilderness medicine triad: hypothermia, hypoglycemia and hypovolemia.
Once you've acquired the appropriate knowledge and skills it's important to apply them regularly. Building your network of outdoor adventure comrades will align with more pursuits on your calendar and exposure to novel locations and environments. The South Coast Touring Facebook Group is an excellent online forum and community of mountain loving explorers. If you're still weary of your capacities there's even a new mentorship programme designed to connect mentors and prospective mentees.
"It is all right to talk about roughing it in the woods. But the real woodsman is the man who can be really comfortable in the bush." ~Ernest Hemingway
It's the most delicious time of year!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 22nd, when Journeyman Lodge welcomes hikers of all ages for a FREE PANCAKE BREAKFAST! Escape to a setting where food is found among the paths we walk, experience mountain camaraderie and explore nature at its best.
Don't forget it's a wee bit different getting to Journeyman Lodge in the summer…
Self-Drive and Hike:
Follow the Callaghan Lake Forest Service Road to Callaghan Lake. It is about 8.5km from the Alexander Falls base to Callaghan Lake on a rough road and it takes about 20 – 35 minutes. We recommend using a vehicle with good clearance (4WD preferred). The trail to the lodge begins about 250m before you reach the lake – look for the sign on your left. There is a small clearing just off the road – park here. From here, the hike is 4.5 km and will take between 1.5 – 2 hours depending on your ability and fitness level.
This is it folks, the end of another ski season...and what a season it was! First of all, thank you for visiting us this winter and for your continued support over the years. You are the reason we are working so hard to run this small business (of course, we think this place is pretty special too). Your stoke, smiles, feedback & encouragements for Callaghan Country are what help us keep going through hard times. Great things were accomplished this year, thanks to your support & the hard work of our Callaghan Country crew! For your reading pleasure, we've prepared a Winter 201819 - Season's recap...
With the Coast Mountains & Callaghan Valley getting dumped on, we enjoyed the visit of professional skiers Riley Leboe & Sam Kuch with the Wild Coast Creative crew shooting promotional materials for Head Ski. They weren't disappointed with what they found; waist-deep powder, pillow lines & drops. These guys made it look easy but trust us, it isn't.
By Christmas, our new lodge hosts, Aaron & Alisha, as well as returning Chef, Joe, were fully settled in and confident in their daily lodge operational routines. This marked the early phase of an exhaustive 18-day stretch over Christmas and New Year period. Well done guys! At the Alexander Falls Touring Centre, we saw record numbers of day skiers and snowshoers over the holidays. This was the perfect ambience to get us stoked for the rest of the season!
We are looking forward to seeing Double Decker Coffee Roasting in full swing next season. Whether you are visiting Callaghan Country for a day of XC Skiing, wilderness snowshoeing, backcountry touring, or an overnight adventure into Journeyman Lodge, Double Decker Coffee Roasting is sure to become an iconic respite for anyone visiting this location.
Here we are in April, the last official weekend of operations for the Ski Callaghan Nordic Trail network and one more bonus weekend April 13th & 14th...Winter 201819 in a blink. Once again, THANK YOU ~ We look forward to welcoming you all back next season!
If you've been watching our Current Conditions page, you may have noticed that the snow has been building up in the Callaghan Valley all winter long. Spring heralds the end of winter but brings us to the pinnacle of snowtravel landscapes. With an established snow base, longer days, and warmer temperatures, the valley unveils new amusements particularly satisfying to the curious and determined.
Ever wondered about those brown dotted lines on the Ski Callaghan Trail Map? They represent un-groomed, yet reasonably manageable routes through Ski Callaghan's wilderness. When properly equipped with light touring skis or snowshoes, the experience parallels with hiking and wilderness backpacking. Spring brings the notable allure of a full season of snow accumulation for expedient travel above the shrub and understory layers of the forest. This alleviates tedious bushwhacking and provides a unique perspective of the terrain. There's something about wilderness touring that's particularly errant; it's simply about exploring what's beyond the beaten path (aka groomed trail network). Just like wilderness backpacking, this form of recreation requires a sound awareness of the risks of the mountain environment, independent navigation skills, and may involve route finding through potential avalanche terrain. It's wholly self-reliant.
If you prefer sticking to the beaten path, the story is equally enticing. Contrary to popular belief, the warmer temperatures of spring can actually contribute to optimal groomed Nordic surfaces for both Classic and Skate disciplines of XC skiing. Have you ever heard the term 'hero snow'? It's a phrase coined by skiers to describe optimum conditions; the stuff that makes everybody look like a great skier. You see, by springtime, the trails are well packed...add the warmer temperatures to increase overall moisture levels and you have the ingredients for 'ideal' glide. As suggested in a Ontario Parks' blog feature on how to 'read' the snow, "Generally speaking, if the snow falls like talcum powder when you pick it up, it’s 'cold' snow. If you can make a snowball easily, it’s 'warm'. And if the snow is hard to clump, it’s 'ideal'.” INSIDERS TIP: Look for overcast skies. This will offer better surface consistency, avoiding the icy to slushy dichotomy of a sunny day.
And don't forget about the search for POWDER. Yes, it remains. A treasure for the truly talented backcountry tourer. There's still a snow base of well over 3 metres in the Solitude Valley! In addition to discovering fresh snow and glaciated terrain at the higher elevations, talented backcountry tourers will use this time to do some additional exploring. Spring is optimal for familiarizing oneself with new climbs and spotting next season's lines.
Boastful, but true…Callaghan Country’s natural landscape is picture perfect! Over the years Callaghan Country has drawn a number of renowned photographers and videographers, and for good reason; the terrain is diverse and impactful.
Of course, there are some special considerations when winter dynamics are at play. "The key is to pack warm, pack smart, & pack light" says Teague Chrustie, of Teague Chrustie Photography. Winter presents lots of brightness and occasionally washed out lighting, so be sure to bring along appropriate lenses and cleaning cloths. Teague recommends a graduated filter to darken the sky from overexposure, but allow for overall photo quality along with a circular polarizing filter to help pop the sky and minimize lens flare. Keeping an organized camera bag and packing a variety of cleansing cloths will help you manage moisture, and try your best to keep that camera bag closed as much as possible. Even when you get inside! Give it some time to come to room temperature before re-opening your camera bag and reviewing your day's work...the condensation damage can be irreparable. It's also wise to think about your hands: both a thin glove layer for precision shooting and some thick mitts to keep those shooting hands steady in between shots. Those chemical warming packs can be helpful for both your hands and packing in the same space as some extra batteries. Those extra batteries are another essential for extended shooting since cold temperatures are notorious for shrinking battery life. If you're spending the night at Journeyman Lodge and hoping to snag some low-light shots, the tripod is going to be your best friend.
Whether you're a budding hobby photographer or an Insta Influencer, snap that quintessential photo to gain you ultra bragging rights at one of these top Callaghan Country shot locations:
If you're looking for more photography tips we recommend checking out some of the excellent features published by our friends at The Outdoor Project.
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