Skiing at Battle Abbey Backcountry Lodge

Skiing at Battle Abbey Backcountry Lodge

Supreme Skiing & Breathtaking Vistas

Only accessible by helicopter, Battle Abbey is the epitome of remote mountain experiences. Established in 1978 by Hans Gmoser (the founder of CMH), Battle Abbey's world-class terrain offers a wide array of adventures for intermediate to expert backcountry ski tourers and split-boarders. From steep tree skiing below the lodge to high alpine bowls, couloirs and long glaciated runs above, there is Supreme Skiing for all weather conditions. For the thrill seekers, join our certified guides up rugged peaks, scramble over ridges and explore rarely ventured terrain. Hosting up to 10 guests and 4 guides, Battle Abbey offers the ability to ski in small groups and conquer big and small missions alike.

Looking for a remote experience without the skiing? Battle Abbey's strikingly private mountain location allows you to immerse yourself in the backcountry from the comfort of the lodge. Drink espresso overlooking the breathtaking vistas, rejuvenate your body in a cedar sauna, or read your favourite book next to a crackling fireplace.

Read more about the history of Battle Abbey Backcountry Lodge. 

12,000Acres

Skiable Terrain

12,000 acres of exclusive terrain in the Selkirk Mountains. No helicopters, snowmobilers or stragglers in sight.

Battle Abbey Terrain Map 

7M

Average Snowfall

7 meters of annual snowfall which is 3.5x the height of LeBron James.  We recommend packing your powder skis. 

2200M

Lodge Elevation

Battle Abbey Lodge is perched high in the Selkirk Mountains surrounded by storied peaks and tumbling glaciers.

What's Included

We understand life is busy and your time is valuable. Long gone are the days of organizing car rentals, planning food for the week and researching the best lines to ski. We designed Battle Abbey to be an all-inclusive yet exclusive experience. Leave the planning at home and let us take on the details so you can focus on what you want: Supreme Skiing!

Accommodation at Battle Abbey

3000 square feet of comfortable living space including cozy rooms, a lounge area, a dining area, a boot room and hot shower facilities.

Read about our major renovation plans for summer 2024.

Food, coffee and extras

Refuel with farm to table culinary creations and stay caffeinated with our espresso bar.

Ground Transportation to/from Calgary International Airport

Skip the driving and meet our private transfer provider at the Calgary Airport.

Helicopter Transfer from Golden, BC to Battle Abbey

Enjoy a 15 minute scenic flight through the breathtaking Selkirk Mountains.

Safety Equipment

We provide all guests with airbags, transceivers, probes, shovels and radios. 

Read more about safety at Weber Powder.

Certified Guides

All Battle Abbey guides are fully ACMG or IMFGA certified and/or are pursuing the various levels of the ACMG or IMFGA certification. 

Lodge Staff

Two dedicated lodge staff and your private chef onsite to ensure the best mountain lodge experience after a great day of skiing. 

Waiver

Read and understand Weber Powder's waiver by clicking here.

Itinerary

We recommend arriving in Calgary a day prior to your trip to ensure a smooth start and avoid any potential travel delays.

Day 1: Inbound

Meet your Weber Powder driver in the lobby of the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel at 7:45AM. Enjoy a scenic 3 hour drive through the majestic Rocky Mountains meeting your helicopter pilot in Golden, BC for a 15 minute (45km) flight into Battle Abbey. Upon arrival at the lodge enjoy a light lunch and jump into a backcountry safety orientation. Depending on the available daylight, you may have time for a quick tour before sunset. After your orientation or quick ski, indulge is an apres'-ski spread, settle into the lodge and savour dinner at 7PM. Explore our carefully selected wine list featuring offerings from the Okanagan Valley, renowned as Canada's top wine-producing region

*Days 2-4: Supreme Skiing

Kickstart your day at the espresso bar which opens at 7AM followed by breakfast served at 8AM. During breakfast your guides will discuss the trip plan for the day and set a departure time (typically around 9AM). Hit the uptrack for a full day ski touring in the Battle Range with lunch served mountainside. Once your legs are tired and the sun begins to set, retreat back to the lodge and enjoy apres' ski at Battle Abbey where the saunas are hot, eats are good and vibes are high. Finish the day with dinner served at 7PM.

Day 5 - Outbound

By now, you are accustomed to mornings at Battle Abbey: coffee > breakfast > ski! Pack your bags, drink coffee, eat breakfast and hit the uptrack once again. After a morning of skiing you will return to the lodge around 11AM and prepare for the helicopter flight at 12PM (weather dependant). In Golden, a driver will be waiting to escort you back to Calgary International Airport marking the end of an amazing trip. We do not recommend booking a flight out of Calgary this evening as weather delays can impact timing.

* Six and seven day trips add an additional full day (or two) at the lodge to explore following the same inbound/outbound itinerary.

Getting Here

Battle Abbey is easy to access yet perfectly private. We arrange private ground transportation from Calgary International Airport to our staging area in Golden, BC. From the base in Golden, Battle Abbey is a scenic 20 minute flight into the backcountry.

Self Driving

If you are interested in driving to Golden, please arrive at the staging area (Alpine Helicotpers) at 11AM. Parking is available in a fenced parking lot.

Helicopter Transfers

Looking to save on time? We can arrange a private helicopter transfer directly from Calgary International Airport to Battle Abbey.  Contact us for more information.

Charter Flights

Golden Municipal Airport (CYGE) is equipped with a paved 4,500 ft. x 75 ft. runway, several taxiways, parking areas a weather station and aircraft fuelling facilities. Please contact us if you are interested in a charter flight or would like to land a private aircraft in Golden.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there WiFi at Battle Abbey? 

Yes, the lodge is equipped with Starlink high speed internet so you can stay connected with your loved ones. To make the most out of your experience at Battle Abbey we recommend keeping electronics at a minimum and immersing yourself in the surroundings. 

Do I have to pay a Single Supplement if I am travelling alone? 

No, we do not charge additional for single travellers however we may room you with another solo traveller of the same gender. 

Do I need experience ski touring or split-boarding to visit Battle Abbey? 

We recommend all guests interested in ski touring or split-boarding at Battle Abbey are intermediate skiers or riders with some experience in the backcountry. Battle Abbeys terrain is considered challenging with several pillow fields, steep slopes and trees. We also welcome guests who would like to immerse themselves in the backcountry from the comfort of the lodge. 

Since Battle Abbey is heli-accessible only, what happens if we cannot fly in on exchange days? 

Due to the remote nature and rugged conditions of Battle Abbey, weather can (on rare occasions) affect our ability to fly into the lodge. Safety is always the number one priority which is why we work with the amazing team of skilled pilots at Alpine Helicopters who constantly monitor conditions and decide when it is safe to fly. If an overnight delay occurs, guests will stay in Golden and attempt to fly into the lodge the next day returning to the regularly scheduled program. We strongly recommend all guests purchase trip interruption, trip cancellation and medical insurance to cover unforeseen events such as a weather delays. 

How many meters of climbing do you average in a day? 

Depending on the groups overall fitness, we typically range from 1000-2000m of human powered elevation gain per day. This program is best suited for individuals with a strong sense of fitness and ski ability. If you are wondering what to rate your ability, check out our fitness and ability descriptions here

Can you accommodate dietary needs? 

Yes! At the time of booking, we collect all dietary information to allow time for our culinary team to plan in advance. 

What happens if I need to cancel? 

Please reference our Terms & Conditions for a complete overview of our cancellation policy. We strongly encourage all Weber Powder guests have adequate trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance to cover any unforeseen events. 

Why do you provide safety equipment and airbags? Other lodges let me bring my own... 

We provide our own fleet safety equipment that is standardized and maintained by our guiding team. This ensures all equipment being used is in the best working order and means you have one less thing to pack. Read more about our safety gear here.

Should I leave a gratuity for staff?

If you'd like to show your appreciation to the team for their service during your stay, it's warmly welcomed. Tips are distributed equally among the staff who assisted you during your visit. We refrain from suggesting specific amounts as tipping customs vary across cultures. However, if you're curious about the customary practice in Canada, it's generally around 10% of the total trip cost. Gratitudes can be settled in cash or via credit card before you depart the lodge.

Your base for exploration and relaxation.

Battle Abbey merges old-world mountain charm with modern creature comforts creating an atmosphere of relaxation. Originally constructed in 1978 by Hans Gmoser, Bill Putman and their friends, Battle Abbey lodge boasts a traditional European stone, post and beam design. After undergoing five significant renovations, it now offers over 3000 square feet of distinguished living space over three levels.

Lodge amenities:

  •  Breathtaking views
  • Five curated guest rooms
  • Lounge room with fireplace
  • Glass encapsulated lounge area
  • Two indoor restrooms
  • Hot shower
  • Large boot room for gear storage
  • Chef prepared meals & snacks
  • Complimentary espresso bar (serving locally roasted beans)
  • Wine cellar + bar
  • Cedar sauna
  • Wi-fi

Building on the rich history and character of Battle Abbey, read about our 2025 program changes and summer 2024 renovation plans. 

Book Your Trip

Single Trip

Ski at Battle Abbey Backcountry Lodge

Single trips range from 5 to 7 days and start at $4,890 per space. The trip cost includes ground transportation from Calgary International Airport, inbound/outbound helicopter flights, lodge accommodation, gourmet dining, lodge staff, four ski guides as well as all safety equipment.

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Starting at

$4,999.00CAD

Deposit

$1,499.70CAD

Lodge Takeover

Ski at Battle Abbey Backcountry Lodge

Lodge Takeovers range from 5 to 7 days and start at $48,900 for your group up to 10 guests. Pricing includes exclusive use of the lodge and tenure, private ground transportation from Calgary International Airport, inbound/outbound helicopter flights, gourmet dining, lodge staff and 4 ski guides as well as all safety equipment..

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Starting at

$49,990.00CAD

Deposit

$14,997.00CAD