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Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country

04.11.16

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Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country

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  • Meadows + Solitude Loops Trail- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • High peaks above the Meadows + Solitude Loops Trail.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Meadows + Solitude Loops Trail.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Journeyman lodge in the heart of Callaghan Country.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Journeyman Lodge.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • En route to Journeyman Peak.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Backcountry ski tour en route to Journeyman Peak.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • En route to Journeyman Peak.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Fresh powder on the descent from Journeyman Lodge.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Fresh powder on the descent from Journeyman Lodge.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Groomer on the Mainline Trail, Callaghan Country.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Groomed cross country trails near Journeyman Lodge.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Loading the Cat for Callaghan Lake for another ski tour.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Arriving at the other side of Lake Callaghan.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Elsa enjoying the fresh white stuff at the Lake.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Group en route for a tour down Callaghan Country's North Shoulder.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • All smiles on the North Shoulder!- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Descending the deep snow on the North Shoulder.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • North Shoulder descent.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
  • Snowshoe to Alexander Falls.- Winter Backcountry Delights in British Columbia's Callaghan Country
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Spend a few days enjoying the deep powder of British Columbia's Coast Mountain Range. Revel in the pleasure of groomed cross-country trails that you'll have almost all to yourself. Relax in a quiet mountain sauna after a day spent outside. All this and more awaits visitors to Callaghan Country and guests who stay at the Journeyman Lodge. And even better, getting here means a 13.8-kilometer ski in via the Mainline Trail from the nearest road (a snowmobile ride is another option).

Callaghan Country is reached from the base at Alexander Falls ski center. Lodge staff will transport your bags, meaning you can bring all the gear you want and enjoy the few hours of skiing through the woods to reach your home base for the next few days. Journeyman Lodge sits at the center of Callaghan Country and offers what they appropriately refer to as "Rustic-Luxe" accommodations. The lodge is intimate, offering just eight private rooms. And the wood-burning, suits-optional Finnish sauna is the perfect place to relax your muscles after a long day of doing loops in the backcountry powder.

As far as things to do, there is no shortage of backcountry and groomed terrain accessible from the lodge. Head out cross-country skiing on the Meadows + Solitude Loops or snowshoe on the trails around the lodge. Some of the most accessible backcountry skiing terrain leaves right from the lodge to access Journeyman Peak and the North Shoulder. Snowcat service is available to reach other terrain in Callaghan Country, like that found at Callaghan Lake.

You don't have to stay the night at the lodge to enjoy Callaghan Country. For those wishing for a fun, relaxing day and who are staying at nearby Whistler, Squamish or even in Vancouver, a snowcat shuttle services the Alexander Falls Base. The lot closes at 4:30 p.m., however, so day-trippers need to make the most of their time and get an early start.

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Journeyman Lodge is a full-service backcountry chalet set deep in the heart of Whistler’s Callaghan wilderness, 13.5 kilometres (8.4 miles) from the nearest road. 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 or snowboard, then unwind in the handcrafted Scandinavian wood-fired sauna or in the Games Lounge.  Journeyman Lodge offers everything from professionally guided adventure packages to self-propelled wilderness quests to quiet weekends of reflection and solitude.

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