Island Lake Lodge in Fernie BC is pleased to offer guided ski touring on our 7000-acres of spectacular land. A great mix of terrain including: alpine bowls, ridges, perfectly gladed trees and spectacular peaks make Island Lake Lodge a superb ski touring destination.

Scheduled Day Trip Dates 2016-2017 Season:      

  • December 28 – January 1
  • January 14, 15
  • February 18
  • February 19
  • March 11, 12
  • March 25 – close
  • **January 15 – Introduction to ski touring

Price: Day trips: $129 per person

Overnight Trips: Overnight trips are offered from March 25 to closing. Contact the Island Lake Reservation Team for more information on overnight stays.

Group Size: The guest to guide ratio is maximum 6:1. The maximum number of guests that can be accommodated is 12 per day.

Skill Level: Strong intermediate to advanced skier with good fitness and the ability to climb up hill on skis.  For beginners try January 15 – Introduction to ski touring.

Day Ski 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.
  • 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.
  • At 4:00 pm guests depart the Lodge in a snowcat for the parking lot.


  • Prior backcountry ski touring experience with a minimum of strong intermediate downhill skiing skills.
  • For first timers, we recommend the introduction to ski touring day on January 15th.

Ski touring equipment list PDF Here – Ski Touring Equipment List 

Equipment Rental: Ski touring equipment can be rented at the following locations:

The Guides Hut (phone 1-888-843-4885) or at the Gear Hub (phone 1.250.423.5555)

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.

Booking:  For more information on ski touring or to book at trip, contact the Island Lake Reservation Team toll free at 1.888.422.8754 or email at

Trip Cancellation: A non-refundable full payment is required 7 days prior to your touring date.

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From Our Customers

I have gone to many cat/heli operations in the past but this is the top notch!

This is my return trip to Island Lake and this time 8 from Japan have joined me. Seclusion, access to variety ski terrains, snowfall, food and the entire experiences are very well balanced, and supported by professionals.

Ike Miyan - Tokyo, Japan