Sol Mountain's BC backcountry ski touring lodge 

is all about mountain living in style.

Though deep in the snow-bound Monashee Mountain Range south of the town of Revelstoke, Sol Mountain’s modern B.C. backcountry lodge leaves nothing out and little to chance: We have a full-service kitchen and bar, deluxe private bedrooms, a wood-stove heated sauna, ACMG-licensed guides, and high quality cuisine. Sol Mountain may be off the grid, but it’s hardly roughing it.

To perfect our amenities, we designed our backcountry ski touring lodge after visiting a half-dozen remote lodges. The self-sufficient lodge at Sol Mountain is a roomy three-story timbered alpine villa set at the edge of picturesque alpine meadow. With 10 rooms and 25 comfortable beds, the lodge sleeps 20 in our main lodge, with a separate sauna house and extra suite just outside.

Founded in 2004 by ski guide Aaron Cooperman and B.C. woodsman Dave Flear, Sol Mountain is close to terrain for all conditions and abilities. The bright lodge captures full sun from early morning and takes in long evening sunsets. Ski touring holidays here are trips back to the roots of skiing.

At Sol Mountain we care a lot about the many small yet critical details that comprise a perfect backcountry ski vacation: Details like the quality of food, beer and wine we serve and the comfortable beds our guests sleep in every night. During popular catered trips our chef serves meals to fit the needs of hearty skier appetites using the best regional produce. We’re ready for families with rooms that sleep four. Our living room is comfortable for après ski evenings and our massive drying room ensures everyone starts the day with dry gear.

Food and Cuisine

Photo by Paul Wright

Welcome Verdell as our new chef for the coming season.  Verdell creates meals that highlight the wide variety of food and wine grown locally here in British Columbia. Mornings begin with energy-intense breakfasts and guests head out with lunches packed. Ski days conclude with appetizers served in the great room of the Sol Mountain main lodge and are followed by hearty three-course dinners. Meals include fresh, inspired courses like barbecued organic rack of lamb rolled in roasted pumpkin seeds with lemon parsley-infused couscous. Or savory plates like tomato cumin soup with butter line croutons, filo-wrapped B.C. salmon with brie, grilled bison rib eye steaks with celery root mashed potatoes and Mission Hill red wine sauce. Our chef sticks with quality produce and a menu that includes all organic or naturally raised meats.

Local Beer and Wine

Photo by Paul Wright

Still a little-known secret outside of British Columbia, the Okanagan Valley to the west of us is a burgeoning wine region lined with vineyards. Though Sol Mountain is miles away from our nearest neighbor, we stock the bar with a wide selection of local wines and beers.  British Columbia’s fertile Okanagan region holds more than a dozen top-ranked Canadian wineries (such as Blue Mountain and Kettle Valley).  Our licensed bar is open during dining hours.  We have plenty of local varietals on hand which we pour at competitive rates.

Self-guided / Self-catered option

Photo by Paul Wright

For experienced backcountry skiers who prefer to explore new terrain on their own and enjoy cooking for themselves, the lodge is available to privately self-guided and self-catered groups. (Proof of prior backcountry skiing experience is required.) The lodge can sleep up to eighteen in a self-catered group and a representative from Sol Mountain remains present as a caretaker.  Add either catering or guiding to your trip, each is $65 / day.  Our catering includes full service - all housekeeping and dishwashing for a real holiday.

Aprés Ski

Photo by Steve Ogle

Visitors to Sol Mountain Lodge spend their evenings relaxing and regenerating for the next day’s ski tour. Relaxing includes stretching in our dedicated yoga studio, reading by the blazing wood stove, or sitting in the rejuvenating hot air of our Finnish-style wood-fired cedar planked sauna, which sits just a short walk from the main lodge. We also have a workbench available for tuning skis and gear repair.

Bedrooms

Photo by Steve Ogle

Ten separate bedrooms sleep two guests each with cozy duvets tucked into top quality high-density foam mattresses. Each bedroom has a double or queen bed and a twin. Six bedrooms are outfitted with an additional twin bunk to accommodate families. Bathrooms are shared by guests with five toilets and three showers in the lodge and, of course, hot running water. All linen is provided.

Families and Kids

Though remote and far from the ski hill, Sol Mountain's backcountry lodge is an ideal place for a family to enjoy a mountain holiday together. In contrast to the bulk of B.C. backcountry lodges, Sol Mountain has both the facilities and terrain for families. As a bonus, for children under 12, we only charge for the helicopter flight in. Kids of all ages are welcome and easily accommodated in our fully serviced and catered lodge. For those who do not backcountry ski tour, there is cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tobogganing, or simply relaxing in our comfortable lodge and enjoying the sauna. We have a wide
selection of kids’ toboggans, toys, and arts and crafts, as well as baby gear (like cribs and backpack carriers). Six of the bedrooms in the lodge can sleep a family of four as they are outfitted with one double and two single beds. We have two sets of AT ski rentals for kids (size 105 and 115 cm). Please reserve these in advance.

  • Photo by Steve Ogle
    Photo by Steve Ogle
  • Photo by Paul Wright
    Photo by Paul Wright
  • Photo by Steve Ogle
    Photo by Steve Ogle
  • Photo by Paul Wright
    Photo by Paul Wright
  • Photo by Paul Wright
    Photo by Paul Wright
  • Photo by Dave Wagg
    Photo by Dave Wagg
  • Photo by Steve Ogle
    Photo by Steve Ogle

 

 

“The lodge is more comfortable and the food more creative than ever, the whole team is doing a fantastic job, you all should be really proud of what you have built at Sol”
Fernando Pereira, Palo Alto, California