Vitamin Ski PHD

October 18, 2022

“Most amazing experiential mountain course ever. Mel and Brendan are the best mountain coaches i’ve had. April felt like mid winter with endless POW!”

PHD Graduate & Guest Editor
Jean-Marc La Flamme

This 5 day program featuring Mel and Brendan as our experienced ski guides helped us grow and develop our touring and mountain skills making us a more competent recreationalist while supporting us going deeper into the backcountry for fresh tracks! Coming out of this course we gained more confidence in decision making in the mountains to support us having more safe and successful days in the backcountry!

We covered

  • Route planning and finding with maps and digital devices
  • Interpreting Weather and Avalanche forecasts
  • Terrain selection for up tracks and fresh tracks
  • Hazard and Snow Pit Analysis
  • Rope and Avalanche Rescue
  • Shred Posse Management

See the photos for insight!

Yoga and Hiking Retreats

May 15, 2018

With a peaceful mind and an open heart, come rejuvenate in the Kootenays for a yoga and hiking retreat.

  • Guided Hiking on beautiful trails
  • Fully equipped 12 person lodge nestled in the Selkirk Mountains
  • Stunning views of Kokanee Glacier and wildflower meadows
  • Sunrise and sunset yoga

2022 Carlyle Retreat Dates

  • July 15 – 18, 2022
  • September 16 – 19, 2022


Footsteps Eco Adventures


Winter Rapidly Approaching

October 28, 2015

A recent trip up to the lodge found us ankle-deep in pow, filmmaker and photographer Derek Frankowski tagging along for some high-lonesome-country time; that’s him wayyyy down below in the approach to Carpenter Pass.IMG_1148 - Copy

Safely deposited in the cozy lodge zone, Derek took advantage of the changing weather to film and photograph the surroundings as part of an upcoming project! (pics coming from DF soon- in the meantime, if you haven’t seen Lifecycles the film, here is a link to his site- Enjoy!)


August 26, 2015


The vision of Mount Carlyle Lodge owner Brian Cross, small guided groups can retrace the footsteps of historic miners through the substantial summer tenure; whether you’re a geologist by trade or interest, a history aficionado or a dyed in the wool hiker, the Sourdough route is stacked with views, vistas and stunning surroundings.

– from an article about Mount Carlyle Lodge’s Sourdough Trail by Tyler Austin Bradley. Read the whole thing on Mountain Weekly.

All the way from the Adirondacks

July 26, 2015

Hope you are well. I thought that you would like this photo from a backpacking trip we were just doing along the Moose River in the Adirondacks. That is my six year old Owen.
– Craig

Happy New Year!

January 30, 2014

Mount Carlyle’s New Year’s week went off with a bang! Great snow, good friends, delicious food, and fun parties!!


The Sourdough Trail

May 27, 2013

Fall Reflection | Photo: Dave Heath


The SourDough trail….A Spectacular Kootenay Classic . 3 days /2 nights of casual hiking along a high elevation , grassy ridgeline, overflowing with wildflowers, camp beside alpine lakes, while being surrounded by 5 different mtn ranges. A photographers dream.
What’s SPECIAL about this hike is you only need a day pack !! That’s right NO Heavy pack. At both nights camping sites we have located “stash” boxes , supplied with all camping supplies, along with all non-persihable food supplies. Read more about it here…

Summer will be here soon

May 16, 2013

summer poster 2013

April 2013

April 9, 2013


This past week Carlyle Back country Lodge had the pleasure of hosting Julie and Caroline Vanthoff. A Dutch female team of Journalist and photographer; and ripping skiers. Both ladies have been hanging out in Nelson and area for this past ski season. They feel in love with the Kootenays, our mountains, and our rockin’ ski culture. So much so they are trying to find ways and a means on moving to our area. More creative souls to add to eclectic kootenays vibe.

Anyways we had a great time , Fine April wx and snow conditions, 4m snowpack, low Avi hazard, Sun ( just enough cloud to keep the conditions A-1), Plenty of fresh snowfall, and “perrrfect” spring temps (-5C to -10C).

The girls had never experienced a back country ski touring lodge before , and the only touring they had ever done has been Euro-style and in N.American “slack country”.
Being in a remote lodge with only a small select group of touring keeners, unlimited terrain and not a soul around for miles. Mtns as far as you can see ( 5 different scenic Mtn ranges) was hard for them to fathom (nothing like the crowded Euro-scene).They were in heaven. They’ll be back!

Check out the photos of our trip.

Thank you Mount Carlyle and Backcountry Skiing Canada!

April 3, 2013

cetificate photo

“I better dig out my powder sluice box because I recieved a letter in the mail that certifies I have hit the motherlode! So happy I could yodel. Thank you Bomber and the folks at Mount Carlyle Lodge for providing such a killer prize and thanks to Backcountry Skiing Canada for a great contest.”


George Oulton

It is a Way of Life

March 29, 2013

Thanks to Milada P. from Slovakia for sending us this quote.


“Whatever degree of skill a skier may possess, they should never forget that their skis are after all only an instrument, a means through which they can enjoy the winter in all it’s glory and ruggedness, can breath clean fresh air , can meet human beings in their true character, and can forget all the petty troubles which beset our so-called civilization. These are a few of the reasons why skiing is not merely a sport- IT IS A WAY OF LIFE.

Otto Schniebs, 1936

I want to leave ski tracks, not a skid mark

March 20, 2013


Some wisdom from the hills by Peter Lev, who was up at Mount Carlyle this winter.

March 17th-23rd 2013

March 17, 2013


A little video the group from the 17th of March put together…enjoy!


Backcountry Purist Adventure at Mount Carlyle Backcountry Lodge

January 20, 2013

New Years at Carlyle

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year to all the Carlyle powder hounds out there!!