This is the place to go for serious powder. Just got back from a 4 day trip. Huge variety of terrain - open bowls, trees, steeps, logging clear cuts. Fresh tracks every run all 4 days & no shortage of terrain for the next groups to set their own 1st tracks. This place caters to serious powder skiers / boarders with experience in the steep & deep. Not the place to go for the inexperienced (imho) but it rocks if you know what you are doing. 12 persons per cat + lead guide / tail guide. 3 cats running, 36 guests at any time - gives you a good opportunity to meet new people during your visit.
Our snowcat has a Ipod compatible stereo in it - bring your pod & a good play list to keep the cat rocking between runs.
The lodge is in the back-country, near the top of their terrain. Usually only a couple minutes to your 1st run of the day - no long commutes + last run is also usually close to the lodge - again no long commutes - just skiing / boarding. Fly in on a heli if the weather is good - always a blast flying in the heli.
The vibe is much different than heli-ski ops I have been to - younger, more snowboard oriented. Bar in the lodge gets fairly rowdy at night, depending on who is there.
Staff are super-friendly all the way around - guides, cat drivers, bar tenders, etc. Jeff, the owner, was also there on transfer days - super nice guy, really makes all his guests feel welcome. In talking with him, he gets why people come to Baldface - the steep & deep - which seems to be the whole reason he is in the business - his own passion for the steep & deep.
Food is good but not the focus of the trip. Continental breakfasts, lunches are a variety of sandwiches & snacks, which you eat in the cast between runs (no down time, which is appreciated ). Dinners are 3 course (salad, main, dessert) with a different meat each night for the main.
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