British Columbia’s Largest Snowcat Operation Expands

NELSON, B.C. … Nestled in the heart of British Columbia’s majestic snow-filled Kootenay mountains, Baldface will open its 2001¿2002 season on December 15. Set on 36,000 acres (56 square miles) just outside of the charming town of Nelson, Baldface is off the beaten track, but right in the heart of it all. (Many people have had a sneak peak at this little town as it was featured in the film Roxanne, starring Steve Martin.)

This exclusive snowcat snowboarding operation offers solace and adventure in terrain filled with open bowls, gladed trees, and steep chutes, just waiting to be explored (and named!) by snowboaders from intermediate to expert abilities. You don’t have to take our word for it ¿ some of the best in the business have realized the diversity and abundance of Baldface terrain. It is no coincidence that Craig Kelly of Burton Snowboards has made Baldface his home mountain.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Baldface team. With so much varied, accessible terrain to work with so close to Nelson, I feel that Baldface has the potential to become the greatest powder experience in the world,” says Kelly. “There is truly something for everyone and I’m looking forward to taking guests and friends out into the spectacular Kootenays mountains.”

Guests at Baldface stay in a turn-of-the-century hotel, conveniently equipped with three bars and restaurants, right off Baker Street where there’s lots of fine dining and shopping opportunities. The culture, friendly people, diverse cuisine, and night-time amusement in this charming town add vitality and excitement to already-memorable Baldface experiences. Each morning, the group meets on the shores of Kootenay Lake and after a boat ride to the other side, the certified guides and a comfortable, heated Bombardier snowcat will escort skiers and snowboarders to the slopes of their dreams, over and over and over again. Last year, guests at Baldface averaged between 12,000 and 15,000 vertical feet each day, with some days as high as 17,000 feet!

Lead Guide John Buffery, who has had over 20 years of snow safety experience, boasts a perfect safety record with Baldface. John has been the lead Mountain Safety Consultant for dozens of feature films and commercials that include Cliffhanger, Imax Extreme, and Alive.

When guests aren’t crafting perfect powder 8’s, there are picture-perfect hot springs near by, and for those who want lift-accessed skiing, Baldface is minutes away from Whitewater Ski Area and Red Mountain in Rossland where lift tickets are less than $25 US dollars.

A three-day package, including accommodation, breakfast, lunch, a certified guide, and lots of skiing or riding, starts at approximately $800 US dollars. Packages can be upgraded (helicopter, suites, private air transport, etc.) upon request.

Baldface is easy to get to ¿ daily flights to Castlegar from Calgary and Vancouver set you 20 minutes from Nelson, and we are a three-hour drive north from Spokane, Washington.Visit for more detailed information.