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About

Welcome to Retallack, an exclusive backcountry destination located deep in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains in the famed adventure-laden West Kootenay region of southern British Columbia.

Whether you visit us to ski or snowboard in the winter, or to mountain bike in the summer, you’ll find no crowds, world-class riding conditions, great staff, and a laid back Kootenay vibe. All for a package value that is comparable to what you’d spend at an ordinary resort.

The Mountains

At Retallack, we like to stack up the down. Our extensive road network allows us direct access to the alpine in both summer and winter. On a typical day you can expect between 15,000 to 20,000 vertical feet of shred. Rest-assured, your legs will be screaming hot tub by the time we hit the lodge. Endless beauty days. Always. Click our Dirt and Snow pages to find out more

History

We trace our roots back 125 years and derive our name from Major John Ley Retallack – the previous owner of what was once one of world’s largest silver mines. Retallack is located on the old townsite, between the towns of Kaslo and New Denver, which once housed a swashbuckling mining town.

Our Culture at Retallack

We value each other and are committed to providing a safe, supportive and fun environment so that we are always healthy, motivated, and prepared. We work closely together, sharing goals and overcoming challenges. We admire and respect our collective talents and differences.

We admire and respect our collective talents and differences. We acknowledge that each one of us contributes to our operations and ultimately to our guests’ experiences’ with us. We acknowledge that each one of us contributes to our operations and ultimately to our guests’ experiences’ with us.

Our Team & Approach to Guiding

Great skiing, riding and amazing scenery is one thing, but sharing it with unique and memorable people is another. Our staff is made up of a blend of ‘Kootenay Folk’ who live the mountain lifestyle to the fullest. We ski deep, dry snow in the winters; and roam these same areas by bike in the summer.

The rugged landscape is in our blood – alpine peaks, valleys, forests, hot springs, glaciers, raging rivers, lakes, and an endless trove of secret treasures just waiting to be discovered. The Kootenays breed the type of people who define a culture that is both mellow and driven. Driven for adventure, but always taking in each moment.

Our professional guides and staff will welcome you with smiles, stories, and best of all – the experience required to share our skiing and riding with you in the best way possible. 

At Retallack, safety is always our Number 1 priority. All of our experienced guides are trained in client care , advanced first aid, mountain rescue, the safe operation of vehicles and aircraft, wildlife encounter procedures, and wilderness survival.

All of our decisions are made by riders for riders. We believe that life is too short not to ski deep powder, ride epic single-track trails, or revel and share good times with our friends. We value each of our guests and are committed to providing them with some of the “best days of their lives.”

Our Partners

We collaborate with some of the best companies in the universe.

Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship

The outdoors is where we play every day, therefore, we do everything in our power to ensure our impact is as minimal as possible. As a result, we’re a leader when it comes to the outdoor adventure industry, we were the first operation to receive the prestigious 4-Green Key Eco-Rating. Our lodge is completely self- sufficient and off-the- grid, with all of our power supplied by our own hydroelectric plant. Learn more.