KMC Editor-in-Chief Mitchell Scott and contributing photographer Dave Heath recently spent a week at Mount Carlyle Lodge in the Selkirk Mountains just north of Kaslo, BC. Owned by Brian Cross, aka “Bald Bomber”, a Slocan Valley farmer and Kootenay backcountry lodge owner for over 30 years (Cross is a 50% owner of the iconic Valhalla Mountain Lodge). The trip offered a mix of conditions that saw everything from flurries to sun to a huge wind event, and we were able to travel deep and far, seeing a ton of the incredible terrain that exists in the tenure. Look for the full feature of the Kootenays amazing Backcountry Lodge scene as experience through one of its most enigmatic and experienced lodge owners in next winter’s KMC, the Smart Issue. Thanks to Bomber, Eryn Prospero and the Carlyle staff for an incredible trip!

Misty, these are the shots you can see right from the lodge, sick.
The Bomber diving into an icicle shot.
Looking down the Three Muskateers, a classic line just an hour’s tour from the lodge.
Touring out of Carpenter Creek drainage with the sky firing.
A little nip on the way back down to the lodge, see if you can see it in the photo.
Lonely Larch. Beautiful tree skiing at the Carlyle.
Dave Heath touring through the Lumber Yard
Snowbows follow the Bomber wherever he goes.
Looking across at the Lumber Yard.
The view of the sauna.
Epic pillow fields in the Rock Garden, a stone’s throw from the lodge.
A view of Mt. Haylen from the lodge. So much epic skiing. It would take a lifetime.