Sunrise Lodge, Feb 9-16, 2019

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Join us for huge tours, great meals, and deep pow!

Sunrise Lodge is located at the headwaters of Wisted creek and offers stunning views of Rockies to the west and Purcells to the south. Sunrise is the southern gateway to the amazing Esplanade range, including Meadow, Vista and Sentry Lodges. Consensus among those who’ve spent time at all four Esplanade Range Huts though is that Sunrise is the best: best terrain, best for storm skiing, and best snowpack of the bunch!

You can expect lots of alpine, treeline and tree skiing here, with everything from gentle open slopes to steep pillow lines. Our last trip to Sunrise in 2017 was a big hit and so I’m happy to be offering another one for 2019!

Sunrise Lodge is located at the headwaters of Wisted Creek and offers stunning views of Rockies to the west and Purcell’s to the south. Sunrise is the southern gateway to the amazing Esplanade Range

  • 1200 square feet. Sleeps up to 16 people per night (12 guests, 4 staff)

  • 6 guest bedrooms / 2 guide bedrooms

  • Services: 2 outhouses, wood / propane heat, radio, limited cell coverage, water from Sunrise Lake, Heli pad

  • Full cellular coverage at Sunrise Lodge and in most places near the lodge

  • Brand new sauna built in 2014

  • Full solar upgrade in 2013 provides task lighting in all rooms of the lodge

  • New super high energy efficient Blaze King “Princess” fireplace installed in 2015

The lodge is equipped with AC power but does not WiFi/internet access at all. It also has a wonderful sauna for the end of the day. Beer and wine are not provided, but feel free to bring your own.


Dates: Saturday, February 9 to Saturday, February 16

Price: $2100 USD

Deposit: 50% payment secures your booking. Balance of payment is due 9 November 2018. Email for more details. 


  • Day trips, hut-based

  • Hut elevation 2134 m with 1200-1500 m/day tours on average (Relaxed Pace trip)

  • Non-glaciated terrain

  • Powder skiing

Getting to Golden, BC, Meeting Place, Staging Info

If you are flying from out of town the most convenient international airport is Calgary, about 3 hours east Golden.

Other options for flying include Kelowna (about 4 hours drive west of Golden) or Cranbrook (2h45 south of Golden). Driving from Vancouver to Golden takes about 7h30, from Spokane the drive is around 6 hours. There is a regional airport in Golden but it only handles very small charter aircraft.

Kicking Horse River Lodge is a great place to stay the Friday night before the trip (February 8). They can handle a group with room rates that start from around $40/night. Sorcerer customers get a discount but in order to get that you must phone them directly. They cannot offer this if you book through an agency such as It’s a nice timber frame building on the Kicking Horse River. We meet here Saturday night and breakfast is here Sunday morning so it is convenient. If you choose to stay here please book early. It fills quickly.  1-250-439-1112

The meeting place for your trip is at the Golden Alpine Holidays office  at 104, 806 - 9th Street North. Your meeting time is at Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 at 7:00 am Mountain Standard Time (MST). You are expected to sign your waiver at this time.  Flights to GAH lodges take place at our Helicopter Staging Facility west of Golden. Guests are required to get themselves to GAH Staging.



All fees paid are 100% non-refundable. We cannot be held liable for cancellations of any kind. Therefore we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation and evacuation insurance to protect you in the event that you need to cancel or there is an emergency during your trip. The American Alpine Club and Lifetstyle Financial (BCLBC Plan) both offer plans for trips like this that might interest you although we can’t personally vouch for them. Note that many credit cards carry this insurance for trips paid with the credit card — contact your credit card company to be sure.


We have an online Waiver of Liability that you will need to sign in order to register for participation in the ski trip. You can view a printable copy the waiver here: English Waiver and translated into several other languages (German, French and Japanese) here:  If you have any questions about the waiver please talk to your lawyer or let me know prior to registration so that I can either answer your questions or put you in touch with someone who can answer them.


Payment, Booking Conditions

A deposit (typically 50%; see the trip description for the exact amount) to secure your place is due upon booking. Final payment of balance is due 3 months in advance of your trip start date. You will be invoiced for your payments after you have confirmed your interest in the trip. Please note that deposits are absolutely non-refundable, and final payments (the remainder) are non-refundable after the final payment date.

Credit Card payments can be a good idea, especially if you have a card with trip cancellation insurance! Charges are made in USD (foreign payments are converted to your local currency at your card company’s rate). We charge an additional 3.5% fee for card transactions. If your credit card provides you with cancellation insurance for this trip indicate this on your registration form and we will lower the convenience fee to 2%.  Cancelled trips that have cancellation insurance are much less of a headache for everyone. Please consider this option. It could be a very affordable way to protect yourself. But look carefully into your credit card’s fine print to make sure this trip is covered.

Non Credit Card Payments from outside the US:

  1. PayPal: send money via PayPal to No charge to receive PayPal payments so long as they are complete and in USD funds (use the "Friends and Family" option to save the 3% fee).

  2. Venmo: send money to @RobertV-Coppolillo.

  3. Check: in either USD or in your local currency (e.g. EUR or CAD) at a rate that we agree on. No additional fee for check payments.

Mailing address: Please send checks in USD to Vetta Mountain Guides, 1305 Georgetown Road, Boulder CO, 80305