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Retallack is located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, renowned for some of the best ski and snowboard terrain in the world. They receive up to 14+ metres (45 feet) of snow per year, blanketing open bowls, glades, and tree skiing in a deep, consistently stable snowpack that on average amounts to 3 to 4 metres (10–13 ft). For the most part, the terrain at Retallack is steep and possesses numerous features that are only suitable for advanced to expert skiers. Retallack is famous for its consistent powder snow, steep tree skiing (which includes 800-year-old cedars), and pillow lines.
Retallack prides itself on ‘being in the right place. They have over 38 square kms (9500 acres) on three main mountain peaks called Reco, Wishful and Texas. These peaks and their long alpine ridge lines (Reco is 7 km long!) form perfect snowcat access drop off points at elevations between 7000′ and 8500′. Our lowest pick-up in the valley floor is at 3000’. Our runs are as long as 4200′, so we certainly rival helicopter skiing operations. The average run length is 1800′ (600m). The runs are consistent, uninterrupted, fall line skiing.
A simple description of this extremely varied, complicated, compact set of mountains is not possible. But, suffice to say that the two main north facing U-shaped cirques (Stenson and Robb creek drainages) provide runs on all aspects, with the majority of terrain on eastern and western exposures. This allows for the Retallack claim of powder snow until very late in the season.