A mountain oasis with helicopter parking out back

Nestled high in the Selkirks at 5400ft, Snowwater lodge is a remarkable 21-acre mountain oasis offering towering views of the Valhalla Range. Accessed only by helicopter, snowcat or snowmobile, it’s an exclusive retreat for just twelve guests at a time.


Initially established as a ski touring cabin, owner Patric Maloney and friends erected the main timber frame lodge in 1994. Handcrafted from larch and fir timbers, it's a solid structure able to withstand any storm.  Add fresh flowers, local artwork, leather furniture and fine dining, and the mystique of our haven begins to take shape.

Our guests have exclusive use of the buildings and facilities, and enjoy the camaraderie of only a dozen fellow skiers or riders. We offer all the creature comforts of city living, while maintaining the privacy and peacefulness of a wilderness mountain hideaway.

A key chapter in our story, is a commitment to sustainability and reducing our footprint to help preserve the very nature that makes our wilderness experience one of the best in the world. A spring-fed micro-hydro system powers our pristine off-grid location. The hot water and outdoor hot tub are heated by a wood fired-boiler system. Bio diesel fuels our generators, as well as our snowcat, and recycling is practiced daily.

Other companies buy carbon credits.  For the past 23 years, we have owned a forestry business where we collect millions of seedlings each year for reforestation.  In this way we hope to offset our carbon emissions.

Our guest lodges offer six guest suites, all with queen beds, ensuite bathrooms, and infloor heating. 


Creature comforts include slate floors, queen beds, fine linens, down duvets and pillows, Egyptian cotton robes and weatherproof slippers. Complimentary body care products, hair dryers and fluffy towels are found in the ensuite bathrooms, while wireless internet and cell phone access keep guests connected, if need be. There are dedicated drying rooms for boots, gloves and outerwear while sophisticated radiant in-floor heating comfortably creates and enhances a sustainable place to escape and dream. Guests tend to rave about the high standard of accommodations, and about the genuine ‘family feeling’ hospitality at our lodge.

Dining at Snowwater is a delicious departure from the ordinary.


Our philosophy is to design innovative cuisine that never fails to dazzle even the most sophisticated palate. The unique combination of impeccably sourced organic ingredients, featuring in-house smoked, cured or roasted wild game, indigenous berries, and an infusion of the freshest local flavors are assembled and professionally served to provide a culinary experience that is both vibrant and expansive.  Wholesome breads, pastries and ice creams are prepared in-house daily by our Red Seal chefs.

We have taken great care in our selection of wines and continually strive to add substance and something "new and surprising" to the wine list.

Special dietary needs can be easily accommodated.  Please make sure you specify these at the time of booking.

A few seasons ago we had a dream to build our very own custom wine cellar.


In the summer of 2013 we expanded the main Snowwater Lodge to accommodate a professional kitchen, Forno pizza oven, a bar & games room, and a world class wine cellar. We had it custom designed to store our ever-evolving collection, as well as to allow for client viewing of our showpiece wines. While you are at Snowwater, we want you to treasure every experience from the deep powder outside to our unique mountaintop flair.

The founder of Snowwater, Patric Maloney, is also our in-house certified sommelier. Patric thrives on travelling the world to bring home hidden treasures to share with you. His passion for wine spills over into the Snowwater experience as he often cracks open a perfectly paired bottle to accompany the evening specialty.

Welcome to the Snowwater Bar!


Located in the lower level of the Snowwater Lodge you will find this great room to relax, grab a fresh brew from the taps, enjoy a drink from the bartender or try something straight up! Of course no bar is complete without darts, fooseball and some comfy leather chairs. If you've come to let loose in the mountains you will defnitely find yourself spending some time in this room.

Be sure to sign up in advance as space is limited. You can even reserve your spot when you book your trip just to be sure.


After a deep day of shredding Kootenay powder you might want to help those muscles recover with a relaxing massage. Snowwater has massage therapists on staff for each trip.

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