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By Bobby Lauterjung
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Nothing beats the freedom, the snow, or the thrill of backcountry skiing. Off the map, carving your own lines and charting your own path. Completely unplugged and tapped into nature. Remarkably, this experience does not exist in California. 

Until now. 

Heli-assisted skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, backcountry adventures, and a remote location -- Hideout Lodge will provide California the luxury lodge and ski experience traditionally only found in places like Alaska or British Columbia. Just a short drive from San Francisco, Sacramento, or Los Angeles, now you won't need to go far away to get far away.

Remote, raw, ready-to-explore nature at your doorstep. 

 

Your experiences on the mountain all day are only as good as the place you come back to. But don’t worry, Hideout Lodge has that covered, too. We have crafted the perfect place to dine, socialize and recharge ahead of the next day’s adventures.

Amenities include: a barrel sauna, hot tub, in-room massage, group and private yoga sessions, and world-class meals. There is nothing like this in the Southwest. Trust us, that’s why we’re launching Hideout Lodge!

With the help of these luxurious ameneties, we can open our doors to people of all levels and interests: From expert level splitboarders to first time backcountry adventurers; from couples wanting an exciting getaway, to pro athletes looking for a new challenge; from small businesses looking for the ultimate retreat, to anyone who needs a break from the city to reset, refocus and get inspired. 

We provide a flexible environment that gives you total ownership over your experience. You can come and go as you please and take advantage of the many activities and amenities on your schedule. It’s the ultimate getaway, on your terms. 

 

 

Ski touring and splitboarding at the Hideout is something you will never forget. Expect our staff to learn about your goals, inquire about your riding experience, and brainstorm tailored expeditions suitable for your riding ability. These daily expeditions can be short and sweet, keeping the lodge in plain view, or full day excursions that take you to places where no photo will do justice. With adventures for guests of all levels, it’s our intention to provide a safe and comfortable space for first timers and seasoned pros alike. For intermediate to expert level riders, we suggest adding our heli-assisted ski or splitboard tour to the Sierra Buttes. We’ve also secured discounted rates next door at Kirkwood Resort so you can ride Lake Tahoe’s steepest and deepest commercial runs before or after your stay at Hideout Lodge.

 

Hideout Lodge is located only a few hours from major California cities, making travel easy and simple. 

Upon arrival at the Hideout, you can access the lodge via an assortment of methods, depending on your preference. By foot, snowcat, snowmobile, or helicopter. 

 

We’re glad you asked! 

With your help, the lodge will launch in January 2018. We’re most of the way there, and have been working tirelessly to put all of the necessary pieces into place over the last year. Now that it’s time to execute, we need some help to get over the finish line. 

We still need funding to build out our website and marketing strategy, set to launch in October, pay our staff members and guides, get our winter vehicles ready for snowfall, and pay for the emergency services radio equipment. 

The first step is the website, to showcase Hideout Lodge and allow guests to start booking for Winter 2018. With our additional funding over the next month, that will be our first priority. 

In order to reach our goal, we've devised some great rewards for our supporters. Enhance your stay at the Hideout or even get priority booking! 

  

Led by Bobby and Mara Lauterjung, the Hideout family is made up of a diverse collection of individuals; mountain guides, outdoor enthusiasts, skiers, snowmobilers, parents, dog lovers, yogis, and more. We strive to make your experience with us truly unforgettable. 

 

 

 

We feel an increasing call to get the most out of life: We want to celebrate nature, enjoy neighborliness and community, and push the limits of what California winter recreation can be. We want to share this with as many people as possible and provide a safe place where people can take away unforgettable moments.

We would be so grateful for any funding as we get this dream off the ground. We are so close to launching and are trying to make our limited funds stretch. We’ve partnered with some incredible people, some even agreeing to go without pay until after the first year of operation because they believe in this project as much as we do. Your donations would make for an amazing first year, allow us to put our all into creating the best possible experience, and secure your priority booking during our limited-run kickoff season through the 2020 season. 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have come a long way from our first brainstorm session on what Hideout Lodge could become. We've had meetings and long chats with all types of people: California lawyers, accountants, the US Forest Service, safety experts, backcountry guides, sauna builders in Michigan, and so many others. There are a lot of moving parts when creating an all-inclusive and unique experience for other people, and we want to make sure we aren't leaving any details out.

The beauty, and challenge, of opening a winter lodge is that things will continue to change from one year to the next. We intend to expand our offerings and the number and style of accommodations in the next 2-4 years. We also hope to further our relationships with our partners so we can offer bigger helicopters, bolder experiences, and more freedom.

We want you to be involved and become part of our community. We want you to help shape the experience and grow with us in the years to come.

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    BASE

    Thank you for your donation! With this tier you will receive Priority Booking through the 2020 Season, a 2019 holiday card with access to available dates and an exclusive discount offer, and a rad Hideout Lodge sticker!

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    BUNNY SLOPES

    Everything from Base Tier plus a customized Hideout Lodge notebook and a poster of Hideout Lodge's map.

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    POWDER DAY

    Tiers 1-2 plus a digital recording of the sounds of the forest from Hideout Lodge.

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    All of the above and a free digital photobook of your stay at Hideout Lodge

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    FREESTYLE

    All previous tiers plus enjoy a customized swag basket waiting for you in your room upon checkin at Hideout Lodge.

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    KICKER

    Tiers 1-4, a mention on our website, and your choice of free massage or private yoga session when you stay at Hideout Lodge.

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    PRO

    All of the above and a voucher for one day's snowmobile rental when you stay at Hideout Lodge.

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    LEGEND

    Everything (but the kitchen sink!) This tier locks in your stay with us at Hideout Lodge - now all you need to do is select your dates of stay!

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