Dezaiko Lodge
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George Evanoff, the founder of Dezaiko Lodge, having spent many years exploring the surrounding ranges of the Rockies decided it was time to fulfill his dream of a backcountry ski lodge.

Our roots

George Evanoff, the founder of Dezaiko Lodge, having spent many years exploring the surrounding ranges of the Rockies decided it was time to fulfill his dream of a backcountry ski lodge.

George Evanoff, the founder of Dezaiko Lodge, having spent many years exploring the surrounding ranges of the Rockies decided it was time to fulfill his dream of a backcountry ski lodge.

By the summer of 1985, after months of planning and preparation, the building materials were flown into the lodge site.

By the summer of 1985, after months of planning and preparation, the building materials were flown into the lodge site.

The first "Dezaiko Lodge" was a wall tent where meals were served for the many friends who helped with the construction.

The first "Dezaiko Lodge" was a wall tent where meals were served for the many friends who helped with the construction.

Even way back then Bonnie had a love for wild flowers.

Even way back then Bonnie had a love for wild flowers.

With lots of helpers it didn't take long for the building to take shape.

With lots of helpers it didn't take long for the building to take shape.

One of the first jobs was to get the outhouse operational. By the way, it now has walls and a door.

One of the first jobs was to get the outhouse operational. By the way, it now has walls and a door.

On days like this the workers often became distracted by the surrounding vistas and needed to go for a hike to restore their focus.

On days like this the workers often became distracted by the surrounding vistas and needed to go for a hike to restore their focus.

Just as the autumn rains and snows came, the roof was on and worked switched to interior finishing

Just as the autumn rains and snows came, the roof was on and worked switched to interior finishing

George knew the area had lots of snow. It didn't take him long to wish he had raised the lodge higher off the ground.

George knew the area had lots of snow. It didn't take him long to wish he had raised the lodge higher off the ground.

Back in the early days, clothing was wool, boots were leather, and skis were skinny.

Back in the early days, clothing was wool, boots were leather, and skis were skinny.

George was an avalanche professional. He often carried explosives in his pack. Here he is about to "check" stability of a slope prior to skiing.

George was an avalanche professional. He often carried explosives in his pack. Here he is about to "check" stability of a slope prior to skiing.

Your present day hosts back in the early days.

Your present day hosts back in the early days.