welcome to ruby 360 lodge
44 years perfecting the Ruby Dream
Each winter since 1977 we have been creating memories that will last a lifetime with backcountry helicopter skiing and snowboarding trips in the Ruby Mountains, hosting guests from all over the country for three day and single day all inclusive packages. Now after 44 years, we are expanding our winter service and attention to detail to offer summer three day and single day all inclusive summer packages.
Throughout the years, the Ruby family has earned a reputation as one of North America’s best kept secrets. From guest experience, dining and accommodations to guide expertise and education- our focus is on you to ensure we go above and beyond your expectations.
Ruby 360 Lodge is located at an elevation of 7,000 feet at the base of Conrad Creek in the Ruby Mountains, a 10-minute drive from Lamoille. Construction began in June 2016, and the doors were opened to our first winter guests in January 2017. Ruby 360 Lodge is host to Ruby Mountain Helicopter Skiing, a backcountry guiding service with a reputation of providing comfortable lodging, memorable culinary experiences, personal attention for each guest and some of the best ski terrain in the United States.
Guests at Ruby 360 Lodge will enjoy stunning 360 degree panoramic views of the Ruby Mountains and Lamoille Valley. The Lodge is a 10,000 square-foot luxury facility, offering an exceptional location for your trip or any event. The Ruby 360 Lodge staff will be working for you, providing service that carefully and professionally attends to each and every detail, creating memories never forgotten.
“I look forward to waking up each day, in this incredible place. Being able to be here, putting our passion into a family business for 40+ years has been a dream come true."
I am Francy Royer, thankful to have made choices that eventually landed me in Lamoille, Nevada. I grew up in Upstate New York and ever since I can remember have always had a passion for inspiring others through cooking and putting love into all of the things I put on the menu. My love for food helped me travel across the country in the early 1980’s where I started working as a pastry chef at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Utah. In 1984, my friends invited me on a ski trip out to the little known Ruby Mountains where I met Joe, who was my guide.
“My entire life has been guiding people in the mountains. It’s been a great ride.”
I grew up on the west coast just north of San Francisco. After graduating from high school, I embarked on a life of traveling, surfing in Mexico, working as a logger in Alaska landing in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. A skier since the age of two, it was a perfect place to climb and ski.
In 1971-72 I got a job with the Snowbird ski patrol. It was the first year for the ski resort and the education that followed was an education one can’t buy. Doing avalanche mitigation and skiing was a dream that came true. During the summers, skiing in the Southern hemisphere for a few months, then surfing and summer work in the Wasatch Range. I would travel back and forth from Utah to the west coast and would look out into the ranges of the great basin. Going by Elko, Nevada was always a mile stone on the two-lane road, and looking to the east a terrific Mountain range rose from the desert. The Ruby Mountains.
“There’s got to be some skiing out there.”
With experience from Utah, I began Ruby Mountain Helicopter Skiing. I settled in the town of Lamoille, in 1977 worked with a series of partners, met my wife Francy in 1984 who turned out to be the best partner of all. Together they purchased the operation in 1986 and operated from a number of different locations. Michael Royer was born in 1989. Francy, Mike and myself continue to operate one of the premier helicopter skiing services in the world.
As a family, we constructed Ruby 360 Lodge in 2017, where guiding operations continue, both summer and winter. While continuing to participate as an aging athlete, I join groups in the field as most of the guiding is headed up by Mike Royer.
For the most part it’s never been like working. The best reward is when a guest comes off the mountain, stating “that’s the best day of my life.”