Selkirk Lodge Jan 5-12, 2019

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The best in Selkirk Powder Skiing!

Dates: Saturday, Jan 5 to Saturday, Jan 12, 2019

Price: $2,500 CAD/person (Currently $2,029 USD / €1,755 / £1,565) + 5% GST

Deposit: 50% payment secures your booking. Balance of payment is due 15 September, 2018. See Payment and Booking Conditions tab for details

Join us for a week of guided and catered skiing out of Selkirk Lodge. We will meet early in Revelstoke, BC, on Saturday January 5th, helicopter into the lodge and fly back out the following Saturday, January 12th, 2019. During our stay we will have two ACMG certified Mountain Guides leading the groups on day trips from the hut each day. Each evening we will return to the very comfortable lodge to relax, hang out with friends and enjoy delicious meals prepared by the cook.

The cozy, comfortable lodge accommodates up to 14 skiers. It is light and bright, with spectacular views in every direction. The lodge is equipped with shower, indoor plumbing and 12 V solar power with a backup generator.

Selkirk Lodge provides exceptional access to an endless variety of tree skiing and big glacier runs providing excellent backcountry skiing and snowboarding options. Sitting at 2,165 metres (7,100 ft) on a small sub-alpine knoll, Selkirk Lodge enjoys grand views of high summits, nearby ice fields and the deep wild valleys of the Albert Range of B.C.’s Selkirk Mountains. There is an elevation band of over 1,525 vertical meters (5,000 ft) of skiable terrain. There are also numerous runs with vertical drops of over 900 m (3,000 ft) or more, with several over 1,375 m (4,500 ft), all easily accessible from the lodge. Sunny days will find you high up on the glaciers and in the alpine, laying tracks in Selkirk champagne powder. 

The mild winter temperatures and abundant snowfall contribute to a generally stable snow pack, averaging 2.5m in early January and over 5m in April. It snows a lot! Yet the snowy weather is no problem, with over 600 m (2,000 ft) of tree skiing right outside the door. Face shots, anyone?

A printable version of this information package can be found here.

Logistics

We will meet in Revelstoke early on the morning of Saturday, January 5th, 2019. Final details on meeting time and place will be sent closer to the trip. From here we will drive West of Revelstoke for about 30 min to the staging area near Albert Canyon where we will fly into the lodge.

Please be on time: However, if for some unforeseen reason you cannot make it, please give us a call ASAP to help arrange alternate transport to the lodge. Call Tom Wolfe at 403-707-9996; Conrad Janzen at 403-760-0887; and/or email selkirklodge@xplornet.com

How to get to Revelstoke

Revelstoke Mountain Resort has put together a web page on How to get to Revelstoke by Air that is very useful.

We recommend you fly into Kelowna airport, which is 2.5 hrs in good weather by road from Revelstoke. From there, you have a few options:

  1. Scheduled airport transfers. Visit Revelstoke Airport Transfers for a comprehensive guide to your options.
  2. Rent a car at the airport which of course is very convenient. Renting for the week is recommended over one-way drop-offs, and carpooling with other people in the group helps share the cost of the week-long rental.
  3. Another option, if your group can coordinate together, is to arrange a private airport transfer. Visit Revelstoke Airport Transfers  for options and contact details. From Kelowna, this costs about $550 USD each way for a max of 20 persons, so that comes to about $1100 USD or $80 USD per person for the round trip.

There are also direct flights from Vancouver to Revelstoke. I can’t recommend this though because the airport in Revelstoke is not reliable in bad weather and it really is not worth the risk of being delayed and missing your heli flight into the lodge.

We look forward to spending the week together with you and exploring the amazing ski terrain that Selkirk Lodge has to offer!

Equipment List

Difficulty

  • Day trips, hut-based
  • Hut elevation 2200 m with 1600-1800 m/day on average (Strong experienced group)
  • Glaciated terrain
  • Powder skiing and ski mountaineering

Equipment List

Packing Notes:

A gear list for the week is attached below. Despite being a mid winter trip you should bring ski crampons. They can make a big difference even on a powder skiing week at times. If you have any difficulty obtaining these please let me know. I have some spares and can likely set you up with a pair. You will need a climbing harness with several locking carabiners. Please ensure that it fits comfortably over your ski clothes. A light weight ice axe may be useful for some of the lines in the area, especially late season (late March-April-May) but if you don’t have one or aren’t interested in that kind of skiing then don’t worry about bringing one. We have extras at the lodge in any case.

The lodge is equipped with 110 VAC power and does have limited Wi-Fi internet access. It has a great ski repair area and several sets of high quality skis if you would like to try something different during the week. It also has a wonderful sauna for the end of the day, and beer and wine are available to purchase at the lodge

Selkirk Lodge – Ski Touring – Equipment List

Clothing

  • Wool or synthetic ski socks and liner socks
  • Long underwear top – synthetic or wool
  • Light fleece or wool sweater
  • Wind shell – nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type jacket
  • Waterproof breathable jacket (i.e. Gore-Tex)
  • Warm insulated jacket – down or synthetic
  • Long underwear bottoms – synthetic or wool
  • Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants
  • Waterproof breathable pants (i.e. Gore-Tex)
  • Warm hat – wool or synthetic
  • Brimmed cap for sun protection
  • Face warmer – scarf, neck tube or balaclava (optional)
  • Light gloves – wool, synthetic or leather
  • Insulated gloves or mitts with waterproof outer shell
  • Spare gloves or mitts
  • Handkerchief for blocking the sun (optional)

Snow Safety Equipment

  • Digital avalanche beacon with good batteries (and spares)
  • Shovel
  • Probe (2.4m or longer preferred)

Travel Equipment

  • Skis or split board
  • Ski strap
  • Ski or snowboard boots
  • Poles
  • Climbing skins
  • Skin wax (or a candle)
  • Any binding repair items to fix your specific travel setup
  • Ski helmet (optional)

Glacier gear

  • Harness – fitted for over your ski clothing
    • Cilao, BD, Petzl and Camp make some good lightweight ski touring harnesses
  • Locking carabiners (x2)
  • Non locking carabiners (x2)
  • 6mm by 5m prussik cord (optional)
  • 120cm sewn climbing sling (optional)

Personal Equipment

  • Ski pack (30-40 litres)
  • Reusable lunch containers (for sandwiches, etc.)
  • Sunglasses (having both orange and dark lenses helps for travel in all conditions)
  • Goggles (orange lenses)
  • Sunscreen and lip cream (SPF 30+)
  • Head lamp with good batteries
  • Insulated water bottle or thermos (1-2 L)
    • if you bring a hydration system bring a regular water      bottle as a spare)
  • Lunch bag or container
  • Personal blister kit (i.e: Leukotape-P and Bandaid or Second Skin blister pads)
  • Pocket knife (optional)
  • Camera (optional)

Hut Gear

  • 30-40 L small duffle bag for flying into the lodge
  • Shoes for inside the hut
  • Winter boots for travel around outside of the hut
  • Hut clothing
  • Towel for the shower
  • Personal medications and toiletries
  • Ear plugs
  • Reading material
  • Chargers for electronic devices (normal AC power is available for charging devices).

Misc

  • Personal beer, wine, or liquor – please bring cans instead of bottles if possible and pack this separately from your duffle in a small box or bag

Please Note:

  • All bedding, pillows and duvets are supplied by the lodge

Group Gear (supplied by the guides)

  • Altimeter
  • Map and compass
  • GPS
  • Snow study kit
  • Snow and/or bush saw
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency tarp
  • Emergency toboggan
  • Group repair kit
  • Radio & satellite phone or inReach device
  • Ropes for glacier travel

Booking & Payment

Payment, Booking Conditions

Please use our Online Registration Form before proceeding with any payment. It’s a two-step process, requiring you to read through and sign the waiver first, and then collects your personal information securely. If you have any questions or do not understand anything to do with the waiver or application form please contact me at twolfe@sawback.comasap.

A deposit (typically 50%; see the trip description for the exact amount) to secure your place is  due upon booking. Final payment of balance is due 3 months in advance of your trip start date. You will be invoiced for your payments after you have confirmed your interest in the trip. Please note that deposits are absolutely non-refundable, and final payments (the remainder) are non-refundable after the final payment date.

Credit Card payments are encouraged, especially if you have a card with trip cancellation insurance! Charges are made in CAD (foreign payments are converted to your local currency at your card company’s rate). We charge an additional 3.5% fee for card transactions. If your credit card provides you with cancellation insurance for this trip indicate this on your registration form and we will lower the convenience fee to 2%.  Cancelled trips that have cancellation insurance are much less of a headache for everyone. Please consider this option. It could be a very affordable way to protect yourself. But look carefully into your credit card’s fine print to make sure this trip is covered.

Non Credit Card Payments from Canadian clients: If you do not wish to pay by credit card we ask that you pay by E-transfer, sent to twolfe@sawback.com. There is no additional fee for Canadian E-transfers.

Non Credit Card Payments from outside Canada (US, Europe, other countries):

  1. Third party electronic transfer: You will need to fill out an agreement with our currency broker, Ken Fukami from Payline in Canmore, that includes your banking information to coordinate an electronic transfer (SEPA, EFT, etc.) There is no charge for this service and it is $50-100 cheaper than all other methods of payment from foreign clients. Contact us, or visit Payline’s website for details.
  2. PayPal: send money via PayPal to twolfe@sawback.com. No charge to receive PayPal payments so long as they are complete and in CAD funds.
  3. Wire draft (bank to bank): Your bank wires our bank the money in CAD. We charge a $20 CAD fee for receiving these payments.
  4. Cheque: in either CAD or in your local currency (e.g. EUR or USD) at a rate that we agree on (see Royal Bank of Canada’s Currency Conversion for current rates used). No additional fee for cheque payments.

Mailing address: Please send cheques in CAD to Thomas Wolfe, 234 Grizzly Cr, Canmore, AB T1W1B5, Canada

Insurance

All fees paid are 100% non-refundable. We cannot be held liable for cancellations of any kind. Therefore we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation and evacuation insurance to protect you in the event that you need to cancel or there is an emergency during your trip. The Alpine Club of Canada and Lifetstyle Financial (BCLBC Plan) both offer plans for trips like this that might interest you although we can’t personally vouch for them. Note that many credit cards carry this insurance for trips paid with the credit card — contact your credit card company to be sure.

Waiver

We have an online Waiver of Liability that you will need to sign in order to register for participation in the ski trip. You can view a printable copy the waiver here: English Waiver and translated into several other languages (German, French and Japanese) here: http://acmg.ca/03public/resources/waiver.asp If you have any questions about the waiver please talk to your lawyer or let me know prior to registration so that I can either answer your questions or put you in touch with someone who can answer them.

Snow & Climate

Snowpack and Climate

Selkirk Lodge is on the west side of the Columbia Mountains and as such gets a LOT of snow. Snowpack depths on the glaciers in January measure 3+ m. In early January the snow is especially likely to be cold, low density, excellent powder. Temperatures will be cooler, but again this is on the west side of the range where temperatures are on average warmer than further east.

Other Info

Workshop: There are tools available at the lodge for any necessary equipment repairs.

Power: We have power at the lodge so you can bring the chargers for your, radios, cameras and headlamps, etc. We have a generator which we will run as necessary and solar panels to provide power when possible. In the name of conservation we try to organize as much charging as possible at one time. Bring a quick charger for batteries if possible.

Wi-fi: There is limited Internet access but we encourage guests to leave their computers at home. All “smart” devices should be set to Airplane mode (it saves batteries) and Wifi should be OFF while not in use.  All push notifications and auto-cloud-anythings need to be disabled. Selkirk Lodge has slow satellite and a limited download allowance. Lodge and guide business takes priority.

Location: National Topographic System (NTS) Mapsheet is: Illecillewaet 82N4 (1:50,000 scale). Selkirk Lodge is located at 51° 02’ 40.56” N, 117° 43’ 36.23”W

Staff

Staff

Tom Wolfe (Mountain Guide ACMG/IFMGA) has been guiding since moving to Canmore in 1995, the place he calls home with wife, son and daughter. He guides year around, with winters being a mix of ski guiding at lodges, heli-ski operations, and remote backcountry destinations throughout western Canada.

Conrad Janzen (Mountain Guide ACMG/IFMGA) has been guiding mountain adventures throughout the mountains of Western Canada since 1998 and lives in Harvie Heights with his wife. He currently splits his time between mountain guiding and working for Parks Canada on the Visitor Safety team based out of Lake Louise.

Finally, your week at Selkirk Lodge includes an in-house chef who will prepare superb meals. Guests are consistently amazed by the beautiful, tasty, and abundant food. We are happy to accommodate any special diets as needed (an additional fee of $75 Cnd applies and please provide us with as many specifics as possible about your needs).

Our goal is to provide you with the best skiing possible from the comfort and ease of a fully catered backcountry chalet.