Golden Ski Camp

Golden, BC

THIS EAST KOOTENAY TOWN IS PERFECTLY SITUATED

in the midst of the WORLD CLASS SKI TOURING of THE PURCELLS, SELKIRKS AND ROCKIES
Now booking Winter 2022

Worried your hut trip will get cancelled next winter? We’ve got you covered, in G-Town.

Covid-19 restrictions wrought havoc with ski lodge trips the past two winters. So we came up with a great alternative: town based ski “camps”! Golden, BC provides easy access to incredible ski touring options in the Purcells, Selkirks (Rogers Pass), and Rocky Mountains.

Our plan will be simple. We stay in our own separate accommodation (e.g. cabins or motel rooms), eat at one of Golden’s superb restaurants, and every day we will find some awesome ski touring a short drive from town.

Each morning we will meet at our starting point for the day. That could be at the trailhead, or the ski resort, or heliport. This winter we can expect restaurants and bars to be open again, but if not — well, after a hard day of ski touring most of us will be happy to retire to the privacy of our own comfortable rooms, have a good (take-out) meal delivered to our door, relax to a good book and a glass of wine and hit the hay anyhow, right?

Potential objectives will include classic ski touring / ski mountaineering objectives around Rogers Pass, Field, and the Icefield Parkway plus up to machine-accessed ski touring days (if conditions allow) and a day or two of slackcountry around Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

As with last year we’re offering a DIY trip. “Do-it-yourself” means you take care of your accommodation and food and the expenses of helicopter, snowmobile and/or lift tickets.

Here’s an idea of what a week (6 days of skiing) could look like. This is all dependent on conditions, group stoke, and availability.
Day 1&2: Rogers Pass: This famous area offers arguably the best roadside ski mountaineering access anywhere.
Day 3: Icefield Parkway: Countless alpine and tree skiing options.
Day 4: Field: The Rockies snowpack west of Lake Louise is deep and stable this year.
Day 5: Golden touring: Slackcountry around Kicking Horse or Lake Louise using the lifts for access!
Day 6: Machine-accessed ski touring: Get a bump into the alpine, ski tour all day, bump back out. Contact us for details!

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It’s a simple itinerary: ski somewhere within easy driving distance of Golden, BC!

Each evening we’ll have a zoom meeting where we’ll discuss the goals for the next day. In the morning we’ll meet, whether at the trailhead or heliport or ski hill, and head out for a day of ski touring. We’ll base ourselves out of the town of Golden, BC. There are many great hotels and restaurants providing take-out/delivery service so that you can dine in the privacy of your room.

Mary’s Motel – quiet and cheap, I’ve never had a bad night’s sleep here; but it’s nothing special otherwise.
Brookside Motel – rent a cabin with a room or two plus kitchen and living room for under $100 this winter! Covid has its silver linings. Guests rave about this place.

The goal will be to have a fun week of ski touring that’s still safe during this time of pandemic. We will strive to follow the advisories set out by the public health authorities and keep everyone safe and healthy!

You need to bring all of the following personal equipment. Please don’t bring extra equipment. If you have any questions at all about gear please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ski crampons are a must for spring ski touring, and 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. We have some spares and can likely set you up with a pair. If you have telemark bindings, G3 crampons have an attachment system that works well for most tele bindings.

Clothing

  • 1 – Long underwear top – synthetic or wool (light colors are good)
  • 1 – Light fleece or wool sweater
  • 1 – Lightweight wind jacket – nylon or ‘Schoeller’
  • 1 – Waterproof -breathable shell jacket
  • 1 – Warm insulated jacket – down or synthetic
  • 2-3 Pair of wool or synthetic socks and liner socks
  • 2-3 Pair wool or synthetic underwear
  • 1 – Long underwear bottoms – synthetic or wool
  • 1 – Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants
  • 1 – Waterproof breathable shell pants (full zip is best)
  • 1 – Warm hat – wool or synthetic
  • 1 – Brimmed cap for sun protection
  • 1 – Handkerchief
  • 1 – Face warmer – scarf, neck tube or balaclava
  • 1 – Light gloves – wool, synthetic or leather
  • 1 – Insulated gloves or mitts with waterproof outer shell
  • 1 – Spare warm gloves or mitts
  • 1 – Down or synthetic camp booties (optional)

Travel Equipment

  • Skis or splitboard
  • Ski boots or snowboard boots
  • Ski poles
  • Climbing skins
  • Skin wax (or a candle)
  • Ski crampons (for spring tours)
  • Specific binding repair items to fix your personal travel setup

Glacier Gear

  • Harness – fitted for over your ski clothing (Blue Ice, Cilao and Camp make the best lightweight ski touring harnesses)
  • 3 – Light weight locking carabiners
  • 3 – Light weight non-locking carabiners
  • 2 – 6mm by 5m prusik cord (7mm cord is generally too thick!)
  • 1 – 120cm sewn climbing sling (Dyneema or Spectra blends)
  • Crampons – fitted to your ski boots (Aluminium crampons are recommended) • Lightweight ice axe without a leash

Snow Safety Equipment

  • Avalanche beacon with spare batteries
  • Shovel
  • Probe 2-3m in length

Personal Equipment

  • Ski pack (40 litres)
  • Garbage bag to line your pack
  • Duffel Bag
  • Sunglasses (Having both orange and dark lenses is a real benefit for uphill travel in all conditions)
  • Goggles (orange lenses)
  • Sunscreen (60 spf+) and lip cream (30 spf+)
  • Head lamp with good batteries
  • Insulated water bottle(s) 1.5-2L
  • Lunch bag/container (optional)
  • Personal blister kit and/or tape
  • Pocket knife
  • Camera (optional)
  • Sleeping foamy (Ensolite 5-10mm)
  • Sleeping pad (Inflatable style)
  • Sleeping bag (-15 to -25’C rating)
  • 4-season tent — if you do not have your own please contact us and we’ll set you up
  • Plastic eating cup (500 to 750ml)
  • Spoon
  • Personal mug (optional)
  • Hygiene kit – “Wet Wipes”, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hand lotion
  • 1 roll of toilet paper and lighter in a Ziplock bag
  • Pee bottle – 1L (optional)
  • Personal medications
  • Lighter
  • Personal liquor or treats
  • Large stuff sack for carrying food

Group Gear (Provided)

  • Altimeter
  • Map(s) and compass
  • GPS
  • Stoves, Fuel, etc.
  • Pots & pans
  • Stove repair kit
  • Snow and/or bush saw
  • Snow study kit
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency tarp
  • Emergency toboggan
  • Group repair kit
  • Radio
  • Satellite phone
  • Rope for glacier travel
  • Guide book/Route description

Our standard booking conditions apply. Please carefully read our Payment and Booking Conditions information page.

DATES: March 23-27, 2022. Contact us to set up custom dates for your group of 3 or more!

DIFFICULTY: Relaxed and Classic Pace Trips available.

PRICE: $900 per person + GST, $350/day for heli-assist (drop-off, pick-up)

WHAT WE DO: We take care of all of the guiding, trip planning and logistics.

WHAT YOU DO: You take care of your own accommodation, meals, transportation, helicopter fees & equipment.

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