Revelstoke & Golden, BC
THESE KOOTENAY TOWNS ARE PERFECTLY SITUATED
in the midst of the WORLD CLASS SKI TOURING of THE PURCELLS, SELKIRKS AND ROCKIES
Worried your hut trip will get cancelled next winter? We’ve got you covered, in G-Town and the Stoke.
Covid-19 restrictions wrought havoc with ski lodge trips in 2020 and 2021. So we came up with a great alternative: town based ski “camps”! Revelstoke and Golden, BC provide easy access to incredible ski touring options in the Purcells, Selkirks (Rogers Pass), and Rocky Mountains. After running these for the past two winters we’ve discovered they’ve become a favourite, with guests dropping the hut scene and going for the comfort, flexibility and variety that a town based program provides.
Our plan will be simple. We stay in our own separate accommodation (e.g. cabins or motel rooms), eat at one of Revelstoke or Golden’s superb restaurants, and every day we will find some awesome ski touring a short drive from town.
Each morning meet your ski guide 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?
The best thing about our town-based program is flexibility. There’s no need to book trips years in advance or have a limited selection of dates. Each morning we look at the weather and the map and come up with the best possible plan, sometimes driving east, sometimes west, in search of the perfect ski tour for the conditions.
Potential objectives will include classic ski touring / ski mountaineering objectives around Rogers Pass, Field, and the Icefield Parkway as well as machine-accessed ski touring days (3 or more 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. By registering in this trip you’ll agree to up to 3 days of machine-accessed skiing. Depending on conditions there may be fewer days possible, or we might offer additional days if the group has the “Stoke” for it!
Here’s a collection of photos from the skiing you can access from G-Town. Enjoy!
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. Since this is a town-based gear list it doesn’t hurt to take extra items (extra skis come to mind). 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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- Probe 2-3m in length
- Ski pack (40 litres)
- Garbage bag to line your pack for wet days
- 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)
- Personal medications
Group Gear (Provided)
- Map(s) and compass
- Snow and/or bush saw
- Snow study kit
- First aid kit
- Emergency tarp
- Emergency toboggan
- Group repair kit
- Satellite phone
- Rope for glacier travel
March 20-24 (SOLD OUT) and March 27-31, 2023. Contact us to set up custom dates for your group of 3 or more!
DIFFICULTY: Relaxed and Classic Pace Trips available.
PRICE: $1050 per person + GST, $350/day for heli-assist, $250 for cat-assist (drop-off, pick-up). Additional ski lift fees apply to guests without ski passes.
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, machine-access fees (see above) & equipment.