THIS EAST KOOTENAY TOWN IS PERFECTLY SITUATED
in the midst of the WORLD CLASS SKI TOURING of THE PURCELLS, SELKIRKS AND ROCKIES
Hut trip cancelled this winter? We’ve got you covered, in G-Town.
Covid-19 is shutting down hut-based trips like crazy this winter. That makes sense. The virus is known to spread easily in indoor spaces.
Meanwhile governments across Western Canada are encouraging people to get outside and stay active and fit.
If your ski touring plans at a backcountry ski lodge have been shut down this winter, we have the perfect solution. 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 take-out delivered to our doors, and every day we go skiing some awesome ski tour a short drive from town.
Each morning we will meet (outside) at our starting point for the day. That could be at the trailhead, or the ski resort, or heliport. We will be careful to maintain physical distancing and use masks when required (e.g. in the helicopter) and keep to ourselves — no mixing with the locals in the evenings.
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 meal, relax to a good book and a glass of wine and hit the hay anyhow, right?
Objectives include classic ski touring / ski mountaineering objectives around Rogers Pass, Field, and the Icefield Parkway plus up to two heli-accessed ski touring days (if conditions allow) and a day or two of slackcountry around Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
We’re providing two options: the DIY version and the all-inclusive. Do-it-yourself means you take care of your accommodation and food and the expenses of helicopter and lift tickets. If you choose the all-inclusive we take care of everything except for your transportation.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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
- Personal liquor or treats
- Large stuff sack for carrying food
Group Gear (Provided)
- Map(s) and compass
- 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
- Satellite phone
- Rope for glacier travel
- Guide book/Route description
Dates: 6-day Custom trip; February and March 2021 dates available.
Difficulty: Relaxed and Classic Pace Trips available.
1. “Do it yourself” rate: $900 per person (based on a group of 4 or more).
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.
2. “All-inclusive” rate: $3295 per person (based on a group of 4 or more).
What’s included: Hotel and meals; two heli-access ski touring days (Purcells/Selkirks); one day of lift-accessed slackcountry skiing (Purcells/Rockies); three days of road-accessed ski touring (Rogers Pass, Rockies, Purcells)
What’s not included: Transportation, equipment, gratuities