Trip Dates

March 25-April 1, 2018

Price

$2400 / person plus tax (all inclusive guided, catered & heli access) *based on group of 12

Group Size

12 to people max, 5 to 6 guests per guides

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Related Trips

Berner Oberland Ski Tour
Haute Route Tour

Sorcerer Lodge

Enjoy a week of ski touring at Sorcerer Lodge March 25 to April 1, 2018 and discover a backcountry skiing paradise in the Selkirk Mountain Range.  Perched right at treeline (6660 ft/ 2030m), this fly-in lodge is a comfortable 3 level accommodation. It is located near the northern boundary of Glacier National Park in Southeastern British Columbia.

The ski terrain boasts a mixture of high alpine slopes, glaciers, ski peaks, steep chutes along with some fantastic tree skiing. There are plenty of interesting & varied tours available with peak ascent options. Join Summit Mountain Guides for this exclusive fully guided & catered week long trip at Sorcerer Lodge in March 2018.

Please contact us for booking or more info.

Itinerary

The March 25-April 1 week is a Sunday to Sunday program. We will be flying-in from a staging area near Golden, a 30 minute drive from Golden.  All guests are responsible for their own transportation before and after the trip, we can recommend the Kicking Horse River Lodge as a good base before and after.

Once at the lodge, our daily routine will be to explore the diverse terrain on skis as day trips with a small pack. We will enjoy spectacular scenery and return to the comforts of the lodge by mid to late afternoon.

Prerequisites

This ski week is suitable for intermediate to advanced levels, ideally we will match people into similar skill groups. You must have prior day ski touring experience and be able to link turn in variable snow conditions.

Guests are responsible to self evaluate their skills as groups need to be matched together based on prior experience and ability. 

Please contact us to discuss your background and what kind of tour or equipment would suit you best.

Equipment

Weather

Mountain weather can vary drastically.  In winter you can expect temperatures to be from -15C to –5C in the day while in spring daily temperatures could rise well above zero. 

Visibility may be poor or whiteout conditions when snowing heavily or clear on bluebird days.  Ensure you are dressed for all variations as temperatures, wind, precipitation can change within the day. 

Location

The lodge is located in the snowy Selkirk Mountains near the the Glacier National Park border.  We will access the lodge by helicopter from a staging area from Golden. Golden is a 5 hour drive north from Calgary or 6 hour hour drive from Vancouver.  All guests are responsible for their own transportation before and after the trip.

Services Included

  • Pre-trip planning support
  • Fully certified IFMGA/ACMG guide service
  • Group safety equipment (communication device, rescue kit, first aid supplies, GPS, maps)
  • Helicopter flight in/out of lodge
  • Cook and Gourmet Meals

Not included in price:

  • Personal ski and avalanche safety equipment
  • Accommodation or transport prior to meeting location
  • 5% gst
  • Trip cancellation, adventure travel insurance, medical insurance

FAQ

Where can I rent Ski touring and safety equipment?

There are a few outdoor stores in Golden that supply good service and quality outdoor equipment and gear rental, please ensure you rent gear well in advance.  We can provides some avalanche equipment if needed.

Skis, Telemark or Split Boards?

Which should you use? If you are a downhill skier then you should use Alpine Touring gear. Only if you are already an advanced Telemark skier or Snowboarder should you bring Telemark or Split Board gear. All types of gear can be rented in Nelson prior to your day trip.  There are three types of backcountry systems you can use:

Alpine Touring skis are essentially downhill skis with a special touring binding which allows the heel to lift whilst going uphill or across the flats and then ‘locks down’ to become a regular downhill safety binding. We recommend this system to anyone with a background of downhill skiing who is not already an advanced telemark skier. 

Telemark skis. These should only be used for this program if you are at least an intermediate telemark skier with some backcountry experience. This system is more difficult and less forgiving than the others.

Snowboarding with a Split Board is the most effective way to snowboard in the back country. We recommend this system to advanced snowboarder over snowshoeing.