Trip Dates

February 8-15, 2020

Price

$2450 CAD per person plus tax (all inclusive: helicopter, guided & catered) Self Guided Small Group option also available for experienced groups, contact us.

Group Size

12 to 15 people max, 6 to 8 guests per guides

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced ski touring / split-board ablity

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Campbell Icefields, Feb 2020

Remote icefield skiing from a comfortable lodge in the Canadian Rockies

For those already planning their winter 2020, we have a ski touring week at the Campbell Icefields Chalet from February 8-15, 2020. This lodge is located in the Western Rockies just North of Golden in Southeastern BC. Completed in 2004, this remote fly-in lodge is modern & comfortable.

The surrounding terrain includes many potential ski peaks, open bowls as well as tree skiing in the chalet’s immediate vicinity. Join Summit Mountain Guides for this exclusive fully guided & catered 8 day trip. See Campbell Icefields for terrain and hut photos.

Itinerary

This February 8-15, 2020 week is a Saturday to Saturday program. We will be flying-in from a staging area 30 minute drive north of Golden BC.  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 Campbell Icefields Chalet, our daily routine will be to explore the diverse terrain on skis with a small day pack. We will enjoy spectacular scenery and return to the comforts of the chalet by mid to late afternoon. Having 2 guides will give us the ability to separate into two smaller groups and accomplish various objectives.

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 in this area to be from -20C to –7C during the day while in spring daily temperatures could rise to near 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 Canadian Rockies west of Banff National Park and North of Golden BC. We will access the lodge by helicopter from a staging area 30 minutes north of Golden.

Golden is a 4 hour drive west of Calgary or 7 hour drive east of 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)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Helicopter flight in/out of Chalet
  • Cook and Gourmet Meals

Not included in price:

  • Personal ski and avalanche safety equipment
  • Accommodation or transport before or after the trip
  • 5% gst
  • tips
  • Trip cancellation, adventure travel insurance, medical insurance

FAQ

Where can I rent Ski touring and safety equipment?

The best places to rent ski touring equipment in Calgary are at Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) & at the U of C Outdoor Center.  There are a few outdoor stores in Golden that supply good service and quality outdoor equipment however ski touring rentals here are limited. We can provides some avalanche equipment if needed,  please ensure you rent gear well in advance.

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. On this touring weeks, guests must be using a split board system as snowshoes are limiting for group travel.