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I do it?
Strenuous backcountry ski tour in
alpine, mostly glaciated terrain. You
need to be at least an intermediate skier, who can safely and
controlled descend even in difficult snow conditions with a
day touring backpack! You need to be in good physical and mental
condition, ready to be on your feet for about 7-8 hrs each day.
However, on some days, there will be an option for shorter days
with relax time at the hut! If in doubt, give us a call!
You need either sturdy
telemark equipment or (more common in Canada) alpine touring
equipment - either is available for rental at our base in Canmore,
Banff or Golden, BC. Please call ahead, so we can advice you
and set you up with the right equipment for you. As with all
our trips, we will provide you with a detailed equipment list
with your booking confirmation.
Two options: 1) Meet the evening
before the first day of the trip at 5PM in Parson (20 min south of the town of
Golden, BC) at the Timber Inn for
a trip briefing and dinner with the group and guides. 2) On Demand, we also offer
organized van transport from Calgary Airport or Canmore and Banff, AB to the Timber
Inn in Parson. From there, we will all drive together to the staging area,
which is located just a couple of kilometers east of Heather Mountain Lodge at
the Transcanada Highway (Hwy 1), about 30 min or 55km west of the town of Golden,
BC or 20 min northeast of Rogers Pass. Departure time for the first helicopter
shuttle to Sorcerer Lodge is scheduled for 7.45 at Saturday morning.
Weather, Temperatures, Snow Conditions:
Selkirk Range in BC's Columbia Ranges are primarily influenced
by a moist, maritime climate (very much in contrast to Canadian
Rockies) with moderate winter temps. During a typical ski touring
week, you should be prepared for heavy snowfall and temps from
-1C (30F) to -15C (5F). But of course, it can get as cold as
-30C (-22F) in a cold mid-winter week and as warm as 10C (50F)
during a warm, spring skiing week in May.
For spring skiing weeks, powder snow (dry, cold snow) usually
preserves well on the many northerly aspects even if it hasn't
snowed in days. At the same time, the southerly aspects will
start to corn up (melt-freeze cycle) with sunny weather, which
yields nice spring skiing, if the descents are well timed with
the day time heating. Unfortunately, as with any backcountry
skiing, we can't exclude (but do our best to avoid) the "in-between
stages" of powder and corn: Crud a.k.a breakable crusts!
Included in the Total Price:
trip package: 8 days guiding and instruction by an internationally
(UIAGM / IFMGA / ACMG) certified mountain or ski guide, 7 nights
bunk bed lodging in the Sorcerer Lodge, 7 multi-course dinners
and breakfast (meals are professionally precooked and will be
prepared with assistance of the group members in the hut), lunch
sandwich supplies, non-alcoholic beverages (juices, tea and
electrolyte beverages), helicopter transfer to and from the
lodge, equipment rental (harnesses, Orthovox F-1 transceivers),
all trip organisation.
Additional lodging / transport package from Calgary ("Pre
/ Post Trip Package"): Two nights double room in Canmore
or Parson, 1 post trip dinner home cooked at the Wilz House
or in a restaurant in Canmore, airport transfer from Calgary
airport to Canmore or Golden and return, van transport from
Canmore or golden to the helicopter staging area and return.
Included in the Total Price Are:
Ski touring equipment (can be rented),Snacks, Alcoholic beverages
(should be purchased by each participant individually), optional
single room supplement for Pre / Post trip package in Canmore