After meeting at the Truffle Pigs Bistro & Lodge, we will discuss our plans over dinner then check out our equipment afterwards.
After eating breakfast at the lodge, we’ll head out and ski to Bow Hut. This should take between 3 to 5 hours. If we have time, we’ll head out to do some skiing around the hut in the afternoon.
We’ll leave Bow Hut and traverse the Gordon-Rhondda Pass, enjoying great views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers until we arrive at Guy Hut.
The following day, we will spend the day exploring around the premier hut on the Wapta and head up any of Yoho Peak, Des Poilus, or Mt. Collie, among others.
We will head to the Stanley Mitchell Hut by either heading over Isolated Col or going over Whaleback.
The following day, we will either head up to Mount MacArthur, Isolated Peak, Mt. Kerr (known as the presidents) or do a loop around the glacier.
From the Stanley Mitchell Hut, we will ski out of the mountains via Yoho Pass and return to Field.
|04/04/2020 to 10/04/2020|
Truffle Pigs Bistro & Lodge, Field, British Columbia
The following is all the gear you will need to bring on this trip:
Ski mountaineering gear
Skis, preferably with tech-style Alpine Touring (AT) bindings, 150-185 cm in length, wide (100 mm+ at waist) for powder skiing. Telemark, frame-style AT bindings, or splitboards are acceptable as well, please contact us if you plan to bring one or these alternate touring systems.
Ski Poles with powder baskets
Climbing harness (light weight if possible)
Locking carabiners (2), non-locking biners (2)
Prusik cord (1)
120 cm sewn sling (1)
Avalanche Transceiver – a modern digital unit
Collapsible Avalanche Probe
Avalanche Shovel (lightweight snow shovel designed for companion rescue)
Backpack (at least 65 L, large enough for sleeping bag, spare clothes, and your share of group food & equipment) rentals available
Sunglasses and ski goggles
Water bottle (at least 1 liter capacity)
Thermos for Hot Drinks (optional but recommended,~750 mL)
Pocket knife and/or leatherman multi-tool
Sleeping Bag. We recommend a three season bag rated between -7 to -9°C. Bring a compression stuff sac so you have room in your pack for other things.
Headlamp with fresh batteries
Small Blister and personal First-Aid Kit
Personal Toilet Items (keep to a bare minimum)
Large stuff sack for carrying food
Ear Plugs for dorm sleeping (optional but recommended)
Insulated Booties or Sandals
Long wool or synthetic (e.g. polyester or polypropylene) underwear (top & bottom)
Extra warm shirt (not cotton)
Medium weight fleece sweater
Soft shell or fleece jacket
Soft shell pants
Insulated jacket (down preferred)
Insulated pants (fleece or other synthetic) (optional)
Waterproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent)
Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex or equivalent, with side zippers)
Socks (wool or synthetic) – 2 to 3 pairs
Wool or fleece hat
Waterproof ski mountaineering gloves or mitts
Light weight ski gloves
Neck tube or balaclava
Guiding has been my lifelong passion. I have lived in the Rocky Mountains for most of my life, guiding since 1995.
My main focus these days is on running winter ski touring trips at the best heli-accessed ski lodges in British Columbia. This winter I'll be at Selkirk Lodge, Burnie Glacier Chalet, Mount Carlyle Lodge, and Sunrise Lodge -- each lodge providing a very different experience for my guests. While I do like to return, year after year, to my favourite lodges (like Burnie Glacier) I also like to provide new and interesting options for my clients.
When ski season ends here in Western Canada and the rest of my colleagues are putting away their skis for the summer, I will be once again heading to Svalbard in the Arctic for another Ski and Sail trip in May. This is the only trip I still have openings for now -- maybe you would like to join me there?
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