People per Guide
Type of Trip
The renowned Banff National Park is an enormous wonder. However, the area near it is just as spectacular. And due to the enormity of that area, there is an abundance of different areas you can explore. And for 5 wonderful days, we would like to guide you through the Freshfield ice fields.
This vast area is filled with wondrous sights. And another wonderful aspect of this adventure is that you will be far away from the crowds. We ensure that by taking you on a scenic helicopter flight deep into the fields. And once you arrive, you will be granted a wide open, peaceful, exhilarating and exclusive set of surroundings.
There is also a lot of excitement to be had in the Freshfield ice fields as well. And that is due to an array of thrilling descents that we will be more than happy to guide you through!
But the fun doesn’t just involve typical skiing descents. You will also get to enjoy some great tree skiing, ski mountaineering, and glacier skiing as well.
As a result of the Freshfield ice fields’ unpredictable conditions, participants on this trip are required to have previous overnight backcountry ski touring experience. They are also required to have winter camping experience as well because we will be camping every night of this trip. You should also be in good physical condition.
So send us a request, and come and join us on this unforgettable journey to the Freshfield Icefields. The views, the skiing, the privacy of this incredible place is unmatched.
I can also lead you on a week long ski tour through the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia as well.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Group equipment
- Heliski drop(s)
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund.Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
We will meet at 4 pm in Golden, BC before the start of the trip. At the meeting, we will go over any possible changes, due to weather or other factors, as well as the logistics of the trip, including all necessary forms. We will also conduct an avalanche beacon exercise.
Arrival via helicopter to the Freshfield Icefields
We will fly on the helicopter to the South boundary of the Banff National Park near the Freshfield icefields at 7 am. After arriving we will set up camp. Afterwards, you will get to spend the whole day skiing.
Day 2 to 5:
Throughout these days we will take you from our base camp to different areas where you can enjoy a variety of different skiing adventures, from glacier skiing and ski mountaineering to tree skiing.
We will depart the camp on a short flight back to Golden at 4 pm.
Camp site in the Freshfield Icefields
Participants should bring the following items with them: skiing equipment, avalanche safety equipment, wind and waterproof jacket and pants, warm pants, fleece pullover, fleece shirt or vest, fleece underwear, 2 pairs of gloves, scarf or bandanna, socks, wool or fleece hat, sun hat, spare underwear, toiletries, sun glasses, sunscreen, goggles, 1 litre water bottle, small blister kit, personal items, pocket knife, camera.
About the Guide
I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.
The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.
The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!