Selkirk Lodge Backcountry - Banff and Canmore
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Banff / Canmore

Selkirk Lodge Backcountry Hut

Selkirk Lodge Golden BC Winter

Summary

 Winter
  • Cost:
  • Adult $2300

Location: Albert Canyon, Selkirk Mountains   Duration: 8 Days   Fitness: Good   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: AST 1  

Join us in the powder haven of the Selkirk Mountains at Selkirk Lodge. This is an 8-day, fully guided and catered trip at one of Canada’s premiere backcountry ski destinations.

 

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No dates for Selkirk Lodge 2016-17. If you would like to propose a trip, please get in touch! Otherwise check out our other great backcountry ski adventures: Rogers Pass Ski the Steeps and Tantalus Ski Mountaineering

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Adventure Information

Join us in the world-class powder haven of the Selkirk Mountains at Selkirk Lodge!

This is an 8-day, fully guided and catered trip at one of Canada’s premiere backcountry ski destinations.

On the Albert Icefield at Selkirk Lodge, annual snowfall amounts average 5 meters every winter. The majority of this being low density snow – “champagne” powder. Runs average from 500 to 1000 meters (3500ft) in length. The alpine terrain is composed of extensive glaciers with over 25 ski mountaineering peaks. Below the hut are acres of amazing tree skiing in well spaced old growth forests.

Selkirk Lodge is a true ski-touring paradise.

There will two certified ACMG guides on this trip. Apart from creating logical group sizes this allows for individual guests to choose between up to four different options every day.

The hut is ideally situated for doing circuit tours that come back to the hut for lunch. This provides our guests with the option to ski all day, for the morning only, or to join the afternoon tour.

Exact meeting times will be e-mailed shortly before the trip.

Guests are asked to stay in Revelstoke the evening before as frequent snow storms often shut down the highway due to avalanche control.

*Note that guests have missed the helicopter flight because of this in the past.

Departure is either from Albert Canyon Parking or from Revelstoke airport and will be late Saturday afternoon, returning the following Saturday afternoon.

Luggage should be as light as possible. Not including skis, boots and beverages, each person’s luggage will be weighed and should be about 16 kg (35 lbs).

All guests must sign waivers prior to trip departure as required by the government of British Columbia and the Mountain Skills Academy.

Upon arrival, food, luggage and equipment will be brought into the hut and guests will settle in. A hut and guide briefing will be given and then an outdoor avalanche safety refresher will be given.

Daily itineraries are announced in either the evening or morning.

Clothing

  • Warm top and bottom under layers and socks
  • Mid layer fleece top, optional soft shell top
  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
  • Down or synthetic insulated “pufy” jacket
  • Toque and ball cap
  • 2 pairs of gloves, optional mittens
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Street clothes and hut shoes (something lite like Croc’s)
  • Toiletries, medication, reading book

Equipment

  • Headlamp (fresh batteries)
  • Altimeter watch (optional)
  • Touring skis / splitboard
  • Ski / Snowboard boots
  • Skins
  • Ski poles
  • Ski Crampons (Only for trips in late April)
  • Avalanche Safety Kit (probe, transceiver, shovel)
  • Mountaineering axe
  • Harness
  • 1 locking and 1 non-locking carabiner
  • Crevasse Rescue Kit only if you know how to use it
  • Crevasse Rescue Kit: 4 locking and 4 non-locking carabiners, 2 x 5m 7mm prussik, 1 auto-block device,
  • 1 x 120cm sling, 1 ice screw, 0.5m prussik  (All optional)
  • Blister Kit
  • First Aid kit
  • Glop stopper
  • Ski scraper
  • Map, compass, GPS, Communication radio (all optional)
  • Repair Kit and spare parts for your bindings (optional)

Guide Gear

  • 50m ski touring ropes
  • Crevasse Rescue Kit
  • Programable radio
  • Snow Study kits
  • First Aid Kit with blister kit and splint
  • Improvised light rescue sled
  • Repair Kit
  • Compass
  • Map
  • GPS

Accommodation

This remote lodge is heli-access only, perched above tree-line at 2200 m (7200ft). Accommodation is in comfortable two, three and four person bedrooms. The hut is well equipped with all the amenities: comfortable beds, large kitchen and eating area, living room, electricity, indoor plumbing and even hot water and showers! After skiing guests can relax enjoy great apres ski appy’s, hot shower, read, stretch and enjoy the cozy lodge.

Food

This trip is fully catered by a professional backcountry cook. Great pride and care is taken in preparing high quality, delicious meals. Breakfast, lunch, après ski, supper and desert are prepared using only the finest and freshest ingredients. The cook will also prepare food for those with intolerances, allergies and special dietary needs. Alcohol remains the responsibility of the guests and they are encouraged to bring plenty! All food is included but iff you have preferred snacks, then bring these.

Transportation

Transport to and from the departure venue is not included and car-pooling is recommended. Transport is provided form Denny’s in Revelstoke to the stagin spot of Albert Canyon. Helicopter flights in and out of the lodge are included but emergency helicopter evacuation is not included.

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.

Emergency Evacuation and Medical

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by National Health.

We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:

All course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept Credit Card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to First Aid and WFR courses.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.


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