Big Days and Deep Snow in the Selkirks, February 2019

8 days
All ages
5–12 people

Try something different to celebrate the beginning of 2019! Come ski some great powder in British Columbia's Selkirk Mountains. Rather than hut to hut skiing, we'll be based at the beautiful Sunrise Lodge. The views are as stunning as the skiing, and the sauna is the perfect place to unwind after an awesome day in the backcountry.


You can expect lots of alpine, tree-line and tree-skiing here, with everything from gentle open slopes to steep pillow lines. Our last trip to Sunrise in 2017 was a big hit and so I’m happy to be offering another one for 2019!

Sunrise Lodge is located at the headwaters of Wisted Creek and offers stunning views of Rockies to the west and Purcells to the south. Sunrise is the southern gateway to the amazing Esplanade Range, including Meadow, Vista and Sentry Lodges. Consensus among those who’ve spent time at all four Esplanade Range Huts is that Sunrise is the best: best terrain, best for storm skiing, and best snowpack of the bunch!

  • 1200 square feet. Sleeps up to 16 people per night (12 guests, 4 staff)
  • 6 guest bedrooms / 2 guide bedrooms
  • Services:  2 outhouses, wood / propane heat, radio, limited cell coverage, water from Sunrise Lake, Heli pad
  • Full cellular coverage at Sunrise Lodge and in most places near the lodge
  • Brand new sauna built in 2014
  • Full solar upgrade in 2013 provides task lighting in all rooms of the lodge
  • New super high energy efficient Blaze King “Princess” fireplace installed in 2015

The lodge is equipped with AC power but there is no WiFi/Internet access at all. There’s also a wonderful sauna for the end of the day. Beer and wine are not provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Getting to Golden, BC, Meeting Place, Staging Info

The most convenient international airport is Calgary (YYC), about 3 hours east of Golden.

Other options for flying include Kelowna (about 4 hours drive west of Golden) or Cranbrook (2h45 south of Golden). Driving from Vancouver to Golden takes about 7h30, from Spokane the drive is around 6 hours. There is a regional airport in Golden but it only handles small charter aircraft.

Kicking Horse River Lodge is a great place to stay Friday night before the trip. The lodge can handle a group with room rates that start around $40/night. Sorcerer customers get a discount but must phone them directly. The discount is not available if you book through an agency like We meet here Saturday night and breakfast is here Sunday morning so it is convenient place to stay. If you choose to stay here, book early. It fills quickly.  1 (250) 439-1112

The meeting place for your trip is the Golden Alpine Holidays office at 104, 806 – 9th Street North on Friday, February 8th, 2019 at 7:00am (MST). At this point all participants must sign their waivers. Flights to GAH lodges take place at our Helicopter Staging Facility west of Golden. Guests are required to get themselves to GAH Staging.


All fees paid are 100% non-refundable. We cannot be held liable for cancellations of any kind. Therefore we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation and evacuation insurance to protect you in the event that you need to cancel or there is an emergency during your trip. The American Alpine Club and Lifetstyle Financial (BCLBC Plan) both offer plans for trips like this that might interest you although we can’t personally vouch for them. Many credit cards carry this insurance for trips paid with the credit card — contact your credit card company to be sure


Saturday, February 8 to Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Where we are
Class Location
Selkirk Mountains
Trip difficulty
  • Day trips, hut-based
  • Hut elevation 2134 m with 1200-1500 m/day tours on average (Relaxed Pace trip)
  • Non-glaciated terrain
  • Powder skiing
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Guides running this program

Rob Coppolillo

Rob and his family moved to Colorado in 1976, when Denver was sleepy and the term "skier traffic" didn't exist. He and his twin brother, Pete, learned to ski by following the fast guys on the hill and luckily their high school offered an outdoor-ed class which taught them the basics of rock climbing. Despite the protestations of their parents, the pair climbed throughout Colorado in high school and college (CU-Boulder, where Rob earned a BA in environmental conservation).

Rob blew his 20s racing bicycles, but then began apprenticing as a guide with Markus Beck's guide service, Alpine World Ascents, in 2004. Markus shepherded Rob through his beginning courses at the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and all three courses of the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum. In September 2014, after a decade of courses, an intense apprenticeship, and a bunch of fun, Rob passed his final AMGA exam, having bunched all three (ski, rock, and alpine) into a chaotic seven-month period -- phew! Rob is the 97th American to have earned his international certification with the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA).

He speaks French and Italian and is a freelance writer and the author of Holy Spokes: a Biking Bible for Everyone. Rob lives in Boulder with his ever-understanding wife, Rebecca, and their identical twin boys, Luca and Dominic.

Tom Wolfe

Originally from Ontario, Tom found his way to the Canadian Rockies in the late 80s and has been climbing and skiing hard there ever since. His passion for the mountains also lured him into the guiding profession and he passed his last exam in 2010 to become a fully certified Mountain Guide (ACMG / IFMGA). Tom, however, is more resourceful than that: He works part of his time as a computer consultant and network administrator, which only remotely has anything to do with his academic training as a school teacher.

Aside from OnTop, Tom also works for Last Frontier Heliskiing and Outward Bound, where he has countless years of experience leading wilderness youth courses in the Rockies.

Tom speaks also German and lives with his wife and two children in Canmore AB.