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This cozy heli-accessed ski lodge in the Selkirks offers unforgettable adventure for all intermediate and advanced skiers looking for some adrenaline and abundant cold smoke powder. Explore the epic alpine terrain around the Selkirk Mountains and have fun on the challenging powdery slopes, considered some of the best in the world. Spend your evenings in a warm and comfortable Selkirk backcountry lodge offering world-class hospitality with an in-house chef, and use your days for guided adventures in deep snowpack!

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  • Temperatures are ideal for low density cold smoke powder

  • Try out fantastic glade skiing at high altitudes

  • The snowpack frequently reaches up to 10 feet 

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Take a helicopter ride to the Selkirk mountains ski lodge and spend a week ski touring with an ACMG-certified guide on day trips from the hut. Make the most of your days by enjoying the diversity of the terrain, try out fantastic glade skiing at high altitudes or explore the more challenging alpine terrain with your guide. After a day of pure fun, relax in the very comfortable Selkirk Mountains ski lodge, hang out with friends and enjoy delicious meals prepared by a chef!

  • On Saturday morning, you’ll meet with your guides at 7 AM and head to the staging area. Then, it’s a helicopter ride to the Selkirk mountain lodge, where you’ll get situated and have a safety briefing before heading out for a day of ski touring in the area. With miles upon miles of terrain, this ski trip at Selkirk Lodge will provide you with a myriad objectives to explore over the coming week.

  • Be prepared to spend whole days out with the group. The guides will make every effort to accommodate each member, but also try to set a pace and choose objectives that work for the whole group. Try to make an effort to accommodate the group’s needs and be as organized and punctual as possible. It’s best if everyone can get out the door on time and have a smooth day on the slopes.

    You will spend the next six days touring the surrounding backcountry terrain. Your days will be customized to match the skill level and objectives of your group. Depending on the objectives, your days may start earlier and end later, but they will generally look like this:

    You’ll wake up at 7:30 AM, have breakfast and get ready. Gear up, go over safety considerations, put on your climbing skins, and climb above the hut to the agreed-upon location. You’ll explore new terrain or revisit favorite runs from previous outings. Depending on the group, you will ski between 1,100 and 1,500 meters per day. At 11 AM, you should be at the skiing location for the day, where you’ll spend the day shredding powder and stopping for lunch and breaks as needed. Your guide will plan each day according to the weather and avalanche conditions in the backcountry, as well as the group’s wishes and goals for the day.

    As the sun starts to set around 5 PM, you’ll go back to your lodge for a gourmet dinner prepared by a professional chef. Depending on the lodge, you could steam in the sauna, do some yoga, or just warm up next to the fireplace while admiring the starry sky from the deck. Enjoy your favorite beverage, discuss goals for the next day, get to know your group, and retreat to your bedroom for some well-deserved rest.

  • After breakfast, pack up your gear and prepare for a helicopter ride back to the staging area, where your cars will be waiting. Say farewell to Selkirk, BC and head back to civilization.

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Meet your guides

Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe
IFMGA/ACMG Certified Guide
Tom Wolfe is an ACMG/IFMGA-certified mountain guide who’s been guiding since moving to Canmore in 1995, the place he calls home. His winters consist of a mix of ski guiding at lodges, heli-ski operations, and remote backcountry destinations throughout western Canada. During the warmer months, Tom spends his days on water. He is a certified Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe Instructor and Wilderness Canoe Guide.
Sawback Alpine Adventures
Sawback Alpine Adventures
Sawback Alpine Adventures
Sawback was founded by Tom Wolfe in 1995, running mountain hiking trips for groups. Since then they have expanded programming to offer just about any mountaineering adventure you could imagine. Tom is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Although Sawback is primarily a one man show, many of their trips come out of partnerships with other guides.

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5.00 (4 reviews)
Tom is one of the best
Jennifer T. (source: Google Reviews)

Tom Wolf was our back country ski guide for a week at the Selkirk Lodge 1/2020. He and the other guides over delivered everyday. Tom not only knows where to ski for amazing runs but makes sure it is safe. He handles group dynamics and made sure everyone’s needs where taken care of. He is just a super fun guy to hang with besides – out skiing or around the dinner table he is super fun to talk and joke with – just like an old friend and ski buddy. As soon as Covid restrictions are lifted for us Americans I plan to book a BC ski trip with him again- He’s the real deal and one of the best.

Selkirk Lodge experience
Matthew Z. (source: Google Reviews)

Tom Wolfe guided a group of us from Selkirk Lodge in Jan 2019. It was a phenomenal trip. Tom is a competent and professional guide. Hope to ski and hike with him in the future.

Excellent customer service!
Marilyn F. (source: Google Reviews)

Tom, the guide, plus the assistant guides were so courteous and attentive to the needs, not only of myself, but of everyone in the group. Tom knows how to provide excellent customer service!

Adventure of a lifetime
Dean P. (source: Google Reviews)

My family and I had the adventure of a lifetime. It was an incredible experience and Sawback did an excellent job. We would highly recommend the trip and Tom to everyone.

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in BC, please refer to the Government of British Columbia website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get in this adventure:

      • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • A full week of backcountry ski touring
      • An in-house chef and all meals at the lodge
      • Lodge accommodation
      • Helicopter transportation to and from the lodge
      • Group gear

    What’s not included:

      • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
      • Trip insurance
      • Transportation to and from the staging area
      • Accommodation in Revelstoke
  • In order to enjoy this guided backcountry adventure at the Selkirk Lodge, you need to have a very good level of fitness. You will be skinning for a few hours every day and skiing in variable terrain. You must be able to manage controlled descents in challenging conditions and have the stamina to ski tour for multiple days in a row. All participants should be very experienced on groomers and be able to carry a loaded daypack.

  • This adventure is reserved for solid intermediate to advanced skiers with previous experience in backcountry skiing. At a minimum, you should be capable and happy to ski up to 1100 m/day give or take. Ski runs will be on average of intermediate difficulty. This is hard to translate into ski resorts, but generally, this means that you are comfortable on all Black Diamond runs even if it means taking your time, and in a variety of conditions (icy, deep powder, breakable crust). There are also opportunities for days in the 1300-1500m range with plenty of pitches of advanced difficulty as well as steeper tree runs and rugged alpine snow conditions involving hard and sastrugi surfaces. Days are customized to the experience level of the group, but backcountry experience is necessary.

    For those looking to take their first foray into backcountry skiing, there is plenty of terrain in the surrounding area to spend the day with a private guide and learn the fundamentals of backcountry skiing.

  • Snow safety gear (can be rented):

      • Digital avalanche beacon with good batteries (and spares)
      • Shovel
      • Probe (2.4m or longer preferred)

    Ski touring gear (can be rented):

      • Skis or split board
      • Ski strap
      • Ski or snowboard boots
      • Poles
      • Climbing skins
      • Skin wax (or a candle)
      • Any binding repair items to fix your specific travel setup
      • Ski helmet (optional)

    Glacier gear:

      • Harness – fitted for over your ski clothing (Cilao, BD, Petzl and Camp make some good lightweight ski touring harnesses)
      • Locking carabiners (x2)
      • Non locking carabiners (x2)
      • 6mm by 5m prusik cord (optional)
      • 120cm sewn climbing sling (optional)

    Personal Items:

      • Wool or synthetic ski socks and liner socks
      • Long underwear top – synthetic or wool
      • Light fleece or wool sweater
      • Wind shell – nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type jacket
      • Waterproof breathable jacket (i.e. Gore-Tex)
      • Warm insulated jacket – down or synthetic
      • Long underwear bottoms – synthetic or wool
      • Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants
      • Waterproof breathable pants (i.e. Gore-Tex)
      • Warm hat – wool or synthetic
      • Brimmed cap for sun protection
      • Face warmer – scarf, neck tube or balaclava (optional)
      • Light gloves – wool, synthetic or leather
      • Insulated gloves or mitts with waterproof outer shell Spare gloves or mitts
      • Handkerchief for blocking the sun (optional)
      • Ski pack (30-40 litres)
      • Sunglasses (having both orange and dark lenses helps for travel in all conditions)
      • Goggles (orange lenses)
      • Sunscreen and lip cream (SPF 30+)
      • Head lamp with good batteries
      • Insulated water bottle or thermos (1-2 L) (if you bring a hydration system bring a regular water bottle as a spare)
      • Lunch bag or container
      • Personal blister kit (i.e: Leukotape-P and Bandaid or Second Skin blister pads)
      • Pocket knife (optional)
      • Camera (optional)

    Hut gear:

      • 30-40 L small duffle bag for flying into the lodge
      • Shoes for inside the hut
      • Winter boots for travel around outside of the hut
      • Hut clothing
      • Towel for the shower
      • Personal medications and toiletries
      • Ear plugs
      • Reading material
      • Chargers for electronic devices (normal AC power is available for charging devices).

    Please Note: All bedding, pillows and duvets are supplied by the lodge

    Group Gear (supplied by the guides):

      • Altimeter
      • Map and compass
      • GPS
      • Snow study kit
      • Snow and/or bush saw
      • First aid kit
      • Emergency tarp
      • Emergency toboggan
      • Group repair kit
      • Radio & satellite phone or inReach device
      • Ropes for glacier travel

    Packing note: Please pack in small bags. Your luggage (excluding daypack and skis) should easily fit into a 40L duffle. Please avoid bringing excessive baggage by taking a look at the gear list. Please do not pack in hard sided or rolling suitcases. Please leave your ski bags (if you have them) in your car.

  • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

    Ski rental locations are in Revelstoke and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

  • Group sizes and pricing:

    • The Selkirk Mountain Lodge in British Columbia can accommodate up to 10 guests at a time with certified two guides leading groups on day trips from the hut each day.
    • All pricing is per person. Costs don’t change as your group grows.

    Min. age requirements:

    • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this backcountry skiing adventure.
    • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

    If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Revelstoke, you can fly into Kelowna International Airport which is 2.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus to Revelstoke. Another option is to fly into Calgary International Airport which is 4.5 hours away. You can rent a car, take a bus or opt for a private transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Revelstoke. You will need to make your own way to the staging area, where you will meet your backcountry guide and head to the Selkirk Lodge.

    You will meet your guide at the staging area at 7:30 am on the first day of your trip. The staging area is at the Jumping Creek Water Bottling Plant on the Jumping Creek Forest Service Road, about 45 km east of Revelstoke. From there, a helicopter will transport you to the Selkirk Lodge.

    When in British Columbia, make sure to check out other backcountry lodges for amazing powder getaways!

  • Secure your spot for the following season with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you’ll be the first one to know. Pick the month that suits you best and we’ll let you know once the dates are live—don’t risk missing out on your bucket list adventure!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure in case the dates don’t suit you by the end of the year.
      • Once the dates are set, another 20% of the total amount needs to be paid to confirm your booking.
      • The final balance is due 4 months (120 days) prior to departure.

    For regular dates, a 50% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. Once your guide confirms your booking, your trip departure is guaranteed. Final payments are due 120 days before your trip starts.

    If you need to cancel a reservation, please do so in writing (best by e-mail). Once your booking is confirmed, you and Sawback Alpine Adventures enter into financial obligations and they cannot refund payments or release you from your contractual obligations. Therefore, it is highly recommended buying cancellation insurance to cover your losses for the case that you can’t participate or have to interrupt your trip “for any reason”.

    Sawback Alpine Adventures do reserve the right to change guides, particular lodging or the itinerary or venue should unforeseen circumstances (guide sickness, hut or route closing etc.) force them to do so or should the physical condition of the participants, weather or mountain conditions make a continuation as planned too risky. Sawback Alpine Adventures will not be deemed to be in default for any delay or failure to perform their obligations under this agreement resulting from acts of God, the elements, war, acts of government, civil or military authorities, natural calamities, catastrophe, fire, flood, accidents, epidemics, shortage of transportation, or any other like events beyond our reasonable control.

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