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Selkirk Lodge | British Columbia

Heli-Accessed Backcountry Skiing at Selkirk Lodge

Season

Late November through April

Nearest city

Revelstoke is just under an hour away

Duration

8 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Unplug and explore wilderness at your doorstep

This cozy heli-accessed 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 of the Selkirk Mountains and have fun on the challenging slopes. Spend your evenings in a warm and comfortable lodge offering world-class hospitality with an in-house chef, and use your days for guided adventures in deep snowpack!

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Heli-Accessed Backcountry Skiing at Selkirk Lodge

$2900 per person · 8 Days

Take a helicopter ride to the 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 Lodge, hang out with friends and enjoy delicious meals prepared by the chef!

Trip Highlights

Selkirk Lodge is a perfectly rustic yet stylish lodge tucked away on the west side of the Columbia Mountains. The snowpack can get up to 10 feet deep and the temperatures are ideal for low density cold smoke powder. The big and steep lines are the perfect match for the intermediate and advanced skiers — let your guide take you to the best spots in the area! Get your adrenaline pumping skiing down the beautiful but challenging tree glades that BC is famous for! Enjoy bluebird days, lack of crowds and amazing snow that the Selkirks offer and finish the days off by cozying up next to the fireplace with a home-cooked meal.

Things you need to know

Covid measures in British Columbia

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!

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Why should I go backcountry skiing?

Nothing beats the rush you’ll get from laying down first tracks on an incredible route with nothing but endless terrain laying before you. Alpine peaks, open bowls, steep and secluded tree shots, cruisy, mellow runs — it’s all out there waiting to be explored in the backcountry. You’ll spend less time waiting in chairlift lines and more time skiing, so leave the crowded resort behind and head off-piste for some of the best powder you’ll ever experience!

What can I expect from skiing with a guide?

A certified ski guide will take all of the guesswork out of your time in the backcountry. From tour planning to route selection, terrain management, avalanche safety, and gear knowledge, your guide’s expertise and backcountry experience will ensure you have an unforgettable ski touring adventure.

It doesn’t matter your skill level, whether you’ve never backcountry skied or you’re seasoned on the slopes, skiing with a guide has its advantages. Your techniques will sharpen, you’ll learn how to navigate terrain safely, make smart decisions, and most of all, you’ll remain safe in unfamiliar terrain.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

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.

What’s included?

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

What equipment do I need to bring?

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.

Can I rent equipment?

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.

What’s the itinerary?

At the Selkirk Lodge, you will spend eight days touring the surrounding backcountry terrain. Your days will be customized to match the skill level and objectives of your group. You and your guide will discuss route selection and whatever you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan outings taking into consideration factors such as weather and snow conditions.

Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your days will look like this:

    • 7:30 am: Wake up, have breakfast and get ready to head out
    • 8:30 am -11:00 am : Gear up, go over safety considerations, and skin to the location of your backcountry ski tour
    • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Spend the day backcountry skiing on routes selected to best suit your group, stopping for lunch and breaks as needed
    • 3:00 pm: Back to the lodge for a fully catered dinner and a relaxing evening

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • 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.

What about group sizes and pricing?

The Selkirk Lodge can accommodate up to 10 guests at a time. Therefore, your group size can range from 1-10 people. All pricing is per person. A 50% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking.

What about bad weather?

Mitigating avalanche risk is paramount for any excursion in the backcountry — that’s why it’s best to tour with a guide! Rest assured, your guide will set objectives that are attainable for the weather conditions on that particular day. Of course, inclement weather can always get in the way of backcountry skiing, but your guide will know the best course of action to take if the weather takes a turn. One advantage of the Selkirk Lodge is that it’s location is well-protected from storms, accessed by a helicopter. On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable, safe alternatives.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers its Expedition Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

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.

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.

Reviews

Tom is one of the best
Jennifer T. about Tom Wolfe

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. about Tom Wolfe

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. about Tom Wolfe

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. about Tom Wolfe

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.

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