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Heli-Accessed Backcountry Skiing at Selkirk Lodge

Tom Wolfe, Sawback Alpine Adventures
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Tom Wolfe, Sawback Alpine Adventures
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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.

    • Secure your spot for next year with a 10% deposit!
      This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!
      • 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 any time in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.
      Once the trip has been confirmed, the regular cancellation policy applies.
    • 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!

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