Canada: Freeride and Ski Touring along the famous POWDER HIGHWAY of British Columbia
Our proposition of a ski safari using a combination of lifts and ski touring in the heart of BC, chasing after the deepest and most famous powder in the world.
This trip proposition is a 10 day nomad-style ski tour along the epic Powder Highway in British Columbia to satisfy the most enthusiastic powder seekers.
Where? The Kootenay Rocky Mountains in Southeast BC are famous for their high concentration of lift systems, from the famous Revelstoke to Kicking Horse, Fernie and Whitewater, famous for their catskiing and heliskiing that made ski movie history, to places like Rogers Pass and Kootenay more famous for ski touring. These zones in the interior of British Columbia are known for heavy precipitation and a unique light, dry snow.
One of the biggest advantages of the Power Highway is its accessibilty in all domains, especially price-wise when comparing it to Whistler, Banff or Lake Louise. Canada and BC in particular represent the epitome of offpiste skiing with pillow lines in the woods and an unfathomable snow depth, all in the presence of the legendary Rocky Mountains. Right out of Calgary, the air changes and becomes something different. Together we could live moments of pure joy and excitement surrounded by the beautiful nature of Canada.
What kind of skiing? The descents we will be facing on this trip are of no particular technical difficulty, but a good control of one’s skis both in ascent and descent is required. Most of the itineraries involve using lift systems and then seal skins for ascent on skis to reach the freshest and most untouched powder. We will also have the possibility to do some catskiing or heliskiing upon request.
With who? You will live this incredible adventure with the accompaniment of Matteo Calcamuggi, an official UIAGM Mountain Guide and ski/telemark instructor with over a decade of experience, who will always be accessible and available during the trip for advice, corrections and ski tips both in ascent and descent to facilitate technical improvements on skis, all with the goal of maximizing your enjoyment.
Importance of Safety: During the trip, there will be discussions and explanations on how to choose and plan an itinerary for following days, how to recognize and avoid risks and danger, how to use a transceiver along with the shovel and the probe in avalanche safety, how to use an airbag and other safety tools and precautions you may not know already regarding winter landscapes and sports. These discussions will make for an even more unique and interesting journey.
Like taking photos? Great! Your guide is also passionate about DSLR photography and has some valuable tricks up his sleeve on improving photography skills in winter terrain as well.
Base Camp: The idea for a ski safari using a motorhome came to be based on my last trip around the world. The reason this mode of sleep and travel is optimal for a ski trip is because it allows for incredible flexibility for the program of the trip looking at weather conditions, road and mountain pass closures due to snowfall, and of course the snow quality.
When? We will leave on Friday the 22nd of February and return on March 4th 2019, making it a ten day trip. We chose these dates simply because this is when the past weather trends show best snow and weather conditions.
Need more convincing? 8 reasons to pack your bags and come with us
- Our program is structured for the optimization of both the ski and trip experience for each and every participant. The program involves moving around and finding the best conditions of the snow and weather.
- Alongside, you will have a legitimate professional of all things mountainous and snowy with over ten years of experience who will know when and how to give suggestions, advice and help in various situations.
- We have the knowledge of most of places you will be exploring thanks to our past experience in Rogers Pass and Kootenay Pass, and knowledge of how to get the most out of the snow and weather conditions.
- We know what skiers need and want, whether in ski touring or freeride. The best lines come with experience and know-how.
- This trip is not a fruit of improvisation; it is the fruit of years of development and dedication.
- We know how to guarantee a fun and exciting trip, not only involving skis but also culture and nature.
- Our objective is to go above and beyond for the people who decide to share this adventure with us.
- This tour is not like anything else. Our offer is really based on the inspiration we got from being in these mountains and we would be very pleased to share the amazing experience with you.
Difficulty: Due to our daily excursions, a good level on skis is required. Telemarkers and Splitboarders are welcome. We will be doing from 750m to 1500m of vertical climb per day.
Transportation/Accommodation: We will be renting a motorhome and use that for sleeping and travel to different destinations. We will also cook in the motorhome and so it is necessary to have a good attitude about sharing space and food. This method also allows for a complete group experience and ultimately saves money.
Cost*: With a minimum of 4 participants, the cost comes to 1750 euros per person, PLUS the flight. The guide, being Italian, would leave and return to Italy. Flights can be taken from anywhere, as long as the arrival at the destination corresponds with that of the guide, essentially. The itinerary was planned in collaboration with the travel agency Snow&Feelings.
*The cost is subject to slight change upon booking, so to be confirmed.
-Assistance and accompaniment of mountain guide, who is also ski and telemark instructor
-Rental of motorhome
-Transceiver for who may not have one
Price does not include:
– Food and drinks
– Gas, parking, tolls
– Rental of personal equipment
– Everything not specifically mentioned in the price components
Note: In the case of modifications to the itinerary due to uncontrollable circumstances regarding the organization such as bad weather or insufficient skiing capabilities of participants, extra costs will have to be covered by the participants.