Women’s Ski Camp 2017

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: March 6 - 11, 2017
  • Adventure Rates: $1,550 + applicable tax
  • Information Package: Download Info Pack
Marmot sponsors the ACC’s Women’s Program, providing funding to make this camp accessible to as many women as possible. Marmot’s values and those of the ACC coincide, particularly on the issue of developing the skills of female mountaineers. Marmot has supported our Women’s Program since its inception and we thank them for their assistance.

Photo by Stefanie McArdle - Back behind Asulkan Hut

Photo by Stefanie McArdle – Back behind Asulkan Hut

A unique opportunity to build skills and ski tons in an all-woman setting

There are certain undeniable differences that affect how men and women, enjoy the backcountry. This camp is intended to maximize your learning in female company. Join the ACC on the Wapta Icefield to breathe in the fresh air, strap on your skis and go explore!

Designed and offered for women exclusively, this unique ski camp provides an opportunity to work on winter skills and gain ski-mountaineering experience in an “all female” setting – all participants and staff will be female. This camp is traditionally heavy on instruction; glacier travel, whiteout navigation, crevasse rescue, route finding, track setting, snow stability evaluation, and terrain management. While all these skills are incorporated into the camp there will be plenty of opportunity to ski.


Photo by Sylvia Forest - Chillin at Bow Hut

Photo by Sylvia Forest – Chillin at Bow Hut

Wapta Icefield – A place like no other

This camp will be taking place on the Wapta Icefield. This area allows a vast array of terrain for optimized learning and skiing. Over the course of six days and five nights, we will visit three of the ACC’s huts in the area. With our first night spent at the spacious Bow Hut at the toe of the glacier. For nights 2 and 3 we will traverse the glacier over to the less crowded Balfour Hut. Then a final traverse over to the Peyto Hut for our final two nights.These three areas will allow for plenty of opportunities to see what the Wapta Icefields has to offer. Tonnes of snow, wide open expanses with glaciers, and more peaks than you can name.

Some of the best skiing and touring will be had on our daily outings. Such options are skiing Trapper Col, Mt Baker, Mt Habel, Mt Rhondda (South), Mt. Thompson, St Nicholas, Mount Olive (North), Mt. Gordon and skiing on the always beautiful Diableret Glacier. Come join the ACC on our annual Women’s-Only Ski Camp!

Slider Photos by Karen Woo and Stefanie McArdle

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Meet at 7:00 am in Lake Louise. Carpool to the Bow Hut parking lot. Transceiver practice and travel to Bow Hut
  • Day 2 – Skiing in the Bow Hut area to learn some winter skills and get some turns in
  • Day 3 – Traverse the glacier to the Balfour Hut
  • Day 4 – Spend the day exploring the Balfour area and using your new skills in this alpine area
  • Day 5- Traverse over to the Peyto Hut for two days filled with skiing and learning winter mountain skills
  • Day 6 – One more ski up on the peaks before the ski down the valley back to the road


Camp itinerary may change. All days will be filled with learning and skiing objectives based on weather, conditions and participants.


Gear, Food, Lodging


  • ACMG guiding throughout the camp
  • Accommodation at the ACC’s Huts throughout the camp
  • All meals starting with lunch on day 1, ending with lunch on Day 6
  • All group gear

Participants must provide:

  • Transportation to the Lake Louise HI and then on to the Bow hut parking lot (Participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool)
  • National Parks Vehicle Gate Pass (available for purchase through the ACC’s online store or inside the Rogers Pass information Centre)
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)

Level of Difficulty

This camp is designed for women with some backcountry skiing experience. You must have a good level of fitness and be comfortable skiing the equivalent of blue/intermediate and black/advanced ski runs at downhill ski areas. Additionally, you must be able to ski in deep powder with a 13-17kg (30-40lb) pack for several hours. Participants will be expected to share in carrying group gear and their own lunch while on the camp.


From past Camp participants

Photo by Stefanie McArdle - Preppping for the day ahead

Photo by Stefanie McArdle – 2015 Women’s Camp by Marmot

“The knowledge from the 2 guides and the camp manager was beyond my expectations. They were fun, knowledgeable women who motivate and inspire me”

– Past Women’s Ski Camp by Marmot Participant

“The expertise of the guides was amazing. They were engaging, supportive and encouraging with every member of the group and created a fantastic learning environment.”

– Past Women’s Ski Camp by Marmot Participant

“The guides were all amazing as well as the camp manager.”

– Past Women’s Ski Camp by Marmot Participant

“ …our instructors and guides made sure to include us in their decision-making process and made it a learning experience and teachable moment.”

– Past Women’s Ski Camp by Marmot Participant

More Women's Program camps - Presented by Marmot

Designed for and offered exclusively to women, our Women’s Program camps allow participants to feel totally comfortable, be themselves and pursue skills and adventure in a supportive, nurturing environment. These camps are staffed and guided exclusively by women as well.

Women’s Program Adventures

  • Six-Pass Ski Traverse (April 2-6, 2017). A more ambitious Women’s-Only, this camp will take participants on a high-level traverse in Jasper National Park. 5 days, $1,200.
  • Women’s Climbing Camp – Bugaboos Edition (Summer, 2017). A week-long summer climbing camp that moves each year between the Columbia Icefields and the Bugaboos. Details soon. 5 days, $1,295.


Women's Ski Camp 2017 - Presented by Marmot Staff

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    Sylvia Forest

    Sylvia (Syl) Forest is a mountain guide living near Golden, BC. Syl worked as a park warden and mountain rescue specialist in Jasper, Lake Louise and Glacier National Parks for 23 years, and managed the mountain rescue program in Glacier Park for eight years. She completed her UIAGM Mountain Guide certification in 2001. Syl left Parks in the fall of 2013 in order to spend more time guiding, and to spend more time with her family.

    Syl also teaches avalanche courses regularly for the Canadian Avalanche Association, and works as a heli ski guide during the winter months.