Fairy Meadow Powder Week 2017

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: April 1 - 8, 2017
  • Adventure Rates: $2,495 + applicable tax
  • Information Package: Download Info Pack
The Fairy Meadow Powder Week is part of the ACC's annual Powder Program which is sponsored by our partner Smartwool. Smartwool's support allows us to keep costs of our Powder Program camps and courses low as well as provide Smartwool product to all of the program's participants. We thank them for their support.

Course is now full, wait list only

A fly-in, fully guided and catered week in powder paradise

Photo by Mark Masterson

Photo by Mark Masterson

The Fairy Meadow Powder Week is your chance to spend a week with once-in-a-lifetime skiing at the renowned Fairy Meadow Hut! Situated in the Adamant Range of the Selkirk Mountains and called “THE backcountry ski destination in Canada”* by Chic Scott in his guidebook Summits and Icefields, the Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut is a destination sought-after for its spectacular scenery, long glacier runs, and abundant ski-mountaineering opportunities.

Easily accessed from the hut, the high cols between the Adamants offer world-famous skiing and provide access to skiing on the Gothic Glacier, the Granite Glacier and many peaks. Mountaineering objectives in the area include East Pioneer (3,164 m), Mt. Sir William (3,002 m), Sentinel Peak (3,033 m), Colossal (2,940 m), and Enterprise (2,910 m). This camp is geared toward climbing peaks as well as skiing great powder, often in the same day.

A place like no other…

Photo by Ian Jackson

Photo by Ian Jackson – Sumiting one of the many peaks

The challenge of ascending summits and high cols is rewarded by breathtaking views and long, uninterrupted runs back to the hut, sauna, hot drinks and delicious meals prepared at the hut by the group’s chef. Short runs close to the hut also offer opportunities for practicing turns, enjoying shorter days of tree skiing and getting out during spells of bad weather.

Apres-ski time at the hut includes socializing, relaxing by the wood-burning fireplace, sauna time and enjoying gourmet dinners. All meals are prepared by a camp chef and are designed to be healthy, sumptuous and plentiful. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.

This cost of this camps has increased this year due to a number of reasons. Due to the large nature of this camp and it’s diversity in our participants, we will be sending out three guides rather than the two we have previously sent out. This will allow us to cater to more diverse participants as well as make the camp more safe for everyone. The Bill Putnam Hut fee has also increased resulting in a higher costs. We can’t wait to see you all out there!

Slider Pictures by Mark Masterson & David Preissl

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Meet in Golden, BC at Big Bend Cafe at 9:00 am. Fly into Fairy Meadow Hut
  • Day 1-7 – Lose yourself in the splendour of Fairy Meadow!
  • Day 8 – Fly back to Golden

Gear, Food, Lodging


  • Accommodation at Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut for the week
  • Helicopter transport to and from the hut
  • All meals, beginning with dinner on Day 1 and ending with lunch on Day 8
  • Guiding by three ACMG-certified guide throughout the camp
  • All group gear

Participants must provide:

  • Transportation to/from Golden and staging area (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles to carpool)
  • Lunch on day 1, Dinner on day 8
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)

Level of Difficulty

The strong, experienced skier will enjoy and be challenged by this camp. Fairy Meadow is not for complete beginners! An advanced level of fitness and high-intermediate to advanced downhill ski abilities are essential. This means being comfortable skiing black diamond runs with a 7-9 kg (15-20 lb) pack in backcountry snow conditions (read: deep powder!). For those individuals who live at lower elevations (less than 1000m/3300’), we recommend that you arrive in the mountains a few days before the camp to do some skiing on your own and acclimatize to the altitude. This camp involves living at and above 2050m/6800’ for the week.

Due to the hut-based nature of the camp, participants will be able to take each day at their own speed and get in as much skiing as conditions permit. Participants will be able to choose between short days, long days or days of complete relaxation in the hut. The hut is very comfortable with a wood stove, propane lighting and world famous sauna. Please not that there is no indoor washroom, comfortable outhouses are just outside the hut.

From past Camp participants

Photo by Mark Masterson

Photo by Mark Masterson

“One of the best weeks I’ve ever had in the mountains”

– Past Participant

“The skiing terrain! Couldn’t have been better! Comfy hut and nice folks to share the week with”

– Past Participant

“Great trip! Fully met expectations.”

– Past Participant

…as the weather got colder and fresh snow fell in the course of the week…  The Selkirks are (of course) stunningly beautiful, and it was great to be there with a wonderful group, great guides, and based at such a nice hut…

– Past Participant

More Powder Program camps and courses - Presented by Smartwool

Winter in Canada’s mountains means powder skiing and the ACC knows the terrain. Whether you’re looking to get skills and get up to speed, or looking for the trip of a lifetime, you’ll find it here. Join us!

Powder Program Adventures

  • Rogers Pass Powder Camp (Jan 28-Feb 1, 2017). An awesome ski camp deep in Rogers Pass, based in the Wheeler and Asulkan Huts. For experienced skiers. 5 days, $1,450.

Powder Program Skills Courses


Fairy Meadow Powder Week Staff

  • Conrad on Swan Dive

    Conrad Janzen

    Conrad is an ACMG Mountain Guide based in Banff, Alberta. He has been passionately engaged in skiing and climbing adventures throughout North America and Europe for the past 20 years and has been fortunate to share many of these experiences with others as a mountain guide. He has been leading mountain adventures with the Alpine Club of Canada since 2002 when he first guided at the Fairy Meadow Hut.

    Currently Conrad mixes his time working as an independent Mountain Guide and as a Visitor Safety Specialist with Parks Canada. His favorite pastime is skiing and he is very excited to return to one of the best places to ski in Canada, Fairy Meadow!

  • Lars Andrews,, Whitecap Alpine, :McGIllvray Pass,, Lars Andrews, McGilvray Mountain.

    Lydia Marmont

    Lydia was introduced to the mountains at a young age and has been drawn to them ever since.  She’s been exploring the ranges of western Canada for the past 12 years and loves bringing others along on those adventures.  She has been guiding for the past 10 years.  Based out of Revelstoke, the epicenter of Canadian powder, she works for Canadian Mountain Holidays in the winter and does a mix of private guiding and instructional work in the summer.  Fairy Meadow is one of Lydia’s favorite places in the world to ski.