Camp Highlights

  • Guided by Lead ACC Ski guide Doug Latimer
  • Expect complete isolation in a true Rockies wilderness 
  • Group gear including tents and cooking equipment provided
  • Learn winter expedition skills with hands on coaching

Dates & price

  •  March 29th-April 2nd, 2020
  • $1195 per person

Expedition-Style Winter Camping and a Remote Rockies Wilderness Make for a True Adventure Experience

Whether it's ski lifts, helcopters, mountain huts or porters, it's rare that modern, multi-day, alpine ski excursions are truly independent and self-powered. Our ACC ski camping Adventures change all that. Once at the trailhead, it's you and your guide in the wilderness carrying all of your own food and camping equipment.

This season, we'll be visiting the Brazeau Icefield in Jasper National Park. Despite it's incredible beauty, the remoteness of the area means it's highly likely you won't see another group during the course of the camp. And you'll have the chance to reach the rarely climbed summits of Mount Henry MacCleod, Valad Peak and Mount Brazeau which towers at 3,470m.  

The ACC will provide highly experienced guides, light and nutritious food, as well as sturdy tents and cooking equipment. But beyond this, the aim of the camp is to get you fully involved, helping hands-on with everything from routefinding to camp setup to snow stability assessments. Combined with coaching and mentorship, we feel this is the best way to teach you the expedition skills needed to complete ski camping trips independently in the future.

Camp Objectives
The first aim of this camp is to complete one of the most beautiful ski traverses in the Canadian Rockies. But along the way, you'll also learn a range of winter expeditioning skills, in particular:
  • Crevasse rescue and glacial travel techniques
  • Winter camping techniques
  • Backcountry nutrition and food preparation techniques
  • Navigation
  • Trip and route planning
  • Snow science & avalanche forecasting  
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
  • Day 1 - Meet your guide and group at the Lake Louise Hostel at 4pm. The evening will be spent on trip planning and familiarizing yourself with the group. You'll get out the maps and review the route with your guide, split group equipment up between team members, check each other's equipment and review key skills such as companion rescue. You'll also have the chance to eat a group meal and maybe grab a beer in the hostel's fantastic Bill Peyto cafe.
    • Day 2 - Together you'll travel up the Icefields Parkway and park the cars at Poboktan Creek 70km south of Jasper. From here you'll put on skis and slowly ascend through the forest up Poboktan Creek and then Poligne Creek, breaking off the summer trail to a small lake where your camp will be made. 
    Day 3 - You'll be returning to the same camp this day, so with a reduced load, you'll ascend onto the Coronet Glacier to the south east ridge of Mount Henry MacCleod (3315m), then ascend the ridge to the summit before travelling north along another alpine ridge to the summit of Valad Peak (3250m) and Mount Brazeau (3470m). Take some photos and enjoy the spectacular views!
  • Day 4 - Enjoy a more relaxed day as you make turns back down to the valley floor and travel back to the highway. You'll drive back to Lake Louise where you'll debrief with your guide, pack up and say your goodbyes taking home some fantastic memories. 
  • Day 5 - Conditions and weather can be notoriously changeable on the Icefields Parkway so we've built in a contingency day to give you the maximum chance of completing the traverse if weather comes in. If conditions are optimal, this day can instead be spent completing a day-trip from your camp or completing some skills based training with your guide.
Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate - Advanced

No previous mountaineering experience is required, however, you must have backcountry skiing/splitboarding experience and be able to comfortably ski the equivalent of blue/intermediate runs at downhill ski areas in variable conditions (powder, crust, icy etc.) with a heavy pack. Familiarity with touring equipment and the use of avalanche transceivers is also essential as is good all round fitness. You need to be capable of skinning uphill for several hours with a 45-50lb pack.

If you have any concerns about your suitability for this camp please contact the office before registering. 

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

Food is included with your camp fee. There will be a mix of lightweight but nutritious backpacking meals and snacks to keep you properly fuelled and hydrated for your adventure. All of our food is provided by specialized backcountry caterers based out of the Bow Valley. Check out our sample menu for full details of catering on ACC Adventures camps and courses.

Accommodation

Accommodation for this camp will be in the form of premium Mountain Hardwear tents provided by the Club and hostel accommodation at the Lake Louise Alpine Centre. 

Guiding

Our ACMG certified, on-staff ski guide Doug Latimer will use his immense experience to ensure your journey across the traverse is both safe and enjoyable. Our guides are welcome to answering questions about the region as well as everything from ski technique to gear. The maximum ratio of ACC staff to participants will be 3:1 given the involved nature of a tent-based ski traverse.

  • “This ski adventure is not widely known but is destined to become a Jasper classic”
- rockies ski legend Chic Scott -

Adventure Map

more information

  Email us
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

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Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • Pre-camp mentorship from your guide on trip planning and preparation
  • 4.5 days guiding by an ACMG certified ski guide
  • All group gear (tent, cooking equipment, fuel, ropes, maps, emergency equipment etc.)
  • 4 days lightweight and nutritious backcountry food 
  • 1 night stay at the Lake Louise Alpine Centre
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass

Participants Must Provide

  • Frontcountry food on day 1 (available at hostel cafe)
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • Transportation to/from trailhead

Your Guides

Doug Latimer

Doug has 20 years of guiding experience behind him as an ACMG ski guide and an ACMG apprentice rock guide. As well as his private guiding he has spent a number of years working for the UoC where he taught a range of instructional programs in avalanche training, crevasse rescue and backcountry ski and ski mountaineering. He also somehow finds time to run a multimedia production company! In 2019, we are excited to announce Doug will be joining us as our on-staff winter guide; the perfect guy to take care of our Intro To, avalanche safety and other ski courses. 


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