Camp Highlights

  • Visit one of the top 5 backcountry ski huts in North America
  • Guided by long-time ACC favourite Conrad Janzen
  • Let our on-site camp chef take care of all your meals
  • A prime-time week maximizes your chances of blower powder

Dates & price

  •  Feb 29th - Mar 7th, 2020
  •  $2,795 per person

Our Ultimate Heli-Accessed Powder Adventure

This is your chance to spend a once-in-a-lifetime week skiing at the ACC's renowned Fairy Meadow Hut. Situated in the Adamant Range of the Selkirk Mountains, this destination was named “THE backcountry ski destination in Canada” by none other than legendary backcountry skier Chic Scott and was recently ranked the fourth best ski hut in all of North America by this blog.

If spectacular scenery, long glacier runs, and abundant ski-mountaineering opportunities weren't enough, you'll also be treated to a wood-fired sauna and hot drinks and delicious meals prepared by your own group chef.

Our highly experienced guiding team led by long term favourite Conrad Janzen know the region intimately and will be able to divide the group based on abilities, keeping the camp safe and the skiing satisfying for everybody.

The only catch? This camp sells out every year so grab your spot early to avoid disappointment!

Camp Objectives

The clue is in the name - the primary objective of this camp is to ski great powder in a stunning alpine setting! The high cols between the Adamants offer world-famous skiing, accessing the Gothic Glacier and the Granite Glacier.

But this camp is geared toward climbing peaks as well as skiing great powder (often in the same day). There are plenty of exciting ski mountaineering objectives available, including 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).

Due to the superb location and accessibility of the hut, participants will be able to take each day at their own speed and get in as much skiing as conditions permit. Choose between short days, long days or days of complete relaxation in the hut.
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Day 1: Meet in Golden, BC, at the the Big Bend Cafe at 9am, where you will be introduced to your group and your guides. Travel to the nearby staging area at Sorcerer Lodge Heliport where you will fly into the Fairy Meadow Hut by private helicopter (on a clear day, the views over the Adamants are stunning). There will still be plenty of time for a first day of skiing once you arrive and unpack. This is a good opportunity to review gear, companion and crevasse rescue skills briefly before being orientated to the area by you guides. 
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  • Day 2 - 7: There are so many great objectives accessible from the hut that we can't really speculate on exactly how each day will look. Each evening the group and guides will gather in the hut to discuss and decide on objectives and groups for the next day. As long as the weather plays ball, you can all-but guarantee climbing classic mountaineering objectives at around 3000m of elevation and then being rewarded with long powder runs back down to the hut. Nearby gladed runs ensure there's plenty to do when the snow is flying. 
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  • Day 8: Pack up, take some final pictures of the breathtaking views and travel back to Golden by helicopter 
Is this Camp For Me?
Advanced
This is an advanced powder camp program. The strong, experienced skier will enjoy and be challenged by this camp. Previous backcountry ski experience is required. 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. If you are unsure about whether this camp is right for you, please contact the office.
Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

Evenings will be spent enjoying great food, socializing in cozy hut surroundings and resetting for the next day’s skiing. Food supplies will be flown in by helicopter (no dehydrated stuff here) and cooked up by our dedicated chef. All meals are designed to be healthy, sumptuous and plentiful and special dietary needs can be accommodated. Because we want you to be able to focus on the powder not the cooking! 

Accommodation

The Fairy Meadow Hut is truly one of the jewels in the crown of the ACC's hut network. Perched on a bench deep in the Selkirks and surrounded by granite spires, glaciers and powder slopes, it is the quintessential base for a week of ski touring. The hut is very comfortable with a wood stove, propane lighting, ever-popular sauna and comfortable outhouses located just outside the hut - the perfect setting for apres-ski relaxation!

Guiding

The ever-popular Conrad Janzen leads our team of three ACMG certified guides who will ensure your time at Fairy Meadow is both safe and enjoyable. All our guides come back year after year so are super knowledgable about the area and welcome to answering any questions. Our low guiding ratios (maximum 16 participants to 3 guides) allow us to form groups based on abilities and ambition, making sure the pace and difficulty is right for you.

  • The skiing terrain couldn’t have been better! Comfy hut and nice folks to share the week with
  • 10/10 for Conrad and the guides under his supervision. Perfect! Why? Conrads gentle confidence and his mindfulness to provide options by having 3 groups.
  • 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…
- 2019 Fairy Meadow Powder Camp Participants-

Adventure Map

Click here for a cool map of the GPX tracks from one of our 2019 participants!

Smartwool supports our Powder Program and we thank them for their assistance.

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

  • Professional guiding by three fully-certified ACMG ski guides
  • Exclusive accommodation at Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut for the week
  • Helicopter transportation to and from the hut
  • All meals, beginning with dinner on Day 1 and ending with lunch on Day 8
  • Services of a dedicated camp chef
  • All group gear (ropes, emergency equipment etc.)
  • ACC office staff available Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm MST

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to/from Sorcerer Lodge Heliport close to Golden (carpooling lists will be provided ahead of time)
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 8
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

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!


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