Camp Highlights

  • Low ratio guiding by our experienced ACMG ski guides
  • Stay at the historic and perfectly situated Wheeler Hut 
  • Scrumptious food prepared by your own group cook
  • A prime week gives maximum chance of blower powder

Dates & price

  •  Feb 3rd-7th, 2020
  • $1,325 + Tax / Person

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

A Legendary Backcountry Powder Destination

Rogers Pass is one of the undoubted capitals of North American ski touring. The sheer amount of powder, vertical and terrain makes it a must-do destination for those with prior backcountry experience looking to push it to the next level. However, this can be an intimidating place to be for first-timers. And with no frontcountry facility in Glacier National Park, accommodation and catering arrangements can be cumbersome.

Step forward the Wheeler Edition of our popular Rogers Pass Powder Program. Four nights of prime time accommodation at our beautiful Wheeler Hut give convenient access to the powder stashes of the Illecillewaet and Asulkan valleys. Your very own group cook takes the effort and stress out of cooking with scrumptious and wholesome meals while our highly experienced ACMG ski guides help get you familiar with the region, teach you how to manage its unique risks and make the most of the fantastic powder on offer.

More advanced skiers might also consider the Asulkan Edition of this camp.

Camp Objectives

Rogers Pass offers literally hundreds of objectives for beginner right through to expert skiers. With eight major zones to explore there is enough skiing here to last a lifetime! Our guides will pick the right destinations and objectives for the group based on weather, conditions and participant input. 

The Wheeler Hut offers out-of-the-door access to both the Asulkan and Illecillewaet drainages which are some of the best zones at Rogers Pass. Classic objectives and lines easily accessible from the hut include:
  • Mushroom People
  • Dome Glacier
  • Rampart Bowl
  • Lily Glacier
  • Youngs Peak
  • Perley Rock
  • 7 Steps of Paradise

    The nearby Ursus drainage also offers a great range of moderate objectives and lines including:
  • Grizzly Shoulder,
  • Puff Daddy,
  • Balu Peak
  • Video Peak
  • Ursus Trees
  • Hourglass
  • Teddy Bear Trees. 
  • Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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    • Day 1: Meeting time will be at 7:50am PST (Vancouver, Revelstoke), which is 8:50 MST (Calgary, Golden) at the Rogers Pass Visitor Centre. Those who need to can pick up their permits and you will get an orientation from the guide and/or Parks Canada staff on the area and how the winter permit system works. You will then likely perform a brief review/practice of companion rescue techniques and group gear before heading up the Ursus Valley for one of the many classic lines on offer. At the end of the day, a short drive and skin gets you to the cosy Wheeler Hut where you will meet your cook, receive a hut orientation and enjoy a sociable and delicious group meal before deciding on the next day's objectives. 
    • Days 2-4: Each morning will see the group setting off early for the huge variety of classic objectives in the Pass. Our guides will select which zones and lines to visit based on conditions, weather and group input. You can guarantee to visit a good range of zones and valleys as well as different styles of skiing with at least one day spent up the Asulkan and Illecillewaet drainages. 
    • Day 5: You will enjoy a fifth and final day of Rogers Pass powder before returning to your vehicles and debriefing with your guide. We aim to try finish the day around 5pm at the latest to give people time to return home that night. 
    Is this Camp For Me?
    Beginner - Intermediate
    This camp is designed for skiers with a prior knowledge of backcountry skiing but is designed to be more entry-level than our Rogers Pass Powder - Asulkan edition .

    We require participants to have a good level of fitness, confident downhill ski abilities in variable snow conditions and familiarity with equipment and avalanche transceivers. Participants should be able to ski the equivalent of blue runs in backcountry conditions with a daypack.
    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. For this year's camp we've added your very own group cook to the staffing roster because we know the last thing you or the guides want to deal with after a big day of skiing is dealing with the cooking! The hut's proximity to the road allows for fresh ingredients to be carried in so you can look forward to healthy, tasty and nutritious to keep you properly fuelled for a week's skiing.

    Accommodation

    Guests on this camp will be staying at the ACC's Wheeler Hut in the heart of the pass. This perfect location provides convenient access to many great ski lines in the area and translates to less driving time each day and more time spent exploring classic lines. With room for 24 people the communal and sleeping areas are spacious and the hut features a propane system which provides the cooking and lighting, with two wood stoves for heating. Our camp will be taking up roughly half the hut with 15 spaces reserved for you and your guides.

    Guiding

    Our ACMG certified ski guides will ensure your adventure is safe and enjoyable and will be welcome to answering questions about the region as well as everything from ski technique to gear. The maximum ratio of guides to participants will be 6:1 to ensure the best possible ski experience. With sufficient registrations, we will also be able to split the group into two to allow flexibility for different objectives and levels of fitness and ambition. 

    • Great guides! Fantastic week that I will remember forever and set me up for future touring! Life changing in that way!
    • I really liked the group, everyone was nice and friendly and the location was beautiful.
    - 2019 Rogers Pass Powder Camp Participants -

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    more information

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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

    • 5 days low-ratio guiding by ACMG certified guides
    • 4 nights accommodation at the Wheeler Hut
    • Group cook
    • All meals starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with lunch on day 5
    • All group gear (emergency equipment etc.)
    • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass

    Participants Must Provide

    • Transportation to and from Rogers Pass and between trailheads
    • Personal gear (see gear list)
    • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 5

    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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