Camp Highlights

  • One of the ACC's premier backcountry lodges
  • Price includes helicopter ride in and out of the hut
  • On-site camp cook prepares scrumptious meals each day
  • Guaranteed, fresh-track, powder

Dates & price

  •  March 30 - April 6
  • $2,750 + Tax / Person

Our Ultimate Heli-Accessed Powder Adventure

The Fairy Meadow Powder Week is your chance to spend a week enjoying once-in-a-lifetime skiing at the renowned Fairy Meadow Hut. Situated in the Adamant Range of the Selkirk Mountains and named as “THE backcountry ski destination in Canada” by none other than legendary backcountry skier Chic Scott, the Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut is a sought-after destination for its spectacular scenery, long glacier runs, and abundant ski-mountaineering opportunities.

The challenge of ascending summits and high cols is rewarded by breathtaking views; long, uninterrupted runs back to the hut; a wood-fired sauna; and 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.

The three experienced guides will be able to divide the group based on abilities and ambition, keeping the camp safe and the skiing satisfying for everybody.

Join us on this-demand ACC Adventure this winter!

Camp Objectives
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 located just outside the hut.

Easily accessed from the hut, the high cols between the Adamants offer world-famous skiing, accessing the Gothic Glacier, the Granite Glacier and many nearby 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.
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 nearby staging area 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Day 8: Pack up, take some final pictures of the hut and 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. Apres-ski time at the hut will give you a chance to socialize, relax by the wood-burning fireplace and grab some sauna time.

Guiding

Our three ACMG certified ski or full mountain guides will ensure your time at Fairy Meadow is both safe and enjoyable. Our guides will be welcome to answering questions about the region as well as everything from ski technique to gear. The size of the camp also allows us to form groups based on abilities and ambition, making sure the pace and difficulty is right for you.

  • “One of the best weeks I’ve ever had in the mountains”
  • “The skiing terrain! Couldn’t have been better! Comfy hut and nice folks to share the week with”
  • “Great trip! Fully met expectations.”
  • …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 Fairy Meadow Powder Camp Participants-

Adventure Map

Contact Us

  Email
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

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 guides
  • 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

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)

Your Guides

Chucky Gerrard

Participants and staff at the GMC are probably familiar with Charles “Chucky” Gerrard as the guy who keeps the camp running, can improvise a fix for almost anything with a roll of duct tape and the parts from an old dirt bike, and makes sure that everybody gets to where they’re going. In the winter, he does double-duty as an ACMG guide and a Level 4 snowboard instructor with CASI (Canadian Alliance of Snowboard Instructors). In his spare time, he hand builds his own gear.

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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