Women's Ski Camp 2018

Marmot sponsors the ACC’s Women’s Program, providing funding to make this camp accessible to as many women as possible. Marmot’s values and those of the ACC coincide, particularly on the issue of developing the skills of female mountaineers. Marmot has supported our Women’s Program since its inception and we thank them for their assistance.

A unique opportunity to build skills and ski in an all-female setting

Photo by Stephanie McArdle - Back behind Asulkan Hut

While most of us have awesome male trip partners, it can be nice to meet other adventurous women who love the mountains! If you want a chance to develop leadership and technical skills in a supportive environmment, this camp is intended to maximize your learning in female company. Join the ACC on the Wapta Icefield to breathe in the fresh air, strap on your skis and go explore!

Designed and offered for women exclusively, this unique ski camp provides an opportunity to work on winter skills and gain ski-mountaineering experience in an “all female” setting – all participants and staff will be female. This camp is traditionally heavy on instruction; glacier travel, whiteout navigation, crevasse rescue, route finding, track setting, snow stability evaluation, and terrain management. While all these skills are incorporated into the camp there will be plenty of opportunity to ski.

Photo by Sylvia Forest - Chillin at Bow Hut

Wapta Icefield – A place like no other

This camp will be taking place on the Wapta Icefield. This area allows a vast array of terrain for optimized learning and skiing. Over the course of six days and five nights, we will visit three of the ACC’s huts in the area. Our first night will be spent at the spacious Bow Hut at the toe of the glacier. For nights 2 and 3, we will traverse the glacier over to the less crowded Balfour Hut. We’ll do a final traverse over to the Peyto Hut for our last two nights.These three areas will allow for plenty of opportunities to see what the Wapta Icefields has to offer: tonnes of snow, wide open glaciers, and more peaks than you can name.

The structure of the camp lets us explore more than just doing the traditional Wapta. Some of the best skiing and touring on the camp will be had on our daily outings. Some options are skiing Trapper Col, Mt Baker, Mt Habel, Mt Rhondda (South), Mt. Thompson, St Nicholas, Mount Olive (North), Mt. Gordon and skiing on the always-beautiful Diableret Glacier. Come join the ACC on our annual Women’s-Only Ski Camp!

Slider Photos by Karen Woo and Stefanie McArdle

Level of Difficulty:

This camp is designed for women with some backcountry skiing experience. You must have a good level of fitness and be comfortable skiing the equivalent of blue/intermediate and black/advanced ski runs at downhill ski areas. Additionally, you must be able to ski in deep powder with a 13-17kg (30-40lb) pack for several hours. Participants will be expected to share in carrying group gear and their own lunch while on the camp.

Camp Details

  • March 10 - 15, 2018
  • $1,595+ Tax / Person
Camp Full Info Pack

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1: Meet at 7:00 am in Lake Louise. Carpool to the Bow Hut parking lot. Transceiver practice and travel to Bow Hut.
  • Day 2: Skiing in the Bow Hut area: practice winter skills and get some turns in. Traverse to the Balfour Hut.
  • Day 3: Explore the area around the Balfour Hut: spend the day using your new skills in this alpine area.
  • Day 4: Traverse over to the Peyto Hut for two days filled with skiing and learning winter mountain skills
  • Day 5: Ski the area around the Petyo hut: Mt. Baker, Mt. Trapper, Mt. Habel, and Mt. Rhondda are all within striking distance of the hut.
  • Day 6: One more ski up on the peaks before the ski down the valley back to the road.

Camp itinerary may change depending on conditions. All days will be filled with learning and skiing objectives based on weather, conditions, and participants’ goals.

Gear, Food & Lodging

  • ACMG guiding throughout the camp
  • Accommodation at the ACC’s huts throughout the camp
  • All meals starting with lunch on day 1, ending with lunch on Day 6
  • All group gear
  • National Parks wilderness passes
  • Transportation to the meeting area at HI-Lake Louise, and then on to the Bow hut parking lot (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool).
  • National Parks Vehicle Gate Pass (free this year through any of the visitor centres or park gates)
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack )
  • “The knowledge from the 2 guides and the camp manager was beyond my expectations. They were fun, knowledgeable women who motivate and inspire me”
  • “The expertise of the guides was amazing. They were engaging, supportive and encouraging with every member of the group and created a fantastic learning environment.”
  • “The guides were all amazing, as well as the camp manager.”
  • “ …our instructors and guides made sure to include us in their decision-making process and made it a learning experience and teachable moment.”
- Past Women’s Ski Camp by Marmot Participants-

Women's Ski Camp Staff