Camp Highlights

  • All-female guiding staff and participants
  • Explore a world-class backcountry ski destination
  • Stay at the ACC's Wheeler & Asulkan Huts
  • Let us take care of all food and group gear arrangements

Dates & price

  •  Jan 28th - Feb 1st, 2019
  • $1,250 + Tax / Person

Marmot has sponsored the ACC’s Women’s Program since its inception. We thank them for their generous assistance.


Build Skills and Ski Bottomless Powder in an All-Female Setting


Join the ACC in Rogers Pass to breathe in the fresh air, strap on your skis and go explore! If you want to build your skills, meet other adventurous women, and learn from female backcountry mentors, the 2019 Marmot Women's Camp at Rogers Pass is the trip for you.

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. This camp is traditionally heavy on instruction. Topics on past courses have included glacier travel, whiteout navigation, crevasse rescue, routefinding, track setting, snow stability evaluation, and terrain management. We're in favour of hands-on learning: there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy the legendary Rogers Pass powder. Food will be sledded into the Wheeler hut and portered into the Asulkan hut, helping you to keep your pack light while you play in the snow.

Build your confidence, meet lifelong ski buddies, and have adventures that you'll be talking about for years to come on our 2019 Marmot Women's Camp!

Camp Objectives

A variety of objectives will keep participants busy for the five-day camp. The first two nights will be spent at the Wheeler hut, enjoying the comfort (and catering options) offered by a short, 20-minute ski from the parking lot. The Wheeler hut accesses plenty of alpine terrain and tree skiing to take advantage of a variety of snow condtions. The next two nights will be at the spectacular Asulkan hut. From your perch above the headwall, you have an unparalleled view back down the valley and over to classic Rogers Pass objectives.

Rogers Pass offers literally hundreds of objectives for beginner through to expert skiers. 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 from the hut include: Mushroom People, Dome Glacier, Rampart Bowl, Lily Glacier, Youngs Peak, Perley Rock and the 7 Steps of Paradise.

The Asulkan Cabin is located at the head of the Asulkan Valley at Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park, and has a roughly 3-5 hour approach (potentially longer with fresh snow). Classic objectives from the hut include The Seven Steps of Paradise, Paradise, Asulkan Pass, Pterodactyl, Sapphire Col and the Dome Glacier.

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 and Teddy Bear Trees. 

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Day 1: Meet at 7am PST at the Rogers Pass Visitor Centre where 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 you will make the short drive and skin up to the cosy Wheeler Hut where you will receive a hut orientation and enjoy a sociable and delicious group meal before deciding on the next day's objectives. 
  • Day 2: After a hearty breakfast, you'll head out the door to explore the terrain around the Wheeler Hut. Mushroom People, the Dome Glacier, and the Vaux Moraines are just a few of the possible lines you can access. After skiing, you'll all pitch in to help out with dinner, and discuss your plans for the next day.
  • Day 3: Head to the Asulkan hut. The trip itself is about a 3-5 hour ski. Depending on your group's ability and ambition, there are a few fun detours that you could take to make it to the hut (via Lookout Col, for example). Once at the hut, you'll drop your bags. If time permits, you might get in a short ski on some of the amazing alpine terrain surrounding the hut. 
  • Day 4: If conditions cooperate, you may have a crack at one of the big alpine objectives accessible from the Asulkan Hut. Ski Young's Peak via the Seven Steps of Paradise, and head back to the cozy Asulkan Hut for dinner. 
  • 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?
Intermediate
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. 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. 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. 

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 carried in by porter to reduce pack weights and increase the quality and enjoyment of skiing. Our food is pre-prepared by Bow Valley cooks who specialize in creating meals for backcountry adventures. There'll be no dehydrated stuff here! The proximity of the hut and our use of porters allows us to carry in fresh and frozen meals and ingredients!

Accommodation

Guests on this camp will be staying at the ACC's Wheeler and Asulkan Huts 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.

Guiding

In keeping with the mission of the camp, our ACMG certified ski or full mountain guides are all women! As with all our guides they will ensure your adventure is both safe and enjoyable as well as being open to answering questions about the region as well as everything from ski technique to gear. The maximum ratio of guides to participants will be 5:1 to ensure participants can travel at a pace which is right for them and have the chance to ask questions.

  • “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-

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Contact Us

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   403 678 3200 ext. 109

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

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Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 5 days guiding throughout the camp by all-female ACMG certified guides
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Wheeler Hut
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Asulkan Cabin
  • All group gear 
  • All meals for the duration of the camp
  • Portered food drop to reduce backpack loads
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from Rogers Pass. Participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool to the day’s skiing objectives.
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Madeleine Martin-Preney

Madeleine passed her full ACMG ski guide certification in 2018. She was born and raised in Nelson, BC and is now largely based in Revelstoke, She has designed her lifestyle to accommodate her passion for adventure and ensure extended time in the mountains with great people, and is extremely thankful for the many friends and communities that make this possible. During the summer she works as a lead instructor for Outward Bound Canada and most of her winter is spent working at the Durrand Glacier. She feels that working with others in the mountains as a guide is one of the most fulfilling and fascinating ways to support and witness positive human development and personal growth.


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