Fortune Creek Huts

Fortune favors the Brave! Our friends @Fortune Creek Huts offered us an opportunity to join their new operation as the exclusive guide service to run trips out of Van Epps Pass, of course we said yes! Skiing with friends in deep, dry eastside pow then sitting around the table at a hut knowing you can get up tomorrow and do it again, priceless. Now only 2 hours east of Seattle this experience exists and ready for you to put on your bucket list.

2022 Dates: Jan 20-23,23-26th;Feb 24-27, 27-March 2nd; March 18-21, 20-24th
Duration: 4 Days
Level: Expert
Client Ratio: 5:1
Cost: $1095 TOTAL- $500 Deposit/the balance due November 30th
Included:

  • Round-trip Snowmobile shuttle
  • 3 nights accommodations at Fortune Creek Huts,
  • Orientation with companion rescue refresher and gear familiarization;
  • 4 days of guided ski touring (including the first exchange day) by certified AMGA/IFMGA guides
  • Three healthy catered, delicious, wholesome meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner each day)
  • Guide Services
  • Not Included: Transportation to Trailhead, personal equipment, alcohol(you may bring your own), gratuities
    Reservation requirements:

  • Full payment is required to reserve
  • The hut must be booked in groups of 4 or 8
  • First come, first served (no holding spots without full payment)
  • If only 4 spaces are booked, the remaining 4 are open for another group
  • We are so psyched to offer world class hut based touring just a few hours from Seattle! Group ability and interest will dictate how much each group is able to ski. Our terrain offers a wide variety of objectives including long alpine runs of 1500-2500’ or 1000-1500’ treed runs. We try to guide to the median skier in the group. If we have a significant difference in abilities, we split the group to accommodate different objectives. An average intermediate group can expect 3-4000 vertical feet a day which can be 3-5 runs. An average, strong keen expert group can get 4-6000’ vertical a day which can be 4-8 runs.

    Open glades, deep bowls, wild open faces dropping from over 7k down to alpine lakes around 4K give us more runs than time. Sitting in the shadow of the Stuart Range, granite and thin eastside forests shape our terrain ranging from Fortune & Ingalls to the south to Scatter and Soloman Peaks to the north.

    Day 1 The meeting place for your trip is at the The Basecamp Cafe at 110 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Roslyn. Your meeting time is at 7:00 am. You are expected to sign your waiver at this time.  Snowmobile shuttle to FC Huts take place at the trailhead staging area on Cle Elum Lake. Guests are required to get themselves there.

    Days 2-4 Eat a hearty breakfast and tour to your groups abilities and current snow conditions allow, 4-7,000′ per day. Eat, drink, sleep and repeat!  Day 4 After an am tour, pack up, return to Roslyn and head back home with great memories and new friends!

    Our recommended clothing system has four layers.
    • Base layer: manages moisture and wicks perspiration away from your skin. (Polypro, capilene, driclime)
    • Softshell: should be a durable, comfortable, insulating and wind/water resistant layer that breathes well.
    • Hard shell: windproof, waterproof and breathable.  (e.g. Gore-Tex, or similar)
    • Insulating layer: should be down-fill or synthetic-fill and fit over all layers. (e.g. down, primaloft or polarguard)

    These four layers are usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder bring one extra medium-layer that would be ideal for extra warmth around camp, such as a vest. When deciding what to pack, remember to bring enough clothes and accessories to ensure your safety and comfort, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably won’t use.

    Climbing/Ski Gear
    • Skis or snowboard. Skis should be equipped with alpine touring bindings or telemark bindings. We prefer split decision Snowboards w/ skins because you do not need snow shoes.
    • Adjustable Ski Poles
    • Alpine touring, telemark, snowboard boots crampon compatible
    • Skins
    • Ski helmet * Adjustable, should fit with hat on
    Upper Body
    • 1 synthetic T-shirt
    • 1 long sleeve Sun Hoodie or shirt Lightweight, light colored for sunny days
    • 2 synthetic sports bras*(WOMEN)
    • 1 soft shell jacket
    • 1 Down/synthetic jacket with hood
    • 1 Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
    • 1 pair lightweight gloves
    • 1 pair warm waterproof gloves
    • Warm hat Wool or synthetic
    • Balaclava/Buff
    • Shade hat or Visor
    Lower Body
    • 2 pair med- heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
    • 1 pair lightweight long underwear
    • 1-2 pairs of underwear boxers/briefs
    • Softshell pants
    • Shell pants Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
    Sleeping Gear
    • Sleeping bag Rated to at least 20º F. Line the stuff sack w/ plastic bag.
    • Sleeping pad 1 closed cell foam and/or Neo-Air for extra warmth and comfort.
    Backpack
    • Internal frame pack 3500-4500 cubic inch capacity able to carry snowboard/skis
    Hut Clothes*
    • lightweight booties or slippers, comfortable top and bottom-cotton optional.
    • Towel and swim suit for the sauna
    Miscellaneous Equipment
    • Goggles and Sunglasses 100% UV protection with side shields or wrap around.
    • Personal first aid repair kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, spare parts for bindings and batteries etc.
    • Lip balm At least SPF 20
    • Sunscreen At least SPF 40
    • Headlamp lightweight LED
    • 2 water bottles 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene and 1 bottle holster, or
    • Hydration bladder With drinking tube and 1 Nalgene bottle
    • Toiletry kit 
    • Bandana
    • Hand wipes
    • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
    • Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds)
    • Camera
    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    WILL MY GUIDE (OR GUIDES) BE?
    You will receive an introductory email with the instructor for your course. We are small company who enjoy working together in the mountains as well as highly skilled professionals who hold current Wilderness First Responder certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills. Our guides are dedicated to the world of alpinism, many having first ascents and hold professional certifications with AIARE & AMGA. The AMGA is part of the IFMGA, which is the international body of certified mountain guides.

    HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
    Tipping is considered standard practice in the guiding industry. Tipping amounts vary, often 10% of the course cost is a good rule-of-thumb, so $20-25 per day per person/per guide is average that works well for the guides without a serious blow to your wallet. If you feel that the program was exceptional or substandard the tip can reflect that.

    CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT FROM BCAG?
    Here are some local options if you forgot something:
    Ascent Outdoors (206) 545-8811

    HOW MUCH CAN I TAKE?
    Excluding ski gear-40 pound weight limit on clothes. Follow the equipment list and it will be plenty.
    HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?
    You will carry 10-15 pounds, which will include everything on the equipment list.

    WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF MY TRIP?
    50% Deposit at the time of the reservation, the balance due 90 days prior to departure.

    WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
    If you should decide to cancel your trip, BCAG must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date we receive written notice. You will be assessed a cancellation fee according to the following schedule:
    90 to 22 days from trip departure – 50% of trip cost
    30 days or less – 100% of trip cost

    WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE THE DATES OF MY TRIP?
    Schedule changes are subject to a $50 fee per person up to 2 weeks out and $100 less than 14 days from the start of the trip and may not be possible. If conditions or circumstances preclude running a scheduled program we reserve the right to make the decision as to whether the program will be canceled, rescheduled, or an alternative provided.

    WHAT HAPPENS IF BC ADVENTURE GUIDES HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
    In the rare circumstance where we need to cancel a program you can reschedule without a fee or receive a refund on your deposit. If circumstances arise that force us to cancel a program that is already in progress we reserve the right to decide whether a refund or credit, at a prorated rate, will be issued. We are not responsible for cancellation fees or costs arising from your changed or cancelled flights, lodging, or other arrangements. We strongly recommend obtaining trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent.

    DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE?
    BCAG highly encourages the purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance on domestic trips and requires it on International trips. Europeans and Canadians use it because travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.
    Several options include Travelex or Travel Guard International at (1-877-248-8992) & www.travelguard.com for protecting your investment, however there are many companies to choose from and you may wish to do some individual research regarding which policy is right for you.

    WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO LEAVE A RETURN HOME?
    We’re deep in the Cascade backcountry and relatively easy to get to. Guests meet at The Basecamp Cafe. Your meeting time is at 7:00 am. You are expected to sign your waiver at this time.  Snowmobile Shuttle to FC Huts take place at the Snowmobile Staging area. Guests are required to get themselves to trailhead. Plan on being out by mid afternoon and back in Seattle by early evening.

    WHERE TO STAY-Roslyn