2021 we are going to Golden Alpine Holidays, Vista Lodge! This zone offers some of the best access to alpine terrain from the middle of a beautiful alpine meadow at the edge of Vista Lake near the source of Schlicting Creek. The five drainages keep the variety of runs interesting, being the portal to the big alpine zones off Cherub Glacier to the west. Strategically located at the center of the Esplanade Range, Vista is equally famous for its’ amazing spring skiing
2022 Dates: February(COVID-19 change)
Duration: 7 Days
Client Ratio: 5:1
Cost: $2250 TOTAL- $500 Deposit/the balance due November 30th
- Helicopter access from Golden, with return flight,
- 7 nights accommodations at Vista Lodge,Orientation with companion rescue refresher and gear familiarization;
- 7 days of guided ski touring (including the first exchange day) by certified AMGA/IFMGA guides
- Three healthy meals per day prepared by our professional cooking staff
- Full use of the lodge facility with sauna, drying room, duvets and sleeping linens
Not Included: Transportation to Golden, personal equipment, alcohol(you may bring your own), gratuities
We are so psyched to change it up for everyone who went to the Boulder and Meadow Lodges and explore a new zone @The Vista Lodge! Legendary cold smoke of the Selkirks in the comfort of the GAH tenure where amazing lodges sit under mind blowing terrain..
- Separate dining, guest sleeping, guide lodging and sauna buildings
- Home cooked meals featuring fresh meat, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit
- Wood heat
- Electric lights
- 2 person room sleeping accommodations with pillows, fresh linens and duvets
- Stretching area
- Indoor pee toilet; two outdoor outhouses
Day 1 The meeting place for your trip is at the Golden Alpine Holidays office at 104, 806 – 9th Street North. Your meeting time is at 7:00 am Mountain Standard Time (MST). You are expected to sign your waiver at this time. Flights to GAH lodges take place at our Helicopter Staging Facility west of Golden. Guests are required to get themselves to GAH Staging.
Days 2-7 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 8 Pack up and return to Golden 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.
- 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
- Ski helmet * Adjustable, should fit with hat on
- 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
- Shade hat or Visor
- 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 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.
- Internal frame pack 3500-4500 cubic inch capacity able to carry snowboard/skis
- lightweight booties or slippers, comfortable top and bottom-cotton optional.
- Towel and swim suit for the sauna
- 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
- Hand wipes
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
- Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds)
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:
High Country Communications (radios/sat phones) Jock 250-344-2504
Wilsons (Lake Louise): 1-866-929-3636
MEC (403) 269-2420
University of Calgary Outdoor Centre: (403) 220-5038
Gear Up (Canmore): (403) 678-1636
Selkirk Source for Sports: (250) 344-2925
Go Ape Camera Rentals: (403) 598-5714 (Rob Gillis)
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 Selkirk backcountry and relatively easy to get to. Guests meet at The meeting place for your trip is at the Golden Alpine Holidays office at 104, 806 – 9th Street North. Your meeting time is at 7:00 am Mountain Standard Time (MST). You are expected to sign your waiver at this time. Flights to GAH lodges take place at our Helicopter Staging Facility west of Golden. Guests are required to get themselves to GAH Staging.
Please plan your travel itinerary giving yourself a buffer (a day on each end) to accommodate delays due to stormy weather. These could include your incoming flight not arriving on time or a weather delay in helicopter transport out from the hut. In the winter it snows here. A lot.
AIR TRANSPORT OPTIONS
Flying to Calgary is the closest airport to Golden, 280 km and a little over 3 hours away.
Car Rental from Calgary Airport 1-800-654-3131
Greyhound 1-800-661-TRIP (8747)
Shuttles: Mount 7 Taxis – (250) 344-5237 Alternative transportation to our staging area from Golden is available. Contact Mount Seven Taxi at 1-250-344-5237
WHERE TO STAY-GOLDEN
Prestige Hotel and Resorts: (250) 344-7990
Vagabond Lodge: 1-877-439-1090
Kicking Horse River Lodge: (250) 439-1112
Visitor Info Center: 1-800-622-4653