Cross-country or Backcountry Ski the Canadian Rockies


Global Adventure - Cross-country or Backcountry Ski the Canadian Rockies

You will love the spectacular scenery and powder snow! Mt. Assiniboine is the “Matterhorn of the Rockies”. Deluxe beautiful Assiniboine Lodge has a main lodge, indoor flush toilet, private bedrooms, heated log cabins, bedding and towels, hot showers, sauna, avalanche gear, and famous history! This outing is fully guided and catered. Helicopter in and ski out (option to helicopter out). As an additional option, soak in historic Banff Hot Springs, dine at luxurious Banff Springs Hotel, and/or drive the Icefields Parkway. The scenery and skiing are amazing!

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  • Mon, Feb 15, 2016 — Sun, Feb 21, 2016
  • Global Adventures Committee
  • Backcountry Skiing, Global Adventures
  • Adults
  • N4 Nordic Advanced Ski, M1 Mountain 1 Ski, M2 Mountain 2 Ski
  • Moderate

Lake Louise Hostel, Alberta on Sunday February 14 at 7:00pm for dinner. Since this is Presidents’ Day week, if you work, you can take 5 vacation days to get a 9-day vacation.

Itinerary:   We will have a fully guided and catered week in some of the most spectacular Rocky Mountain scenery. Sunday February 14 (Valentine’s Day) drive to Lake Louise (or fly to Calgary, then shuttle to Canmore), meet for dinner, sleep in the Lake Louise Hostel. Monday February 15 (Presidents’ Day) drive to Canmore and Mt. Shark helipad, helicopter in. February 15-21 cross country or backcountry ski amazing terrain. Sunday February 21 ski out 17 miles in  7-10 hours (or you can helicopter out for an extra fee), optional soak in historic Banff Hot Springs,  optional dine at luxurious Banff Springs Hotel, and optional stay at Alpine Club of Canada's Canmore clubhouse hostel. Monday February 22 drive home, optional visit Lake Louise, and optional drive home via the Icefields Parkway (one of the most scenic roads in the world) to Jasper.

Season:   February-March is the best time of year to ski the Canadian Rockies because of the weather and snowpack.

Terrain: Assiniboine Lodge is situated in the backcountry about tree line, with easy access to a wide variety of cross country touring and backcountry skiing. There is terrain for all levels of skiers.

Lodge: Take a step back into Canadian history and have a mountain adventure like no other. Built in 1928, Assiniboine Lodge is the first ski lodge in the Canadian Rockies. Retaining its rustic charm of the past, the comfortable and cozy accommodations are the perfect base to explore the spectacular area. The full-service lodge welcomes guests in a main lodge and private cabins. Accessible from Canmore, guests enjoy guided ski touring, gourmet meals, warm showers, rolling in the snow after a sauna, and goose-down duvets.  They welcome people with an adventurous spirit to be inspired by the mountains, experience solitude, be still, enjoy fine cuisine, and to feel as though you are part of a living history. Extraordinary experiences are served daily. Assiniboine Lodge is a remote backcountry lodge. It is 28 kilometers from the nearest road and completely off the grid. Accessible by helicopter or skiing.

 Assiniboine Lodge consists of a main lodge (with dining hall), seven cabins, and an outhouse building. In the main lodge are five cozy rooms to accommodate guests. Perched above the living room, each room has a slightly different sleeping configuration. In keeping with the mountain lifestyle, there is a communal sink upstairs for washing and there is nighttime access to a flush toilet located inside the lodge.

 Six historic one-bedroom log cabins and one newly-built log cabin are scattered among the larch trees and meadows. Every cabin has a slightly different sleeping configuration and they can be rented as private cabins for two or shared with up to five people. All furniture is handmade and beds feature cozy goose-down duvets. There are postcard views from every window and porch. In the winter, enjoy the night sky as never before on outhouse missions.

 The bath house is a short walk from the lodge and has plenty of hot water for showers. A roll in the snow after a sauna is a perfect way to finish a winter day in the mountains. Lights are powered by an ecological micro hydro generator.

Safety: The guides will provide free avalanche gear and training on the first day after our arrival. For communication, there is radio contact every day with the Canmore office.

Food:   Skiing builds an appetite for nutritious and delicious meals. Breakfast features homemade granola and yogurt, whole-grain hot cereal, fruit salad, eggs, and oven warm and homemade baked goods. Pack your own picnic lunch just how you like it. Head out into the hills with the ski guides in trips adjusted for all levels. Put your feet up and expand the belly a little more at afternoon tea. Enjoy the three-course dinner and selection of wine and beer (extra cost) in the historic dining room.

 Leader:  Craig Miller has led dozens of backcountry ski weeks for The Mountaineers, mostly in Canada.

 Requirements:  Participants must have experience nordic skiing or backcountry skiing.

Price:   The price is $2,000. The price includes helicopter flight in, Assiniboine Lodge, professional guide service, nutritious and delicious meals, sales tax, and The Mountaineers’ administration fee. The price excludes transportation to and from Canmore, lodging, and dinner the night before. The leader will help arrange carpools.

Registration:   Please register online and pay the full amount.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel because of an emergency, you may receive a refund less expenses incurred and a $100 administrative fee.


Cross-country or Backcountry Ski the Canadian Rockies

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