Guided Backcountry Ski Trips in Wells Gray Park,BC


Fully-Guided and Fully-Catered Backcountry Ski Trips for Groups

If you would like us to handle the provisioning and logistics, as well as ensuring that you are able to work the terrain to find every last fresh-powder turn, and feel confident in the safety of your group, we can set-up a fully-guided / fully-catered trip for $240 per person per day  for a group of 8, $230 per day for a group of 9, and $220 per person per day for a group of 10 (subject to minimum trip-length).

Fully- Guided and Catered 5 Day Snowshoe Trip in Fight Meadow
On this five-day trip we explore the vast area of meadows and mountains around the Fight Meadow Chalet. The terrain is very diverse ranging from flat sub-alpine meadows to steep slopes. On this trip there is plenty of winter adventure but also some incredible opportunites to relax and reconnect with family and friends. . Fight Meadow is a great place to practice winter route finding and avalanche awareness skills.

Fully-Guided and Fully-Catered Backcountry Ski Trips for Individuals

We are so sorry, but due to the COVID -19 Pandemic we will not be taking individual bookings for the Winter season of 2020-2021.  We are accepting bookings from social bubbles such as families  and trusted friend groups.  
 

Guided and Self-Catered Cabin Rental for Backcountry Skiers, Cross Country Skiers and Snowshoers

If you would like to hire a guide to help your group get the most out of the terrain or to traverse between cabins, then we can arrange this at a cost of $400 for a lead guide and $300 for an assistant guide.  These prices can vary, so do ask!

 Trophy Mountain Chalet / Discovery Cabin
 You will take the sno-cat to the Trophy trail-head.  After a 2-4 hour ski, you arrive at Trophy Chalet.  You will spend the next three days based here exploring the chutes, gullies and the all-around great skiing at Trophy.  You will then traverse to the Discovery cabin to ski the long tree runs on Discovery Mountain.  On the seventh day you will ski to the top of table Mountain and then down to the valley bottom to your vehicles. Full Itinerary
 

Winter 2020/2021 Availability

as of October 28, 2020

Trophy Mountain Chalet is available: Discovery Cabin is available:
April 9-14                                 6 Nights 7 Days January 3- 8 6 night 7 Days
January 9-13 5 Night 6 Days
January 14- 19 6 Nights 7 days
January 20-25 6 Nights, 7 Days
January 26 - 31 6 Nights 7 Days
March 21 - 26 6 Nights 7 Days
March 27 - April 1 6 Nights 7 Days
April 2 - April 8 7 Nights 8 days
April 9-April 14 6 Nights 7 Days
Fight Meadow Chalet
Has much gentler terrain that is great for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and family trips for groups of all ages and abilities. The perfect place to enjoy and incredible wilderness experience and make wonderful and lasting memories. Once the dates listed fill- more dates in Fight will open.
 Feb 9- 13 5 Nights 6 Days
Feb 14- 18 5 Nights 6 Days
March 1 - 5 5 Nights 6 Days
March 6- 11 6 Nights 7 Days Once the dates listed fill- more dates in Fight will open.

Accessibility

Trophy Cabin can be accessed by snowcat and then a 2-4 hour ski. You can also fly in and fly out OR fly in and ski out. The ski out requires good route finding skills and avalanche knowledge and training. The ski out will take between 2- 4 hours.

Discovery Cabin is accessed by helicopter. You can fly in and out or you can fly in and ski out. To ski out will take approximately 6 to 8 hours.The ski out requires good route finding skills and avalanche knowledge and training.

Fight Meadow Cabin - Fly in and fly out OR fly in and ski or snowshoe out. This requires good route finding abilities and avalanche knowledge and training. To ski out will take 6 to 8 hours.

Fight Meadow Chalet has much gentler terrain that is great for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing,  and kids' trips. There's lots of availability, so please call and inquire. 

Terrain


Descriptions of Trophy Mountain Chalet,  Discovery Cabin, Fight Meadow Cabin  and  Terrain
Guided Backcountry ski trips

7 Day Trophy - Discovery Traverse Itinerary (2 HUTS)

 Day 1 - We meet at your accommodation in Clearwater. You will drive to the sno-cat which is parked 11 km. up the Wells Gray Road. After the hour snocat ride, you ski the last three and a half km into Trophy Mountain Chalet. The chalet is located on the southern slopes of the Trophy Mountains in the  Cariboo Range at 7000 ft. The skiing from the front door is excellent as the terrain is fairly steep and the snow is deep. Today we take an easy ski to get familiar with the equipment and surrounding area.

Day 2 - Lots of skiing in the Trophy’s, both in the alpine and in the trees, this area has complex terrain with numerous chutes, couloirs, and aspects. We can start with intermediate runs through scattered forest and, if we are up to the challenge, continue to progress to more and more challenging slopes. Which ever we choose, we are certain to find some fluffy powder to play in.

Day 3 - We traverse up over the Trophy Mountains, then ski the powdery north aspects into the Valley of the Lakes. Here we have lunch and skin up for the ski to the top of Eagle Pass. From Eagle Pass, it is a lovely downhill run into Moul Basin and Discovery Cabin, which rests at 6,350 feet. Discovery is a newer squared log cabin nestled in the woods overlooking a subalpine meadow. This is challenging terrain and the ski will take five to seven hours at a leisurely pace. 

Day 4, 5 &6 - Incredible skiing on the northern slopes of Table, Discovery and Trophy Mountains. The hidden Moul valley is known for having powdery slopes well into spring. Each day we choose our favorite slopes to ski and each evening make the downhill run to the cabin's backdoor for a great supper.

Day 7 - We ski up the east flank of Table Mountain. If the day is fine, we make the short trip to the summit for gorgeous views of the Monashees, Cariboos and the northern portion of Wells Gray Park. We now have a downhill ski to the head of the Phillip Lakes where we have lunch. From here we tour through the forest until we reach Philip Lake and the marked trail. The last portion of our day is down a narrow road that has been groomed, making the trip to the valley bottom at 2400 feet a fast one. This day can be between 6 and 8 hours on the trail.

Note - You will be required to carry some food (approximately 3 kilos) to Trophy Chalet and then a lesser amount to Discovery Cabin. This trip includes excellent and hearty meals and snacks, great guides, chalet accommodation, transportation from Clearwater, and safety equipment. There is a sauna in both chalets, so bring a towel!

Equipment List

  • Telemark skis and bindings or Alpine Touring style skis and bindings
  •   Climbing skins for skis, backpack (all your gear should fit with 15cm room for group food on top)
  • Gaiters (or snow cuffs on ski pants), two sets of socks (polypro inner and wool outer)
  •   1 set of long underwear, - Gore-Tex or other wind/snow overpants
  •   Chalet clothes (leggings and shirt or sweats and t shirt or similar)
  •   1 heavier shirt or sweater
  •   Pile jacket, down vest and Gore-Tex or other wind/snow jacket
  •   2 pair gloves, 1 warm hat (wool), goggles, scarf
  •   Any personal gear needed, such as extra glasses, special medications, moleskin, towels etc.
  •   Camera, film, water bottle, flashlight, sleeping bag liner or sheets, and pillow case


6 Day Trophy - Discovery Traverse - Full Service Itinerary

  Day 1 - We meet at your accommodation in Clearwater. After leaving a vehicle at the trail end, we drive to the snowcat which is parked 11 km. up the Wells Gray Road. After the hour snowcat ride, you ski the last three and a half km into Trophy Mountain Chalet. The chalet is located on the southern slopes of the Trophy Mountains at 7000 ft. The skiing from the front door is excellent as the terrain is fairly steep and the snow is deep. Today we take an easy ski to get familiar with the equipment & surrounding area.

Day 2 - Lots of skiing in the Trophy’s, both in the alpine and in the trees, this area has intricate terrain with numerous chutes, couloirs, and aspects. We can start with intermediate runs through scattered forest and, if we are up to the challenge, continue to progress to more and more challenging slopes. Which ever we choose, we are certain to find some fluffy powder to play in.

Day 3 - We traverse up over the Trophy Mountains, then ski the powdery north aspects into the Valley of the Lakes. Here we have lunch and skin up for the ski to the top of Eagle Pass. From Eagle Pass, it is a lovely downhill run into Moul Basin and Discovery Cabin, which rests at 6,350 feet. Discovery is a beautiful squared log cabin nestled in the woods overlooking a subalpine meadow. This is challenging terrain and the ski will take five to seven hours at a leisurely pace. 

Day 4 & 5- Incredible skiing on the northern slopes of Table, Discovery, and Trophy Mountains. The hidden Moul valley is known for having powdery slopes well into spring. Each day we choose our favorite slopes to ski and each evening make the downhill run to the cabin's backdoor for a great supper.

Day 6 - We ski up the east flank of Table Mountain. If the day is fine, we make the short trip to the summit for gorgeous views of the Monashees, Cariboos and the northern portion of Wells Gray Park. We now have a downhill ski to the head of the Phillip Lakes where we have lunch. From here we tour through the forest until we reach Philip Lake and the marked trail. The last portion of our day is down a narrow road that has been groomed, making the trip to the valley bottom at 2400 feet a fast one. 

Note - You will be required to carry some food (approximately 3 kilos) to Trophy Chalet and then on to Discovery Cabin. This trip includes excellent and hearty meals and snacks, great guides, chalet accommodation, transportation from Clearwater, and safety equipment. There are saunas, so bring a towel!

Equipment List

  •  Telemark skis and bindings or Alpine Touring style skis and bindings
  •  Climbing skins for skis, backpack (50 litres or more)
  •  2 -3 pr socks
  •  1 sets of long underwear, 1 pair warm trousers (wool or pile) - Gore-Tex or other wind/snow overpants
  •  Chalet clothes (leggings and shirt or sweats and t shirt or similar)
  •  1 heavier shirt or sweater
  •  Pile jacket, down vest and Gore-Tex or other wind/snow jacket
  •  2 pair gloves, 1 warm hat (wool), goggles, scarf
  •  Any personal gear needed, such as extra glasses, special medications, moleskin, towels etc.
  •  Camera, film, water bottle, flashlight, sleeping bag liner or sheets, and pillow case
On full service trips, we will provide avalanche beacons, shovels and training. 

5-DAY FIGHT MEADOW SNOW SHOE ADVENTURE  

 On this five-day trip we explore the vast area of meadows and mountains around the Fight Meadow Chalet. The terrain is very diverse ranging from flat sub-alpine meadows to steep slopes. The emphasis on this trip is education and exploration. Fight Meadow is a great place to practice winter route finding and avalanche awareness skills. 


Day 1 - We meet in Clearwater and drive to the heli-pad for a fantastic flight to the Fight Meadow Chalet. After settling in, the guide will take you on a tour of the terrain behind the chalet where you will become familiar with the use of your avalanche transceivers and begin learning about present snow conditions.

Day 2 - We break trail south across Fight Meadows and climb up onto Fight Mountain and Cariboo Ridge to see incredible views into Stevens Lakes and Indian Valley. These places are seldom visited in the summer and in the winter the vast emptiness of the area is inspiring.

Day 3– Weather and avalanche conditions depending, on this day we tackle the climb up to the top of Battle Mountain. This is a full day of snowshoeing with an elevation change of about 1500 feet or 460 m. Every trip is optional, so if this adventure is not for you, no worries the cabin and meadow are great places to relax and hang out.

Day 4 - Caribou Meadow, Branta Lake, Philip Mountain are all waiting to be explored. All of our destinations on this trip will be based on ability and are weather dependent.

Day 5 - Snow shoe down to the Wells Gray Park road. This is a six to seven hour journey through an alpine meadow system and down the valley slope. As we travel, the vegetation changes from the hardy, open subalpine forests with huge spruce and beautifully conical sub alpine fir on the plateau to the dark, dense forests of cedar and hemlock 4,000 feet below. After arriving at our pickup point, we go to see the famous Helmcken Falls, Canada's third tallest waterfall made even more spectacular by an ice cone slowly growing from its base.  At additional cost, there is also an option to helicopter out. 

EQUIPMENT

· You will need a good pair of winter boots that fit well. You should be able to tie them up, slip on’s do not work. 

· If you have snowshoes bring them. If not we also have some here you can use.

· Ski poles

· Backpack (mid –size pack)

· Gaiters or pants with powder cuffs

· 3 sets of winter socks / 2 sets of long underwear either merino wool or other moisture wicking material.

· Gore-Tex shell pants or snow-pants you can move easily in. 

· Fleece Jacket and / or wool sweater and/or down vest and Gore-Tex or other wind/snow jacket

· Chalet clothes (leggings and shirt or sweats and t shirt or similar)

· Gloves, 1 warm hat (wool), goggles, scarf

· Personal kit including medications / head lamp

· EXTRA– Camera - there are books, cards, and games in the cabin.

· Set of avalanche gear – shovel/probe/beacon if you own them. If not we will provide them,

 COST–

Completely Guided and Catered 5 Day Snowshoe Trip - $1300.00 + Tax. This does not include the helicopter flight in, or the optional helicopter flight out. The helicopter will range from $200 per person to $330 per person depending on the number of people in the chopper and whether or not there is a dovetail flight. 



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