Note: If you are interested, place yourself on the wait list. Acceptance of persons on the trip will be at the discretion of the coordinator, not first-come, first-serve. If you are accepted, you will be required to submit payment prior to being shifted to the registered list.
Celebrate New Years' at Asulkan Hut!
Come join fellow YYC AACers for three nights at the Asulkan Hut, allowing for 2+ full days and 2 partial days of skiing the lovely Rogers Pass powder.
Please note that due to the possibility of highway closures and high avalanche risk, trip leaders will make a final decision on the trip by the evening December 28. Participants should plan on being within cell/internet contact that evening, and being in Golden by the evening of December 29. We may be able to meet people at the trailhead, but we will not wait for latecomers, and it's preferable to sort/pack group gear & food inside rather than in a snowy parking lot!
Cost: $184 (includes three nights at the hut/wilderness passes)
Dec 29 - drive to Golden, stay at motel (TBD)
Dec 30 - ski to the hut, drop gear (if arrive before check in time), ski, unpack
Dec 31 - ski!
Jan 1 - ski!
Jan 2 - conditions permitting pack up, ski, and ski out to the trailhead
The ski up to the hut and skiing in the vicinity of the hut involves complex avalanche terrain. Once at the hut, avalanche & weather conditions permitting, there are a variety of ski options available including glaciated terrain (glacier gear required). Once at the hut, decisions regarding daily ski objectives will be made based on conditions, fitness and group interests. All participants are encouraged/expected to participate in discussions about avalanche risk/conditions/route selection. The group may split into smaller groups, though every group must include a section ski/trip leader.
The hut is a 3-5 hour ski from the Illecillewaet parking lot -- approximately 900m gain over 7km.
Details on the area and ski routes are available here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/Rogers-Pass and in Douglas Sproul's books/maps: https://www.geobackcountry.com/
Given the ski/avalanche terrain and, participants should be strong skiers capable of skiing with a multi-day pack up to the hut (~900m gain) and skiing long days in a variety of backcountry conditions. All participants must have AST2 (equivalent experience may be accepted- contact the coordinator), crevasse rescue training and if at all possible, have previous experience with hut based backcountry ski trips. All persons driving must have a valid Parks Canada Pass & overnight permit.
While the Winter Permit is not required for skiing to the hut or the area around the hut, participants are strongly suggested to obtain a free yearly permit (https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/glacier/visit/hiver-winter/ski) in case conditions/road closures prohibit us from being able to access the hut.
We have the entire hut booked -- there is space for 10 with bunks upstairs (loft) and kitchen/common area on the lower level. There are outhouses, propane stoves/heat/lanterns. There is generally cell service, but no electricity at the hut. Everyone will be responsible for helping out with chores including melting snow for water.
Meals will be further discussed closer to the date, but kitchen space is limited so the plan is for group dinners (dehydrated). Participants will be responsible for their own breakfast, lunch and snacks - again given limited space/cleaning abilities, plan on boil in a bag or one pot meals. Any participants with allergies/sensitivities/vegan/vegetarian should let the coordinator know at the time of acceptance onto the trip.
The trip will be no smoking (of any kind).
Any questions, please contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org