Fairy Meadow Ski Week - Saturday, Feb 15, 2025

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You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up.
The Basics:
Event Type: Skiing 
Event Location: Fairy Meadow Hut - Selkirk Mountains 
Event Starts:   Saturday, Feb 15, 2025 07:00 AM  
Event Ends:   Saturday, Feb 22, 2025 06:00 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Thursday, Oct 31, 2024 03:25 PM  
Difficulty Rating:   D3 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Dan Doll
Brad Duska
 

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 20
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 20
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   15 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No

Itinerary:

The Calgary Section has all 20 spots in the beautiful Fairy Meadow Hut during prime powder season. This is a highly sought after ski/split week (available by lottery only), with access to incredible terrain and views from a fully equipped hut at a reasonable cost. Fly in Saturday Feb 15th and out Saturday Feb 22nd. The hut is comfortable and cozy with propane lights and stoves and a wood-fired sauna. The cost of the trip is the cost of the hut and helicopter divided equally among all participants. This is a section trip so be prepared to be a part of the group and contribute towards everyone having a safe and successful trip. 

There is a wide variety of terrain that is accessible from the hut, including some tree skiing, moraines, glaciers and ski mountaineering. Objectives include Enterprise, Unicol, and Sir William via the Granite Glacier, and Pioneer, Sentinel, and Fria via Friendship Col and the Gothics Glacier. To get the most out of your week and the terrain in the area you should be an expert (confident) black-diamond skier with AST1 training (AST2 recommended), glacier travel experience and crevasse rescue training. There will be no guides, just section leaders and participants who will plan and go out on trips from the hut. 

When you sign up please send the trip coordinators a summary of your past trips and training that you think will make you a good fit for this trip.

The total cost is $1,550 per person. After being accepted on the trip an initial $550 deposit is required to get added to the roster. The balance will be due by October 31. 

Required Items to Bring:

There are foam mats in the hut but you need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Otherwise, you will need your regular ski/splitboard equipment, avi gear, and glacier gear. Dinners will be assigned among the group (roughly groups of 3 per night); other meals are self-organized. 

It will be important to not over pack as the cargo capacity of the helicopter is limited when carrying passengers.

A detailed gear list and details on cargo size and weight restrictions will be provided to participants.



Recommended Items to Bring:

More details to be provided to participants.



How to Get There:
Event Directions:  

More information on logistics will be provided to participants. Plan to spend the night of Friday Feb 14th in Golden to be ready for helicopter staging on Saturday.

 

Notes:

Possible hazards

Avalanche

Avalanches can occur in the terrain in which we operate and can be caused by natural forces, or by people travelling through the terrain (e.g. skiing/snowboarding). What are the risks? Anyone caught in an avalanche is at risk of personal injury, death, and/or property damage or loss.

Terrain

Cornice fall, crevassesCliffs, Trees, tree wells, forest deadfall, and tree stumps, Creeks, Rocks and Boulders, Holes and depressions below the snow surface, Variable and difficult snow conditions, Snowcat roads and road banks, Fences and other manmade structures, Snow immersion, Impact or collision with other persons vehicles or objects, Encounters with domestic or wild animals, Loss of balance or control, Slips trips and falls, Becoming lost or separated from one’s group

Communication, rescue and medical treatment

Communication can be difficult and in the event of an accident rescue and treatment may not be available. Adverse weather may also delay the arrival of treatment and transport out of the field. If an Injury occurs in challenging terrain movement to an evacuation point may be slow

Boots and binding systems

·          Even when set up correctly, a ski binding might not release during every fall or may release unexpectedly. The ski boot/binding system is no guarantee that the skier will not be injured.  Non-DIN-certified bindings, such as pin/tech bindings, present a higher risk of pre-release and/or injury as they are not designed to the same safety standards as a DIN-certified alpine binding.

·          Unlike alpine ski boot/binding systems, snowboard and some telemark boot/binding systems are not designed or intended to release and will not release under normal circumstances.  Using such a system increases the risk of injury and/or death when caught in an avalanche.

Other

Helicopter transportation is required for travel to and from the hut, with participants responsible for loading and unloading cargo and people, and there are risks and potential hazards associated with travelling in and working around helicopters.

Slips, trips and falls both outdoors and indoors, Infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact, Equipment failure, Negligent first aid, Negligence of other people.



Payment Options:
  • Member $550.00 CAD
  • Coordinator $550.00 CAD
Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our participant responsibility guidelines!

If you need to cancel after you have paid the deposit or the full amount you will need to work with the trip coordinators to find a suitable and approved replacement to take your spot.   


*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. Acceptable waiting list candidates will have priority. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non-recoverable costs). Note that ACC National does not refund hut fees due to weather, delay, closures, or any other reasons. The Calgary Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

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