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Backcountry Touring Snowboard CampFernie, Canada - 2 Weeks

The Ultimate Backcountry Experience

Spend time in the Canadian backcountry as you experience a week in BC’s Purcell mountains split boarding from the Boulder Hut. We'll get you ready for this off piste adventure in Fernie, a resort with just as much powder and gnarly terrain as you will find anywhere in the wilderness. After a few days coaching getting your technique dialled, you'll be ready to tackle the untracked champagne powder that awaits you.

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Fernie

You’ll arrive in Fernie where you’ll get your snowboard legs back into gear with coaching from our all mountain instructors. Hunting down the best terrain and freshest snow to fine tune your skills ahead of the big trip around the corner. You'll be brief on what you can expect during your time at the Boulder Hut – everything from what a typical day will involve to what to pack in your rucksack.

 

Boulder Hut

A famous backcountry touring cabin, the Boulder Hut is located in the heart of in the Canadian Rockies in the Purcell mountain range. Only accessible by helicopter, it is run by Mark and Sarah Yancey who have an infectious passion for adventure. They have been operating the lodge for 10 years and have a great deal of experience in the backcountry.

 

You’ll be well taken care of during your stay at the Boulder Hut, with delicious home-cooked meals prepared for you every day. The wood-fired hot tub is the perfect place to relax and swap stories form the day's adventures. With zero connectivity, the lodge is a great location to disconnect from the outside world.

Touring

We’ll equip you with a split board for touring and all safety equipment you need. Each day you’ll venture out into your spectacular surroundings with two guides who have expert knowledge of the terrain, conditions and snowpack.

 

They’ll tell you the plan for the day and off you'll go on in search of the light snow and fresh lines. To take part is this course, you will need to be an advanced skier with some basic ski touring experience.

Accommodation

A good night's sleep to match a great day on the hill, this is an ideal base for your time in Fernie. Back in 2007 we purchased our very own hotel and set about making it the best ski accommodation possible by focusing on comfort and excellent facilities.

 

All rooms have queen sized beds and facilities include a sauna and hot tub, ski storage and tuning room, movie room, full kitchen facilities and our on-site restaurant and bar, where all of your course meals are served. 

Course Milestones The ultimate escape in a backcountry touring cabin in the heart of the Purcell mountains. Get ready to earn your turns...
Arrival
Join our group transfer from Calgary to Fernie and meet up with the other people on the trip over a drink in our hotel bar.
Settle In
Meet our hosts and snowboard pros over breakfast before a mountain guide takes you to Fernie’s best snow and terrain. Enjoy dinner and drinks with the group.
Days 2-3
Two days of coaching with our snowboard pros will help fine tune your technique and get your mind ready for the adventure ahead. We’ll also set you up with touring gear.
Day 4
You’ll be whisked off by helicopter to the Boulder Hut’s remote private valley. Set in wilderness with powder for as far as you can see. Heaven!
Days 5-7
Warm hospitality, professional guides, delicious meals, fresh tracks, masses of exercise and fresh air, surrounded by majestic mountains.
Days 8-11
By now you’re wondering why you ever went on a regular snowboard holiday. You’re feeling fit, relaxed and learning loads. Zero connectivity is also rejuvenating.
Days 13-14
All good things have to end but you've got two days of resort riding in Fernie. Option to go cat boarding to get your powder fix - but with no touring required.
Departure
Back to the airport for the flight home. You’ve packed so much in that the last two weeks has felt like a month. For those that can, trip extensions are available.
Dates & Prices

What's Included

Professional Coaching +

You'll receive 2 days of guided coaching in the best terrain & snow conditions Fernie has to offer ... this is to get you back in the swing of things prior to arriving at the Boulder Hut.

Accommodation +

You'll be staying at the Red Tree Lodge before and after your week in the backcountry. This has the following facilities:

Breakfasts - Seven Days Per Week +

You'll be treated to a continental breakfast at the Red Tree Lodge every mornng you wake up there and hearty breakfasts are served at the Boulder Hut each morning.

Backcountry Packed Lunch +

You will be provided with everything you need to make a packed lunch whilst you are staying at the Boulder Hut.

Dinners +

A welcome and farewell dinner will be served at the Red Tree Lodge at the beginning and end of your trip. You have access to a kitchen so can prepare your own meals or eat out on other evenings. A hearty dinner is served every night at the Boulder Hut.

Lift Pass +

You'll be provided with a 5 day lift pass for Fernie Alpine Resort. So you can ride every day that you are there.

Airport Transfers & Resort Transport +

We provide airport transfers from and to Calgary airport at set departure times. Ask us for details so you can co-ordinate your flights. All your transport within the resort is taken care of, just don't forget your gear. .

24 Hour Hosting +

Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly. They'll be on hand 24/7 in Fernie for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems. You'll also be in safe hands whilst at the Boulder Hut .

Touring Day in Fernie +

Head into Fernie's awesome sidecountry and get a taste of what ski touring is all about.

7 Day Backcountry Touring Trip +

You'll head to the Boulder Hut on Wednesday for a week of backcountry touring. You'll be with two professional guides at all times. Previous touring experience with a spitboard is essential.

Specialist Touring Equipment +

We will provide you with a splitboard with specialist touring bindings, skins, an avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel and back pack. We will also provide you with a winter sleeping bag for your time at the Boulder Hut.

Helicopter To and From Backcountry Lodge +

You'll be dropped off at the Boulder Hut and return via helicopter. It's weather dependent so we allow a window to fly.

Optional Extra Activities +

You'll be able to go CAT Skiing on your final day in Fernie - if you back your legs to still feel up to it after a week of touring!

Not Included +

These things are not included in the package:

Flights +
We can give you advice on the best flights to get.
Travel Insurance +
We can point you to insurance policies that previous clients have rated. Some offer discounts to Nonstop participants.
Standard Snowboard Equipment +
We provide you with specialist touring equipment but not normal gear (i.e boots, snowboard and helmet). It's best to buy your gear when in resort, if you don't already have it. Our coaches will give you advice on the best snowboard and boots to suit your style, and you can get a Nonstop discount at some local shops.
Lunches & Weekend Meals +
Make your own or try out some of the local restaurants or resort options.
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