Where: Kootenay Pass Salmo/Creston BC
Who: 6 people
More Info: http://backcountryskiingcanada.com/kootenay_pass
Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult (Lots of varied terrain for all skill levels)
Price: Estimated costs will be $150.00 for fuel and expenses there and back. I will have a firm cost at pre-trip meeting. Cabin Rental is $10/Person/Night.
Any deposits paid to the organizer for this trip are non-refundable.
Driving: We can arrange car pool at pre-trip meeting or feel free to arrange your own car pool.
Required Equipment List
A little About Kootenay Pass
This is a cabin based ski tour and the cabin $10/person/night
Kootenay Pass lies between Salmo and Creston at an elevation of 1775m (5823’) at the highest point of Highway 3. Part of the 1133 hectare Stagleap Provincial Park, the pass is famous for early and late season snow, as well as being the highest highway-served pass in BC that is open year round (even if it is closed every now and then due to avalanche danger). To get a snapshot of what the pass looks like every 15-30 minutes, click here.
*Please note, if you are going to do the tour you must have AST1
Skiing Ability & Endurance
You should be at a strong intermediate skier. Groups often climb & ski between 2,000-7,000 feet of elevation in a day. The amount of skiing that you decide to do will be determined by your endurance.
You must have the following gear:
Alpine Touring gear or Telemark Skis or Snowshoes if on a Snowboard
You can rent gear from MEC or UofC
Backcountry Skills, Knowledge and Preparation...
Visiting the backcounty of the Rocky Mountains requires knowledge and preparation.
You assume certain risks and expect certain hazards when you travel in the high country. Self-guided tour means that you look after yourself once you're there. You should be experienced in backcountry navigation, and be prepared to carry appropriate survival gear. Temperatures in the winter they range from -35°C to +10°C.
You are responsible for ensuring that you are properly equipped with appropriate outdoor clothing and gear, including but not limited to, winter equipment; skins, avalanche beacons, shovels & probes.
RULES OF CONDUCT PLEASE READ!!!