Camp Highlights

  • Visit one of the ACC's most sought-after hut
  • Guided by long-time ACC favourite Conrad Janzen
  • Let our on-site camp chef take care of all your meals
  • A prime-time week maximizes your chances of blower powder

Dates & price

  •  Feb 20th-27th, 2021
  •  $2,995 per person

Our Ultimate Heli-Accessed Powder Adventure

The Kokanee Cabin is one of the ACC’s most sought-after huts and the location combined with the hut itself offer a clear reason of why. Come join us for a pristine powder week full of skiing, eating and socializing in the cozy cabin!

The hut itself is quite a bit more luxurious than other backcountry huts, boasting electricity, flush toilets and lots of room for sleeping. It is comfortable and self-sustaining. It also located in a picturesque location high in the park. The epic terrain will satisfy your hunger for powder slopes, amazing views and glacier experience.

Staging is out of the cute town of Nelson BC right by the water.

 

Camp Objectives

The clue is in the name - the primary objective of this camp is to ski great powder in a stunning alpine setting! The prime week at the end of February will almost guarantee long powder runs on the many slopes around the hut.

Due to the superb location and accessibility of the hut, participants will be able to take each day at their own speed and get in as much skiing as conditions permit. Choose between short days, long days or days of complete relaxation in the hut.
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Day 1: Meet in Nelson, BC, at the Kootenay Valley Helicopters Hangar at 8am where you will be introduced to your group and your guides. There you will fly into the Kokanee Glacier Cabin Hut by private helicopter (on a clear day be sure to look at the beautiful peaks of the Southern Selkirks and maybe even scope some ski lines!). There will still be plenty of time for a first day of skiing once you arrive and unpack. This is a good opportunity to review gear, companion and crevasse rescue skills briefly before being orientated to the area by you guides. 
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  • Day 2 - 7: There are so many great objectives accessible from the hut that we can't really speculate on exactly how each day will look. Each evening the group and guides will gather in the hut to discuss and decide on objectives and groups for the next day. As long as the weather plays ball, you can all-but guarantee climbing classic mountaineering objectives and then being rewarded with long powder runs back down to the hut. Nearby gladed runs ensure there's plenty to do when the snow is flying. 
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  • Day 8: Pack up, take some final pictures of the breathtaking views and travel back to Nelson by helicopter 
Is this Camp For Me?
Advanced
This is an advanced powder camp program. The strong, experienced skier will enjoy and be challenged by this camp. Previous backcountry ski experience is required. An advanced level of fitness and high-intermediate to advanced downhill ski abilities are essential. This means being comfortable skiing black diamond runs with a 7-9 kg (15-20 lb) pack in backcountry snow conditions (read: deep powder!). For those individuals who live at lower elevations (less than 1000m/3300’), we recommend that you arrive in the mountains a few days before the camp to do some skiing on your own and acclimatize to the altitude. This camp involves living at and above 1800m for the week. If you are unsure about whether this camp is right for you, please contact the office.
Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

Evenings will be spent enjoying great food, socializing in cozy hut surroundings and resetting for the next day’s skiing. Food supplies will be flown in by helicopter (no dehydrated stuff here) and cooked up by our dedicated chef.  All meals are designed to be healthy, sumptuous and plentiful and special dietary needs can be accommodated. Because we want you to be able to focus on the powder not the cooking! 

Accommodation

The Kokanee Glacier Cabin sits on the shores of Kaslo lake in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park. The area is a ski touring paradise, and the Kokanee Glacier Cabin is situated to best take advantage of the endless skiing terrain, and to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Kokanee Glacier Cabin offers an exciting backcountry adventure for the whole family. This is easily our most well equipped hut. In addition to all the dishes for cooking and dining that our guests have come to expect, there is electricity. That means there is a coffee maker and kettle.

Located north of Nelson, in southeastern British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains, beautiful Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a year-round recreational paradise. Sitting mostly above 1,800 metres in elevation, the park has three glaciers – Kokanee, Caribou, and Woodbury – which feed over 30 lakes and are the headwaters of many creeks.

Guiding

The ever-popular Conrad Janzen leads our team of three ACMG certified guides who will ensure your time at Kokanee is both safe and enjoyable. All our guides come back year after year so are super knowledgable about the area and welcome to answering any questions. Our low guiding ratios (maximum 12 participants to 2 guides) allow us to form groups based on abilities and ambition, making sure the pace and difficulty is right for you.

  • "The weeklong stay at Kokanee Glacier Cabin is enough to bring tears to your eyes as you depart and help the next group with their supplies. Memories of days spent touring, exploring and adventuring and nights spent visiting with those around you, learning of the park’s history and being entertained by an incredible host will not soon be forgotten as you return to the Nelson airport"
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Adventure Map

Click here for a cool map of the GPX tracks from one of our 2019 participants!

Smartwool supports our Powder Program and we thank them for their assistance.

More information

  Email us
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

   Gear list

Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • Professional guiding by two fully-certified ACMG ski guides
  • Exclusive accommodation at the Kokanee Glacier Cabin Hut for the week
  • Helicopter transportation to and from the hut
  • All meals, beginning with dinner on Day 1 and ending with lunch on Day 8
  • Services of a dedicated camp chef
  • All group gear (ropes, emergency equipment etc.)
  • ACC office staff available Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm MST

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to/from The Kootenay Valley Helicopters hangar in Nelson BC (carpooling lists will be provided ahead of time)
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 8
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Conrad Janzen

Conrad is an ACMG Mountain Guide based in Banff, Alberta. He has been passionately engaged in skiing and climbing adventures throughout North America and Europe for the past 20 years and has been fortunate to share many of these experiences with others as a mountain guide. He has been leading mountain adventures with the Alpine Club of Canada since 2002 when he first guided at the Fairy Meadow Hut.

Currently Conrad mixes his time working as an independent Mountain Guide and as a Visitor Safety Specialist with Parks Canada. His favorite pastime is skiing and he is very excited to return to one of the best places to ski in Canada!


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