BIWOC stands for black, indigenous, and women of colour. 

Camp Highlights

  • Low ratio guiding by our experienced female ACMG ski guides
  • An exclusive Wheeler Hut booking
  • Scrumptious food provided and portered in
  • A prime weekend for a chance to ski amazing powder
  • A subsidized cost thanks to the MEC Diversity Grant

Dates & price

  •  March 18-21, 2022
  • $795 + Tax / Person 

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      MEC supports our Diversity and Inclusion Program through their Diversity Grant.

Access to a Legendary Backcountry Powder Destination for Our First BIWOC Powder Camp

Following the success of our pilot BIWOC Intro to Mountaineering camp this summer, we are excited to keep the (snow)ball rolling and offer our first BIWOC ski camp! With support from MEC's Diversity grant and collaboration with Darken the Mountains, this camp is designed to reduce barriers of access to the backcountry and offer an opportunity to meet other BIWOC folks that are psyched to to get out.

Rogers Pass is one of the undoubted capitals of North American ski touring. The sheer amount of powder, vertical and terrain makes it a must-do destination for those with prior backcountry experience looking to push it to the next level. However, this can be an intimidating place to be for first-timers. This camp is a great intro to the area and an ideal for backcountry trip for those who have a small amount of previous backcountry experience and are looking to build their confidence and skills.

Step forward the Wheeler Edition of our popular Rogers Pass Powder Program. Three nights of prime time accommodation at our beautiful Wheeler Hut give convenient access to the powder stashes of the Illecillewaet and Asulkan valleys. Take the effort and stress out of meal planning with our scrumptious meals from Peakeats while our highly experienced ACMG ski guides help get you familiar with the region, teach you how to manage its unique risks and make the most of the fantastic powder on offer.

For more advanced skiers, hang on tight as we plan to continue building this program to offer more BIWOC powder experiences in the near future.

Camp Objectives

Rogers Pass offers literally hundreds of objectives for beginners right through to expert skiers. However, for this camp, the goal is to build confidence and strong foundations for folks who are just getting into the groove of backcountry skiing or splitboarding. Our two fantastic ACMG guides will lead you through some of the different areas that the Roger's pass has to offer based on the conditions, weather and group experience levels.

The Wheeler Hut offers out-of-the-door access to both the Asulkan and Illecillewaet drainages which are some of the best zones at Rogers Pass. Classic objectives and lines easily accessible from the hut include:
  • Mushroom People
  • Dome Glacier
  • Rampart Bowl
  • Perley Rock
  • 7 Steps of Paradise

  • The nearby Ursus drainage also offers a great range of moderate objectives and lines including:
  • Grizzly Shoulder
  • Puff Daddy
  • Balu Peak
  • Video Peak
  • Ursus Trees
  • Hourglass
  • Teddy Bear Trees 
  • Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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    • Zoom Prep Session: Meet your guides and the rest of the group over Zoom at 6 PM (PST) / 7 PM (MST) on March 16th to go over gear and have any questions answered prior to your camp. This will likely be a short meeting, no longer than 1 hour.
    • Day 1: Meeting time will be at 7:50 AM (PST), which is 8:50 AM (MST) at the Rogers Pass Visitor Centre. Those who need to can pick up their permits and will get an orientation from the guide and/or Parks Canada staff on the area and how the winter permit system works. You will then likely perform a brief review/practice of companion rescue techniques and group gear before heading up the Ursus Valley for one of the many classic lines on offer. At the end of the day, a short drive and skin gets you to the cosy Wheeler Hut where you can enjoy a sociable and delicious group meal before deciding on the next day's objectives. 
    • Days 2-3: Each morning will see the group setting off early for the huge variety of classic objectives in the Pass. Our guides will select which zones and lines to visit based on conditions, weather and group input. 
    • Day 4: You will enjoy a fourth and final day of Rogers Pass powder before returning to your vehicles and debriefing with your guide. We aim to try finish the day around 5pm (PST) at the latest to give people time to return home that night.
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    Is this Camp For Me?
    Beginner - Novice
    This camp is designed for skiers familiar with a backcountry skiing equipment, but don't have much prior backcountry skiing experience. We require participants to have a good level of fitness, confident downhill ski abilities in variable snow conditions and familiarity with equipment and avalanche transceivers. Participants should be able to ski the equivalent of blue runs in backcountry conditions with a daypack.

    Due to the hazards of backcountry skiing and nature of the Rogers Pass in March, we highly recommend that participants have taken an AST 1 course prior to joining us for this camp. If you're looking to take an AST 1 course this winter, check out or BIPOC AST 1 offering in February!

    Food, Accommodation and Guiding

    Food

    Peakeats provides food for our backcountry trips. The hut's proximity to the road allows for fresh ingredients to be carried in so you can look forward to healthy, tasty and nutritious to keep you properly fuelled for a week's skiing.

    Accommodation

    Guests on this camp will be staying at the ACC's Wheeler Hut in the heart of the Roger's Pass. This perfect location provides convenient access to many great ski lines in the area and translates to less driving time each day and more time spent exploring classic lines. With room for 24 people the communal and sleeping areas are spacious and the hut features a propane system which provides the cooking and lighting, with two wood stoves for heating. For this camp, the group will get to enjoy an exclusive booking of this hut at only half capacity.

    Guiding

    Our ACMG certified ski guides will ensure your adventure is safe and enjoyable and will be welcome to answering questions about the region as well as everything from ski technique to gear. The maximum ratio of guides to participants will be 4:1 to ensure the best possible ski experience. With sufficient registrations, we will also be able to split the group into two to allow flexibility for different objectives and levels of fitness and ambition. 

    Rentals

    If you don't have everything on the gear list and aren't ready to invest in your own, there are many awesome local businesses that rent out all of the equipment you will need.  Be sure to reserve your rentals ahead of time to make sure everything you need is available for you when you need it.

    • Coming from the Bow Valley? Check out GearUp in Canmore. ACC members get 10% off all gear rentals!
    • Coming from Calgary? We recommend renting your gear from MEC, the University of Calgary Outdoors Center, or the Norseman.
    • Coming from the Revelstoke? Give Revelstoke Powder Rentals a try.


     

    Your Guides

    TERESA YAU

    Teresa Yau is an Apprentice Ski and Apprentice Rock Guide and is currently pursuing the ACMG Mountain Guide certification. In the winter months, Teresa spends most of her time heli skiing and ski tour guiding and also instructs avalanche courses. During the summer, Teresa enjoys taking people out rock climbing and spends her time training for the Alpine certification. Teresa also has a B.Ed and B.Sc. and on the off season, she works as a secondary school teacher. Teresa lives in Canmore, Alberta, but also calls Vancouver & Squamish, B.C. her home.


    SYLVIA FOREST

    Sylvia (Syl) Forest is a mountain guide living near Golden, BC. Syl worked as a park warden and mountain rescue specialist in Jasper, Lake Louise and Glacier National Parks for 23 years, and managed the mountain rescue program in Glacier Park for eight years. She completed her UIAGM Mountain Guide certification in 2001. Syl left Parks in the fall of 2013 in order to spend more time guiding, and to spend more time with her family.

    Syl also teaches avalanche courses regularly for the Canadian Avalanche Association, and works as a heli ski guide during the winter months.


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      Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE
    • 4 days of low-ratio guiding by female ACMG certified guides
    • 3 nights exclusive accommodation at the Wheeler Hut
    • All meals starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with lunch on day 4
    • All group gear (emergency equipment etc.)
    • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass

    Participants Must Provide

    • Transportation to and from Rogers Pass
    • Personal gear (see gear list)
    • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 5
    • National Parks vehicle pass (if driving)

    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