Guided Backcountry Ski Trips in Wells Gray Park,BC

Fully-Guided and Fully-Catered Backcountry Ski Trips for Groups

If you would like us to handle the provisioning and logistics, as well as ensuring that you are able to work the terrain to find every last fresh-powder turn, and feel confident in the safety of your group, we can set-up a fully-guided / fully-catered trip for $240 per person per day  for a group of 8 and $220 per person per day for a group of 8 - 11 (subject to minimum trip-length)

Fully-Guided and Fully-Catered Backcountry Ski Trips for Individuals

If a trip has an opening, we'll post it to our website. However, if you are booking as an individual or couple and need other dates, please call as groups do fluctuate during the season! 
 

Guided and Self-Catered Cabin Rental for Backcountry Skiers, Cross Country Skiers and Snowshoers

If you would like to hire a guide to help your group get the most out of the terrain or to traverse between cabins, then we can arrange this at a cost of $400 for a lead guide and $300 for an assistant guide.  These prices can vary, so do ask!

 Trophy Mountain Chalet / Discovery Cabin
 You will take the sno-cat to the Trophy trail-head.  After a 2-4 hour ski, you arrive at Trophy Chalet.  You will spend the next three days based here exploring the chutes, gullies and the all-around great skiing at Trophy.  You will then traverse to the Discovery cabin to ski the long tree runs on Discovery Mountain.  On the seventh day you will ski to the top of table Mountain and then down to the valley bottom to your vehicles. Full Itinerary
 Groups call for available dates.

Winter 2016/17 Availability

as of June 20, 2016

Trophy Mountain Chalet is available: Discovery Cabin is available:
At Christmas January 4 - February 3
From March 29th onwards From March 19th onwards
 

Fight Meadow Chalet has much gentler terrain that is great for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing,  and kids' trips. There's lots of availability, so please call and inquire. 

Terrain

Trophy Mountain Chalet  can be accessed by snocat and then a 2-4 hour ski. You can also fly in and fly out OR fly in and ski out.  The ski out requires good route finding skills and avalanche knowledge and training.  The ski out will take between 2- 4 hours. 

Discovery Cabin  is accessed by helicopter.  You can fly in and out or you can fly in and ski out. To ski out will take approximately 6 to 8 hours.The ski out requires good route finding skills and avalanche knowledge and training.

Fight Meadow Cabin -  Fly in and fly out OR fly in and ski or snowshoe out.  This requires good route finding abilities and avalanche knowledge and training.  To ski out will take 6 to 8 hours. 

Descriptions of Trophy Mountain Chalet,  Discovery Cabin, Fight Meadow Cabin  and  Terrain
Guided Backcountry ski trips

7 Day Trophy - Discovery Traverse Itinerary (2 HUTS)

 Day 1 - We meet at your accommodation in Clearwater. You will drive to the sno-cat which is parked 11 km. up the Wells Gray Road. After the hour snocat ride, you ski the last three and a half km into Trophy Mountain Chalet. The chalet is located on the southern slopes of the Trophy Mountains in the  Cariboo Range at 7000 ft. The skiing from the front door is excellent as the terrain is fairly steep and the snow is deep. Today we take an easy ski to get familiar with the equipment and surrounding area.

Day 2 - Lots of skiing in the Trophy’s, both in the alpine and in the trees, this area has complex terrain with numerous chutes, couloirs, and aspects. We can start with intermediate runs through scattered forest and, if we are up to the challenge, continue to progress to more and more challenging slopes. Which ever we choose, we are certain to find some fluffy powder to play in.

Day 3 - We traverse up over the Trophy Mountains, then ski the powdery north aspects into the Valley of the Lakes. Here we have lunch and skin up for the ski to the top of Eagle Pass. From Eagle Pass, it is a lovely downhill run into Moul Basin and Discovery Cabin, which rests at 6,350 feet. Discovery is a newer squared log cabin nestled in the woods overlooking a subalpine meadow. This is challenging terrain and the ski will take five to seven hours at a leisurely pace. 

Day 4, 5 &6 - Incredible skiing on the northern slopes of Table, Discovery and Trophy Mountains. The hidden Moul valley is known for having powdery slopes well into spring. Each day we choose our favorite slopes to ski and each evening make the downhill run to the cabin's backdoor for a great supper.

Day 7 - We ski up the east flank of Table Mountain. If the day is fine, we make the short trip to the summit for gorgeous views of the Monashees, Cariboos and the northern portion of Wells Gray Park. We now have a downhill ski to the head of the Phillip Lakes where we have lunch. From here we tour through the forest until we reach Philip Lake and the marked trail. The last portion of our day is down a narrow road that has been groomed, making the trip to the valley bottom at 2400 feet a fast one. This day can be between 6 and 8 hours on the trail.

Note - You will be required to carry some food (approximately 3 kilos) to Trophy Chalet and then a lesser amount to Discovery Cabin. This trip includes excellent and hearty meals and snacks, great guides, chalet accommodation, transportation from Clearwater, and safety equipment. There is a sauna in both chalets, so bring a towel!

Equipment List

  • Telemark skis and bindings or Alpine Touring style skis and bindings
  •   Climbing skins for skis, backpack (all your gear should fit with 15cm room for group food on top)
  • Gaiters (or snow cuffs on ski pants), two sets of socks (polypro inner and wool outer)
  •   1 set of long underwear, - Gore-Tex or other wind/snow overpants
  •   Chalet clothes (leggings and shirt or sweats and t shirt or similar)
  •   1 heavier shirt or sweater
  •   Pile jacket, down vest and Gore-Tex or other wind/snow jacket
  •   2 pair gloves, 1 warm hat (wool), goggles, scarf
  •   Any personal gear needed, such as extra glasses, special medications, moleskin, towels etc.
  •   Camera, film, water bottle, flashlight, sleeping bag liner or sheets, and pillow case


6 Day Trophy - Discovery Traverse - Full Service Itinerary

  Day 1 - We meet at your accommodation in Clearwater. After leaving a vehicle at the trail end, we drive to the snowcat which is parked 11 km. up the Wells Gray Road. After the hour snowcat ride, you ski the last three and a half km into Trophy Mountain Chalet. The chalet is located on the southern slopes of the Trophy Mountains at 7000 ft. The skiing from the front door is excellent as the terrain is fairly steep and the snow is deep. Today we take an easy ski to get familiar with the equipment & surrounding area.

Day 2 - Lots of skiing in the Trophy’s, both in the alpine and in the trees, this area has intricate terrain with numerous chutes, couloirs, and aspects. We can start with intermediate runs through scattered forest and, if we are up to the challenge, continue to progress to more and more challenging slopes. Which ever we choose, we are certain to find some fluffy powder to play in.

Day 3 - We traverse up over the Trophy Mountains, then ski the powdery north aspects into the Valley of the Lakes. Here we have lunch and skin up for the ski to the top of Eagle Pass. From Eagle Pass, it is a lovely downhill run into Moul Basin and Discovery Cabin, which rests at 6,350 feet. Discovery is a beautiful squared log cabin nestled in the woods overlooking a subalpine meadow. This is challenging terrain and the ski will take five to seven hours at a leisurely pace. 

Day 4 & 5- Incredible skiing on the northern slopes of Table, Discovery, and Trophy Mountains. The hidden Moul valley is known for having powdery slopes well into spring. Each day we choose our favorite slopes to ski and each evening make the downhill run to the cabin's backdoor for a great supper.

Day 6 - We ski up the east flank of Table Mountain. If the day is fine, we make the short trip to the summit for gorgeous views of the Monashees, Cariboos and the northern portion of Wells Gray Park. We now have a downhill ski to the head of the Phillip Lakes where we have lunch. From here we tour through the forest until we reach Philip Lake and the marked trail. The last portion of our day is down a narrow road that has been groomed, making the trip to the valley bottom at 2400 feet a fast one. 

Note - You will be required to carry some food (approximately 3 kilos) to Trophy Chalet and then on to Discovery Cabin. This trip includes excellent and hearty meals and snacks, great guides, chalet accommodation, transportation from Clearwater, and safety equipment. There are saunas, so bring a towel!

Equipment List

  •  Telemark skis and bindings or Alpine Touring style skis and bindings
  •  Climbing skins for skis, backpack (50 litres or more)
  •  2 -3 pr socks
  •  1 sets of long underwear, 1 pair warm trousers (wool or pile) - Gore-Tex or other wind/snow overpants
  •  Chalet clothes (leggings and shirt or sweats and t shirt or similar)
  •  1 heavier shirt or sweater
  •  Pile jacket, down vest and Gore-Tex or other wind/snow jacket
  •  2 pair gloves, 1 warm hat (wool), goggles, scarf
  •  Any personal gear needed, such as extra glasses, special medications, moleskin, towels etc.
  •  Camera, film, water bottle, flashlight, sleeping bag liner or sheets, and pillow case
On full service trips, we will provide avalanche beacons, shovels and training. 

For more information or to make a booking please call 1 888 754 8735 or email info@skihike.com

Toll-free 1 888 SKI TREK (888 754 8735)