Exclusive BASI Members Only Trip
Richard Barker – Kicking Horse Powder Tours, + 44 7977 274182
21st to 28th Feb 2015
The Storm Chasers, a specialist adventure ski trip operator, have put together an exclusive BASI members only trip for this coming season – an adventure, off-piste & backcountry skiing week, tailored to showcase the very best on offer on British Columbia’s famous ‘Powder Highway’.
The trip is open to all current BASI members, suitable for both skiers and snowboarders and will appeal to those looking for powder skiing, backcountry adventure and ‘mountain learning’ experience. Spaces are limited and bookings will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis. All enquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org at Kicking Horse Powder Tours.
The ‘Best of The Powder Highway’ trip concept is simple:
It’s an ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) led, adventure skiing and backcountry focused road trip, travelling in an exclusive luxury motor coach (but staying overnight in established B&Bs and guest houses), showcasing the very best off-piste and backcountry skiing, heli-accessed backcountry terrain and cat skiing on offer in ‘The Powder Highway’ area.
The trip offers a full week of adventure skiing in off-piste terrain including multiple guided backcountry ski touring days, an overnight stay in a remote heated expedition tent camp, some heli assisted ski touring and one day of cat skiing. Some resort-based skiing will also be available.
The Storm Chasers Team
The on snow activities on the trip are organised by Storm Chaser creator and ACMG Ski Guide Scott Belton from Adrenalin Descents Powder Academy. Scott has 20 years of experience in skiing and guiding in all the mountain areas along the route.
In addition to Scott, there will be an assistant ACMG guide ensuring the group benefits from two guides on all excursions, allowing for maximum flexibility on the mountain.
Richard Barker, from Kicking Horse Powder Tours, will be tour leader. Richard is a BASI Member and his company specialises in Powder Highway adventure tours though his UK based operation.
Moving from area to area during the week, the Storm Chasers’ route will take in the resort towns and areas of Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Whitewater, Nelson and Fernie, as well as all of the backcountry terrain the Powder Highway has to offer in between.
Journey times are generally around two to three hours between destinations but one or two longer journeys will be necessary during the week.
The layout and facilities mean you can just sit back and relax, watch a movie, chat, or just take in the view.
Accommodation and Food
The Storm Chasers trip includes all night time accommodation for the week, in hotels, B&Bs and lodges along the way. All of your breakfasts and lunches are included along with snacks and drinks whilst travelling as well as après ski appetisers and Happy Hour drinks.
Evening meals are not included.
Skiing and Skills Development
This trip is available to all current BASI members and will appeal to those looking for powder skiing, backcountry adventures and ‘mountain learning’ experiences.
The trip is suited to those looking to get away from resort areas for the first time and gain backcountry experience, as well as those who have already spent some time in a backcountry mountain environment and who are looking to build on their experience and knowledge.
Skiing and boarding skills will need to be strong, with riders happy and confident on black level terrain and some off-piste skiing and snowboarding experience is necessary.
Skiing with ACMG guides at all times throughout the week, not only means you’ll get to ski/ board and ski tour in some amazing backcountry terrain but you’ll also learn all about skiing and travelling in the backcountry – from avalanche equipment usage and search techniques, to snow analysis, backcountry terrain management and navigation and route setting.
Included in the week will be an Avalanche Skills Training Certificate Pt1, which will be issued at the end of the week.
The Storm Chasers trip and its experiences will provide members with excellent grounding and knowledge for their own backcountry skills development or for their Levels 3 or 4 BASI Mountain Safety courses.
For this trip you will need to have ski touring equipment.
For skiers that means touring skis with a touring binding, skins and poles. For snowboarders, a splitboard, skins and poles.
You will also need an Avalanche pack comprising a ski rucksack, transceiver, shovel and probe.
These can be rented for the week via The Storm Chasers team in advance of your arrival.
Dates and Price
This trip is running from Sat 21st to Sat 28th Feb 2015.
This exclusive BASI Members offer is £3,195 per person.
For more information or to book please contact:
Richard Barker – Kicking Horse Powder Tours
+44 7977 274182
Accommodation is based on 2 people sharing a twin room.
The trip will need a minimum of 10 members to go ahead.
Not included in the trip costings are:
Flights to Calgary International Airport.
Evening meals excepting the Welcome evening and backcountry camp.
Any skiing or snowboarding equipment rental.
Additional alcoholic drinks, outside of a reasonable Happy Hour amount – a non-profit paying bar is available on board.