There is a time for vulnerability in this life, but this camp is not it. With registered hard-asses Eric Hjorleifson, Chris Rubens, Mark Abma, Sage Cattabringa Alosa and Stan Rey lead by the almost-crazed pace of guides Marty Schaffer, Isaac Kamink and Adam Zok you can imagine what this is going to be like. You’ll be coming in hot after a casual off- season, and it will hurt, but you WILL NOT show weakness. Drunk on first tracks, you won’t be able to feel your legs anyways. We curse our core strength and deny our lower back pain and punch ourselves in the face before we admit that we are a year older. Our only objective is to shred with as much exuberance as a bunch of college kids throwing a keg party for the first time.
Bring your headlamp, expect to use it. leave your insecurity at home. you’ll have a whole new set of baggage to deal with after this camp.
So: backcountry chalet, check, good people, check, fresh pillows, check, a sleeping bag for you to face plant into, check, vulnerability, in check. Come check out this four- day early season camp – we’re not kidding when we say we’re going to crush laps, except for when we’re crushing home-cooked meals or sweating it out in the sauna so we can go even harder the next day.
Group dynamics and vibe are so key in the backcountry. We excel in connecting the right environment for your ability, personality and interests. Think of us like the backcountry matchmakers; hook it up with the right guide, crew and direction for your experience. We’ve developed a way for you to communicate using your hands. Be honest and use this format to communicate your vibe.
Experience: You have a day or two out touring with friends but feel new and intimidated with 1) the term “complex terrain” 2) Transitions 3) multi peak day 4) Your outfit Fitness: Love the outdoors, but wish you could get out more. A full day is fine, but prefer lots of snack breaks Shredability: Strong intermediate. Can shred at least 85% of inbounds terrain at your local resort.
Experience: Completed either an Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 course or been guided backcountry skiing before. Generally proficient and confident with mountain travel. Limited experience in complex terrain, but excited to #exploremore Fitness: Bring on a big day, but let’s talk the whole way. There’s more to life then panting for air. Shredability: Advanced. Will shred all terrain and comfortable in changing snow conditions
Experience: You’ve been out there doing this for years maybe even completed an AST 2. You own an ice axe and aren’t afraid to use it. Fitness: So you’re fit, and you identify yourself as such. You’re looking for big days and big vert. Shredability: Humility is good but you can ski any terrain and make it look good.
Experience: Years of backcountry touring in complex terrain and a credible level of avalanche training. More-than-proficient with technical equipment: ice axe, crampons, roping up on a glacier. Fitness: You think you can actually hang with Greg Hill?… the guy that ski toured 2 million vertical in a season. Shredability: Rappel into a couloir or 10,000+ ft days – BRING IT
Beyond a really good time? ... Breakfast the first morning. Lunch bag when we meet the first day. Awesome 10 minute heli ride to and from the Chalet with an A-Star. Avalanche safety training. All home cooked meals which include a 2 Course Breakfast, Large lunch spread (including SNACKS), Appies when you first get back. Large dinner. Beer = 2-4 pints a night. Demo set ups ~ K2 skis on dynafit demo tracks or K2 split boards. Lodging including a comfortable bed with fresh pillow slip
A positive attitude and willingness to learn. Don’t leave home without it! // You will need to provide your own transport to and from Revelstoke, which includes a 20min drive south of Revy to our staging area. Bring any additional alcoholic beverages that you fancy. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and bed sheet. We have a sweet sauna, bring a towel but a swimsuit is up to your comfort level. You will need all your own ski touring gear and avalanche safety equipment. Gratuity is not included. We do not provide travel and/or cancelation insurance.
You might just find a new best friend. Yes, we’re guides, but we’re not going to hold ourselves higher than everyone else. More than anything, we’re mentors. We think safety should be fun, cool and the first priority of the ever-growing community of backcountry enthusiasts. It is our prerogative to communicate from the start to the end of the day. We’re going shredding and we’ll let ya know whats up, there’s a lot to learn from that. If you’re not into this, we’re not into you…the backcountry is our home, passion and arena to bring the best out of you. Lets get deep
Y-E-S. There is inherent risk in the activities we are partaking in. We are exposed to a remote and uncontrolled environment. It is vital to us that you understand what you are getting yourselves into. We use a waiver for you to understand these risks, use this document as a way to communicate to us that you understand. Expect to see a copy upon booking. We will have a fresh waiver for you to sign the first day. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
First off, no one is getting left behind. secondly you’re probably faster than you think. We’re here to empower you, and cater to all abilities. CAPOW excels at dynamics, we do everything we can to get like minded people together and make sure you’re in the right trip before we even start. We will give options for those that want to go home early. We tailor to any ability: strong skiers are going to tackle objectives through mentorship, newer skiers are going to differentiate walk-mode from ow-mode.
The Caposse comes with years of experience both traveling in the big mountains and some with filming with the best skiers in the world…some trips even have the best skiers in the world. Some of our trips will get into big complex terrain given group ability and conditions. We trust that you keep all shredding within your ability and will get into some rad stuff. We do a really good job at combining like minded people together. You cant expect every trip to be super rad, some camps are designed specifically for higher levels.
This all depends on vibe. We will cater to where the group is at or the vibe we set for a camp. Length of runs depends on conditions, we’ll focus our attention on skiing the best snow each day. 95% of our skiing is all above the Chalet so we end each day with a ski home. A softer day would be 500-700m (1500-2000ft) a big day would be 1500-3000m ( 6,000-10,000ft). We do anywhere from 2-5 runs a day.
We believe in coaching you on the gear you own. It is a requirement to have all your safety gear to the highest standards and touring equipment in good working order. If you do not have the requirement we recommend renting from www.revelstokepowderrentals.com based in downtown revy. We will have K2 skis to demo with dynafit bindings along with a few fun shaped K2 splitboards…and lodge noboards. If you show up with inadequate or malfunctioning (we will check prior to skiing) safety equipment we will have BCA gear for you to demo.
Come on, of course you are…encouraged even. Each trip we have a number of splitboarders. Make sure you have any extra bolts or parts specific for your set up.
We have an entire house booked for the first night. There is no set time to check in, but if you come early (anytime after 4pm) you can get everyone together.
You dont have to! We know its expensive to stay in Revelstoke, so we sourced the best set up and price...but that required us to book a long time in advance. If you cant make it to Valley Retreat thats okay! We will meet at 6am the morning of.
For emergencies only - Have them contact Jami, our base manager ~ Info@capow.ca. She will contact us via radio and you can call out with our sat phone. We have our radio on 24/7.
Through Lifestyle financial. It is custom to each person and trip. Follow this link to start the process. http://www.lifestylefinancial.ca/index.php/travelinsurance/blanket-glacier-chalet
YES. Food is a very important part of this trip. If you have a special request let us know! Let us know early and communicate with our chef. You can't decide to change your diet once you’re up there or choose to change your diet because those cinnamon buns look aaaamazing. We have to fly everything up, so if you can't just change because you feel like it. You will fill out a dietary request when you book, we will take it seriously
Valley Retreat is at - 3250 Airport Way, Revelstoke, BC - Transportation to and from the staging area is up to you. Get yourself to Revelstoke the night before the trip. Kelowna is a 2.5hr drive from the airport and the most reliable. There is a shuttle service, The stoke shuttle with trips daily in the winter season. Calgary and Spokane are also options, just further away. Heli flights out of the Chalet are planned for first thing in the morning on the final day, but weather can delay these flights. Do not plan a mid afternoon flight out of Kelowna for your way home.
In the backcountry, FREERIDE! At the Chalet we have a two hole, clean and comfortable outhouse. There is an inside pee toilet….phew.
If you’d like to cuddle up with someone (predetermined) let us know. We will arrange our sleeping arrangement based on who shows up. We have a mix of single and double beds.
Everynight we have the sauna going. We have water on the wood stove that heats up for a shower. Just because our terrain isn’t groomed, doesn’t mean you can't be.
We understand you’ve had something big come up (changed your millennial mind, you got bad frostbite, your loved one is making you go to your cousin's wedding) but we’ve saved you a spot. We can't just give you your money back. Here are your options // 1) Buy cancelation insurance, this makes it easy for everyone // 2) Excluding your non-refundable deposit, any amounts paid can be refunded or applied as credit at your discretion if you are making the cancelation 60 days or more in advance of the 1stday of the trip. // 3) If you are unable to attend a trip and notify us 14 days or less prior to the start of the trip, CAPOW guiding has the right to keep full payment. 4)If you are unable to attend a trip and are able to fill with a substitute to fill your space, DO THAT!!
Heck yes! We require a non-refundable 25% deposit before Sept 1st anyway to hold your spot. Full payment is due after Sept 1st of the year of trip.
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