Where can I check out current conditions?
6 day forecast for Kicking Horse from www.snow-forecast.com
Current conditions from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Advanced weather data from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Avalanche bulletin for the South Columbia from Canadian Avalanche Centre
Avalanche bulletin for Glacier National Park (Rogers Pass) from Parks Canada
What about safety?
Sending guests home safe and happy is a top priority for Canadian Powder Adventures. All cPow guides are members of the Canadian Avalanche Association, have current first aid certification, have extensive backcountry skiing/riding experience, and are in tune with current snow pack conditions. Guests wanting to ski or ride in the backcountry must be accompanied by a guide and use appropriate avalanche equipment (rentals are available upon request).
What is included in the price of a multi-day tour?
All guiding services, lift tickets, accommodation, transportation, and breakfast each day are included in the cost of a multi-day tour package. Lunches and dinners are not included in the trip price, although we most often eat together as a group. Rental equipment is not included in the price. It seems to be more and more common (with rising airline costs) for guests to travel without their skis and poles. There are plenty of options at each destination for equipment to rent for the day, or for your entire trip. This can facilitate a great opportunity for you to try out some different shaped skis or boards. It is recommended to bring your boots.
What are the accommodations (on the multi-day tours) like?
The accommodations visited while on tour are modest, yet spacious and cozy, with a focus on giving you a feel for each little ski town. In our home town of Golden, we'll have you stay with our friends' bed & breakfast lodges; Auberge, Le Beausolei, and Canyon Ridge Lodge. It's always a treat to meet the locals.
What is the guide to guest ratio?
The minimum number of guides to guests is 1 guide for 6 people. However, we usually try to operate our multi-daytours with 10 people and 2 guides. This allows to split into two groups on any given ski day.
How good of a snowboarder/skier do I have to be?
Everyone is welcome regardless of ability on our multi-day tours, and if instruction is needed, we'll help to arrange that for you.
What if I don’t want a guide (while in-bounds on a multi-day trip)?
If we are skiing at a resort for the day, you are free to ski with your guides or on your own. They will happily give you suggestions, and you can meet up with the group later in the day. All out of bounds skiing is guided, and guests must adhere to the guides' instructions when out of bounds. When booking heli and cat skiing packages with us, each operator will have their own guides, and we will provide transportation to and from these operations.
Do I need special equipment or knowledge to go out of bounds?
All participants riding in the backcountry will be required to wear an avalanche transceiver, as well as carry a small backpack with a probe and a shovel. A session covering how to use this equipment will begin your day, instructed by your guide. If you'll be ski touring (opposed to just hiking in boots), touring bindings and skins for ascending are required, and are available to rent. For snowboarders, a splitboard and collapsable poles are ideal, also available to rent. Snowshoes will suffice, but are less efficient. If you've never tried backcountry riding, don't be intimidated. The day can be customer to your fitness level and ability.
What is included in the price of a guided backcountry day?
The fees for a single backcountry day includes professional guiding service. It does not include lift tickets, rental equipment, or meals.
What is your Guest Cancellation Policy?
A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due at the time of booking as a reservation fee ( for multi-day trips). The remainder of the tour price is due 30 days prior to the departure of the trip, and is fully refundable (less the $300 deposit up until 10 days prior to the tour. Cancellations within 10 days of tour departure date are 50% refundable. After a reservation is made, changes to the booking will be possible but not guaranteed, depending upon availability.
Will I have to sign a waiver?
Yes, for any guided services with Canadian Powder Adventures, you will need to sign this waiver.