Supported Winter Programs

We believe that winter camping should be a layered approach. Our new supported programs have been designed to be a simple and safe way for our customers to grow with us. Our programs are designed for beginners, seasoned campers, families and solo campers.

Programs will run Fridays – Sundays two times a month from December to the end of March. (Dates to be decided for the 2020-2021 season)

The Program

Families, friends, couples or solo campers will join our very experienced winter guide (Peter) for the weekend. Peter will have a hot tent set up as a basecamp warming station/ gathering area for the group. You will set your rental tent up in close proximity or if you have some experience and want to go a little further from the group you can. Our basecamp tent will be set up just a short distance from the parking area which allows new winter campers to bring extra clothing layers to experiment with and learn what works. We will review your experience base and comfort level to help develop the most appropriate plan with you.

When booking one of our supported programs we will review your experience and develop the most appropriate plan with you. We will prepare you for what to expect and send an appropriate clothing/personal items list.

General Itinerary:

Programs will run Fridays to Sundays. You can choose to do the full three days or join in on the Saturday. We will meet everyone at the trail head with all of your gear ready to go. There will be opportunities for exploring, learning about winter camping with Peter, solo time or group socializing. You can make your meals on your own at your setup spot or come to the basecamp tent to cook. In the evenings we can gather around the fire or in the hot tent.

Friday – Meet and greet at the trail head. Organize gear and load sleds/pulks. Friday’s focus is setting up the basecamp and tents.

Saturday – Those that are joining on Saturday will have the same days as above. The Friday folks will have the day to use as they wish. Explore, relax, or learn more about winter camping with Peter.

Sunday – Spend the morning exploring or socializing. Pack up starts around noon with a 1-2pm departure.

NOW LETS BUILD YOUR PACKAGE!

All of our program packages include a tent system, packing duffel/dry bags, backpacks, snowshoes and sleep systems. At the base hot tent we will have water, hot drinks available and fire wood.

TENTS:

  • North Face Expedition Tent 2,3 and 4 person (Recommended system for beginners)
  • Black Diamond Mega Light – This is a classic winter ski-tour tent that is a floor-less design and only weighs 2 lbs. With this tent you would sleep in a bivy.
  • Snowtrekker Hot Tent 2/4 person – Our supported programs are designed to support cold camping but we will allow one Snowtrekker rental per program. This is a rental upgrade that is not included in the package price.

During the program if conditions/time permit we can also build a Quinzee!

TRAVEL SYSTEMS:

We will set everyone up with snowshoes at the trailhead. (If you would like to upgrade to OAC Backcountry skis we need to know ahead of time). We will have an assortment of pulks, toboggans and packs to choose from.

SLEEP SYSTEMS:

We will have your sleep system packed in a duffel and ready to go. Sleep systems consist of the following gear:

  • -20 MEC sleeping bag (-30 upgrade available for $8/day)
  • wool/ thermal liner
  • bivy or overbag
  • insulated ground sheet
  • closed cell pad (insulated air pad with pump available as an upgrade for $9/day or you are welcome to bring your own)

Program Rates and Options

2 Day Program
Friday to Saturday or
Saturday to Sunday
Adults $225Children $125
3 Day Program
Friday to Sunday
Adults $300Children $200
  • Program prices are per program, not per day.
  • Children are 12 and under.
  • You are responsible for your own park permits and your own food.
  • We have a 15% discount for a group of 4 or more booked together.

Items You Will Need

  • Headlamps and batteries
  • Stove and fuel
  • Pot set and cooking utensils
  • Plates, mugs and utensils
  • Bio Soap and washing supplies
  • Thermos
  • Water bottle with insulator
  • Matches/lighter and fire starter
  • Lantern
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal items – medications, cameras, clothing, etc.

If you do not have the above items you can get complete outfitting which will include all of the above (except personal items) for your group at an additional cost of $50 per group. If you are only in need of a couple things above we can assist with partial outfitting as well.

Feel free to email us with any questions you have about our Support Programs!