20 – 27 January 2024

Pure Canada

Untracked awesome snow

Right in the heart of Canada’s best Backcountry, we have rented our own little lodge. Outside the front door awaits what many consider to be the world’s finest top tours. Since the accommodation is literally a Ski Lodge, there will be skiing and snow around the clock with the aim of the much talked about Champagne Powder.

Pure Canada is an Out of Bounds trip with longer days and more demanding tours. It is often just a group with a mountain guide, which means that there are no different degrees of difficulty on the tours. However, this smaller format gives us greater mobility to explore more distant mountain peaks. We sometimes cook our own food and the accommodation is simpler. Given that the altitude meters are more, you need to have previous experience of ski summit tours and your backpack should only contain the bare essentials to minimize weight.

Mountain &
Guides

Complete Wilderness

Setting out from Calgary in Alberta, Canada’s largest province, we drive around 260km westwards to Golden in British Columbia, a town situated along Highway 1 and right in the middle of the Canadian Rockies. Golden is bordered by the confluence of the two great rivers Columbia and Kicking Horse, and is surrounded by no fewer than five national parks: Yoho National Park, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Glacier National Park and Kootenay National Park.

Our base for the week, the Vagabond Lodge, is situated at high altitude, adjacent to the legendary freeride resort Kicking Horse. This gives us endless ski touring opportunities, either in the peaks around Kicking Horse itself, or via a short drive, in the nearby Rogers Pass or Lake Louise. We have six skiing days in this mountain paradise. Our time of visit, February, is pretty ideal, and should offer us bluebird days with pleasant temperatures. We’ll typically cover between 1,000 and 1,200 vertical meters each day, maximising the amount of downhill. The skiing itself will be a mixture of wide, open, untouched powder slopes and sparse conifer forests. The snow itself around here has a justified reputation for top quality, and with a bit of luck we’ll be able to enjoy the so-called “Champagne Powder”. We’ll stay on the mountain for as long as the light allows and every day finishes with a three-course dinner and a few well-deserved drinks back at the lodge.

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Aaron Enns

Aaron Enns is a fully certified Mountain Guide and member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), the International Federation of Mountain Guiding Associations (IFMGA) and the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA). He lives in Golden and has been with us earlier years at Pure Canada. Aaron has incredibly good local knowledge for skiing and has been in the mountains since childhood.

Mountain & guides
Accommodation & 
Travel

Golden 

Golden is a town with around 4,000 inhabitants along Highway 1, around 260km west of Calgary. It’s surrounded by two major mountain ranges, the Purcells and the Rockies, and lies right at the confluence of the Columbia and Kicking Horse rivers. The town itself is cosy and has a very genuine feel to it.  It boasts several restaurants, an arts gallery, two pubs and even an artisan craft brewery, Whitetooth Brewing. The best burgers in town are served up at The Wolf’s Den, and we’ll certainly try those out during our stay.

Accommodation

We’re staying in our own lodge, The Vagabond lodge, close to the Kicking Horse Resort, which is nestled amongst the many peaks of the Purcell range — an Eldorado for ski touring. The lodge, and the rooms themselves are of a typically Canadian design: wood panels abound, with  high ceilings and plenty of open spaces. Vagabond Lodge is a very pleasant base with a perfect location for ski touring in the area. Breakfast comes in the shape of a buffet, with bacon, eggs any way, porridge, toast etc. We make up our own lunch packs from the breakfast buffet every day. We eat our dinners in the various restaurants in town, or we invite a local chef to the lodge itself to cook for us.

Travel

We start our Canada trip in the morning from Stockholm, Arlanda Airport. We fly to Calgary, Canada, landing in the afternoon after a stop in Frankfurt. We drive our own cars from Calgary Airport to our lodge in Golden, with a pit stop along the way for some snacks. We retrace our steps a week later. We leave Vagabond Lodge after breakfast and drive towards Calgary, stopping in Banff for lunch and an exploratory wander around the town to stretch our legs. Our flight departs around five pm, and we’ll arrive back at Arlanda, Stockholm the following day. We can also arrange flights from Gothenburg and Malmö on request. Contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for more details. 

You can also make your own travel arrangements if you prefer, in which case we’ll meet up at an arranged spot. We’ll adjust the cost accordingly, of course.

Accommodation & Travel
Knowledge &
Equipment

We’ll cover somewhere between 1,000 and 1,600 vertical meters every day. Our days will be split into several runs, and there will be options to sit some of them out if your legs can’t hack it. We’ll ski a mix of high alpine slopes and tree runs with endless choices at our disposal. There may be some steeper or exposed passages to negotiate. We run to a maximum of 6 guests per guide.

  • Very good fitness is required, capable of sustaining an ascent rate of 400m/h
  • Capable of off-piste skiing in all conditions, on slopes of up to 35-40 degrees
  • Well practiced in ski touring technique and equipment, how to walk and kick-turn with climbing skins
  • Age limit 18 years old (16 years old if accompanied by legal guardian)

Mandatory Equipment

  • Skis with touring bindings
  • Climbing skins, contour-cut to your skis
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles with baskets of a diameter of at least 6cm
  • Avalanche transceiver (not analog), shovel, probe. Check batteries.
  • Helmet
  • Avalanche backpack with inflatable airbag, 25-40l capacity
  • Shell jacket and trousers. Wind-, and waterproof.
  • Mid-layer in wool or fleece
  • Insulated jacket. Synthetic or down. Alternatively an extra fleece.
  • Base layer, top and long-johns. Wool or synthetic
  • Ski socks, wool
  • Underwear, wool or synthetic
  • Gloves or mittens, one pair of thick, one pair of thin
  • Hat and balaclava or Buff to cover your face
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Passport and money 
  • Travel insurance
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Personal snacks (chocolate, nuts etc) for touring

Canada Specifics


  • Skis with at least 95mm under foot
  • Plug adapter

Good to have

  • Thin windproof/soft shell jacket
  • Soft shell trousers
  • Extra base layers
  • Extra underwear (wool/synthetics)
  • Extra ski socks (wool)
  • Day wear/civvies (to be left in the hotel)
  • Normal shoes (to be left in the hotel)
  • Thermos
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Toiletries bag
  • Ear plugs
  • Blister tape

Always aim to minimise weight when packing.

If you’re missing some of the equipment listed above, we’ll be happy to help arrange equipment hire or purchase. Contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for details.

Knowledge & Equipment

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Price &
Itinerary
  • Package, excluding travel

    • Part in twin room
    • 46 500 SEK
    • Estimated 4000€

Included

  • 6 days’ ski touring with Canadian IFMGA mountain guide
  • Avalanche safety training with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Ski touring technique skills with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Equipment orientation with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Guest lecturers
  • Personal account access to Pure Ski Touring’s website
  • Pure Ski Touring’s goodie bag
  • Accommodation at Vagabond Lodge, Golden BC, 6 nights
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meal, 6 days
  • Bedding, towels and cleaning on checkout
  • Lunch in Banff on departure day
  • Air travel, Stockholm – Calgary return
  • Checked luggage, 23kg and carry-on 8kg
  • Sport equipment luggage, 23kg (skis, poles and boots)
  • Return transfer, Calgary Airport – Golden BC

  • Saturday, January 20th

    • 09:05 Departure from Stockholm, Arlanda for Calgary, BC
    • 15:55 Arrival, Calgary Airport
    • We have our own transfer to our lodge in Golden
    • 20:00 Check-in, and time for a shower and change before dinner
    • 20:30 A hearty, Canadian meal served in the lodge
    • Preparation and sorting ourselves out for tomorrow’s tour.
  • Sunday, January 21th:

    • 07:30 Breakfast served in lodge
    • Our guide Aaron Enns will join us for breakfast
    • 09:00 Head off for our first ski tour of the week
    • We have lunch on the mountain
    • Aaron will conduct an avalanche training session
    • Return to lodge, shower, sauna and change in time for evening dinner
    • 19:30 Three-course meal served in lodge
  • Monday, Jan 22th - Friday Feb 26th

    • 07:00 Breakfast, Canadian style: eggs any and every way, bacon, breakfast muffins, pancakes, freshly baked bread, yoghurt, fruit, porridge – you name it.
    • We all make up lunch packs from the breakfast buffet
    • 08:30 Gather in the lobby and head out for today’s tour
    • Lunch on the mountain
    • Dusch, bastu, ombyte och tid för lite egen vila innan kvällens middag
    • En kväll kommer en från "the locals" och berättar om staden och bergens historia - en superhärlig och inspirerande person
    • 19:00 Middag på lodgen alternativt på restaurang i byn - vi varierar oss!
    • 21:00 Vi får en kvällsuppdatering från Aaron inför morgondagens skidåkning
  • Saturday, February 27th

    • 07:00 Breakfast. We make up a lunch pack
    • 10:00 Check-out
    • We load up our cars and drive towards Calgary with a stop in Banff for a break
    • 17:50 Departure from Calgary Airport. Arrive at Arlanda Airport the following day (Feb 14th) at 14:25.
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