All participants on a Golden Alpine Holidays trip must read and sign a waiver form. All participants must be 19 years of age or older. You will be required to physically sign a waiver in the GAH office. Waiver signing at our staging facility is not permitted.The Waiver Form will need to be signed and witnessed only by one of our employees. There are two types of waivers; guided/catered and lodge rental
Night Prior to Trip
We recommend that you stay in Golden, British Columbia the night before your trip.
Inbound Flight information
The meeting place for your trip is at the Golden Alpine Holidays office at 104, 806 - 9th Street North. Your meeting time is at 7:00 am Mountain Standard Time (MST). You are expected to sign your waiver at this time. Flights to GAH lodges take place at our Helicopter Staging Facility west of Golden. Guests are required to get themselves to GAH Staging.
Alternative transportation to our staging area from Golden is available. Contact Mount Seven Taxi at 1-250-344-5237.
Outbound Flight Information
All guests are required to be flight ready by 9:00 am MST from the lodges.
Baggage and Extra Gear
GAH operates with a weight restriction of 40 lbs/person of personal gear including skis, poles or boots. GAH in certain cases will employ the use of a weigh scale at the helipad so please pack accordingly. Only one pair of skis per person is allowed. For oversized or overweight luggage, the equivalent of a single helicopter flight will be applied to the trip costs should it be required. Please check with office if you have any questions regarding gear weight
Please have your daypack with extra change of clothes and toiletries packed with you and ready to go for the first hut. Additional changes of clothing may be packed into stuff sacks and then labeled accordingly to be dropped off at specific huts. Guests may refresh their change of clothes and leave their dirty ones behind to be picked up at the end of the week.
Our lodges do not have a liquor license. You can bring your own alcohol but please refrain from bringing bottles; instead, choose wine boxes and/or beer cans or mini kegs.
Please review our Terrain page for more info
Linens and Bedding
Golden Alpine Holidays provides all clean bedding, linens and pillows including pillow covers for both Lodge Rental Groups and Guided/Catered Groups. Please bring your own towel. Traverse groups will be required to carry their flat sheet and pillow case with them
Please download our printer friendly winter packlist (.pdf)
Mandatory Safety Equipment
Avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes are mandatory safety equipment for any skier in the back country
Skis and Splitboards
"Fat" skis for both Alpine Touring and Telemark skiers are recommended in the Esplanades since the snow can be very deep and light. The optimal ski flex should be relatively soft between tip and tail. Newer "rocker" shapes have been highly effective. Snowboarders are encourged to only use splitboards in the mountain range
Alpine Touring bindings must be in good shape and properly adjusted to your boots. Dynafit type light weight bindings are most commonly used. Ski brakes have been proven to be helpful in reducing runaway ski or board incidents. Adaptations to existing downhill bindings are not acceptable. Safety Straps are not appropriate for backcountry skiing
Boots are the most important gear for back country skiing. Please take the time to make sure that they are fitted properly
Telescoping poles are preferable. Downhill poles are a reliable alternative but for optimal performance make sure that your ski pole has a powder basket.
Climbing skins should cover the entire running surface of your skis for maximum efficiency
Do not bring dual frequencies beacons or transmitters. Ensure that you bring fresh batteries. Make sure that you are familiar with the operational features of your beacon or transmitter. Probe poles are not a suitable substitute. A quality First Aid Kit is highly recommended and should be carried at all times
Lodge Rental Groups
Because of the weight limitations with helicopters it is crucial to ensure proper planning and packing of food. your care with food packing is much appreciated. We've found banana boxes well taped work well for food items. Please don't bring any appliances everything you need is at the lodges. Avoid the use of large duffel bags and only pack personal items in easy to carry small to medium sized duffel bags and medium sized packs