Date: Mar 07, 2020 to Mar 08, 2020

Time: All Day

Category: Education

This workshop will teach you the skills you will need to spend a night in the backcountry during the winter.

We will meet at the Raven Lodge on the Saturday morning. We will head out to Circlet Lake set up camp there. This is 10km one way.

We will practice skills for the rest of Saturday and Sunday morning. We will head out and back to Raven Lodge on Sunday.

Snowshoes, skis and splitboards are welcome.

We will connect as a group before the trip to discuss gear and logistics. Depending on where people live and the experience level of the group, we may meet in person or connect online.

Carpooling will be arranged.

Expected Outcomes: 

  • Set up camp (tents, kitchen area)
  • Building a snow cave (emergency shelters)
  • Getting water in the winter
  • Clothing needs (layering systems)
  • Gear care (how to dry and care for gear in winter environment)
  • How to keep dry and warm

Skills Needed:

You should be in good physical condition and able to travel 10km with a heavy pack.

This is not a great time to try ski touring or splitboarding for the first time. First time snowshoers are welcome. 😄

We will not be travelling in avalanche terrain. AST 1 is not required.

Gear Needed:

A detailed list will be provided to participants before the trip. Some of the big items you will need are:

  • A method of travel (snowshoes, touring skis, splitboard)
  • 40-80L backpack (depending on how light you pack and how good you are at cramming)
  • Warm winter clothes (coat, gloves, hat, fleece or wool layers)
  • Tent
  • Warm sleeping bag (you may be able to get a liner for your existing one if it’s not warm enough)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Backpacking stove, generous amount of fuel and 2L pot

We realize this gear is expensive. Not everyone needs to own their own tent, stove, showshoes, etc. We will connect as a group over email to encourage sharing resources as much as possible.

Max Participants: 6 participants

Trip leaders: Erica Ellefsen ( and Jes Scott (

Cost: $25.

Intersted? Sorry, the workshop is full and the wait list is full.