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BC Outfitters Winter Adventure Tours

Winter Adventure

Our winter adventure tours are through the vast, white wilderness of British Columbia. For winter trips, you and your guide make day-trips from base camp on one of our cabins. You can also ski or snowshoe cabin to cabin. On skiing days, you ski between 4 to 6 hours a day through valleys and descending from slopes.
Of course, there is also time to rest in one of our cabins. Here you can enjoy the real warmth of a woodstove. Together with our cook, we prepare meals. During the day, your gear and supplies will transport to your new location.
Enjoy a cross-country skiing adventure in winter. The adventure accompanies by a guide, you roam through this immense winter landscape. Detect fresh prints of wild animals and enjoy the endless views. You spend the night in cabins where a delicious meal and the warmth of the woodstove await you.

Practical details

INCLUDED

  • Flight from Smithers to Base Camp and return flight
  • Ski-tour guide and cook
  • All meals and lodging during the trip
  • Transport of gear on ski days
  • Water filter (taken along by guide)
  • All cooking utensils
  • Several cabins during the trip
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Fishing license
  • Use of fishing equipment at cabin camps
  • All permits, license fees, and taxes

EXCLUDED

  • Flight to and from Canada, Smithers
  • Accommodation in Smithers
  • Meals before arrival and after departure from Claw Mountain Outfitters base camp
  • Ski equipment (such as skis, ski suits, ski boots, snowshoes)
  • Personal toiletries (such as sleeping bag, backpack, clothing, cabin shoes)
  • Insurance (travel and accident insurance is mandatory, cancellation insurance is advised)

Winter Adventure Itinerary

Smithers / Prince George to Basecamp
Trips Based from Base-Camp
Returning from a day-trip
View on the Samuel Black Range
From Black Lake to Toodoggone Lake
Trip on a Frozen Lake
Enjoy and Relax
Trip Back to Black Lake
Fly-Out to Smithers

Smithers / Prince George to Basecamp

The Cross-Country Ski trip begins with leaving Smithers / Prince George by ski plane. Seconds later the vast white wilderness passes by underneath you and on your way to our Base-Camp, your Cross-Country ski adventure has started.
We are approaching Base-Camp and are approximately 600 km away from Prince George and 300 km from Smithers. You arrived in the wilderness, the domain of wolves, moose, mountain goat, and wolverine.
Smithers / Prince George to Basecamp

Trips Based from Base-Camp

For 2-3 days long we make beautiful day-trips to return in the evening at our cabin at Base-Camp. Nothing as good as coming back to a nice warm woodstove after an adventurous day in the crackling snow. A good meal and looking back together with a smile on your face on a great day in the snow.
Trips Based from Base-Camp

Returning from a day-trip

We make the day-trips in various directions making it possible to thoroughly enjoy the vast, pristine wilderness around Base-Camp.
Returning from a day-trip

View on the Samuel Black Range

From the highest points around Base-Camp, we have a view of the peaks of the Samuel Black Range including The Pillar and Mount Rognaas. With the sun in our face, we go for a final descent to Base-Camp. Tired but satisfied we arrive at the bottom of the slope where we look out over this magnificent winter landscape.
View on the Samuel Black Range

From Black Lake to Toodoggone Lake

An early rise, outside the day, looks promising, the snow conditions look good. Today is our day we make our long trip to finally reach the cabins at Toodoggone Lake. All gear is moved by snowmobile. For us, it is: enjoy, enjoy and enjoy! Through a magnificent valley with view on the peaks around us, we rest and have a hot lunch break at places like Horse Camp and Finlay Camp.
Enjoy the serene silence feast your eyes on the majestic beauty of the landscape that surrounds you. If there was such a thing as a perfect day, this is it.



From Black Lake to Toodoggone Lake

Trip on a Frozen Lake

Following the accelerating day from Black Lake to Toodoggone Lake, it is time for a lazier day. Of course, it is also possible not to go skiing but to take a walk to one of the waterfalls, ice fishing. Another possibility is to make a trip over the lake on Cross-Country skis.
Trip on a Frozen Lake

Enjoy and Relax

On the remaining days we make day-trips to various locations, upon returning in the evening again you can relax and enjoy the warmth of the wood heat, along with your home-cooked meals, maybe by the campfire light and reflect upon our day’s adventure with each other.
Enjoy and Relax

Trip Back to Black Lake

Today we leave beautiful Toodoggone Lake behind us, off on our return journey to Black Lake. We ski along the same path. Our minds are reflecting on our days past. Our dreams have been realized. The majestic beauty of this untouched wilderness, the serene silence has surpassed our expectations.
Trip Back to Black Lake

Fly-Out to Smithers

After having lived for 10 days in this white world it is time to say goodbye to this untouched wilderness. Fly back to Smithers / Prince George where you can reminisce on a great Cross-Country Ski adventure in the Omineca Mountains.
Fly-Out to Smithers

Your Guides

For our guides, Rick and Bert, going on these adventurous journeys is not working, but it’s a lifestyle and a belief. Waking up in a landscape where silence prevails, you wash in a stone-cold creek. Here every day is a new adventure – that, for them, is what makes them feel alive. In the immeasurable, vast remote wilderness of Western Canada, not only do they live here in the summer, but they’re also here throughout the winter. With our experienced guides, you feel at ease among moose, bears, and wolves.

You are not alone in this adventure

Rick

Rick Solmonson is the manager for Claw Mountain Outfitters. He is also the guide for the Horseback riding trips. During the past 40 years, he has roamed most of the wilderness of Central and North British Columbia on horseback. He started organizing Horseback trekkings in 2010. Each time he is happy to see travelers arrive as clients and to see them leave as friends. Rick has a great passion for horses and nature in general. There is nothing he likes more than sharing this with others. He is more than happy to take you along on a wilderness adventure. An adventure that will change your life.

Bert

The Hiking adventures at Claw Mountain Outfitters are guided by Bert. He has been a guide with us since 2015. His first encounter with the wilderness in Western Canada, British Columbia dates back to 2001. After reading an article about following a training course in B.C. the decision was easy. A year later he completed the training and got his International Wilderness Guide license. Most of this training was done during a 3 months stay in the wilderness around Atlin. There he was trained in surviving, crossing rivers, finding edible plants, fish, etc.

Tim

Tim has been flying for Claw Mountain Outfitters from the start. Not only does he fly our hikers, horseback riders and skiers between the different locations but he also flies in our supplies, fuel, etc. Tim has been flying for Claw Mountain Outfitters from the start. Not only does he fly our hikers, horseback riders and skiers between the different locations but he also flies in our supplies, fuel, etc.
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