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Reading Break Ski Fest -- Spearhead Kees and Claire Hut · Wed. Feb. 23rd - Fri. Feb. 25th

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Organized by: Tobias Faehndrich.

Start: Wednesday, Feb. 23rd, 7:00 am
End: Friday, Feb. 25th, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Saturday, Feb. 12th, 5:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Outside of the VOC club room (nest)


Winter Reading Break Ski Fest in the Spearhead Kees and Claire Hut February 23rd-25th 2022



Join a group of VOCers for 3 days (2 nights) at the Spearhead Kees and Claire Hut in the world-renowned Whistler backcountry.




“The Kees and Claire Hut is a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient backcountry hut. The hut has 38 sleeping spaces divided into 6 sleeping areas.

It is heated, so all you’ll need is a light sleeping bag and mattress. The hut is fully equipped with propane stoves, cooking equipment, pots, plates, utensils, etc. Only food needs to be carried in. The hut has indoor composting toilets for your comfort and to minimize environmental impact. The hut has electricity and lights.”

Ski Terrain: 

We will be skiing appropriate terrain in the area surrounding the hut which could include the Musical Bumps, Cowboy Ridge, Fissile Steep Skiing (starts getting good around reading break)… + more

(The Fissile ski descents)

(The Musical Bumps and the rest of the Fitzsimmons Range: hut is located between Cowboy Ridge and Fissile)


Route Options: 


Whistler Lift Access – If you have a whistler pass or want to pay for a backcountry lift ticket for the day, you can join me (Ticket Tobias) on the whistler lifts and access the hut via the enjoyable musical bumps.


Singing Pass Trail – If you prefer suffering a long and gruelling skin track (saving $70), you can join my brother (Suffer Simeon) up the singing pass trail (~14km, +1000m) to access the hut.


Pre Reqs:

  • Must have taken an AST-1 course and have (+be comfortable using) a transceiver, shovel, and probe. 

  • Must be confident on black diamond runs in the resort.

  • Must be fully vaccinated as per VOC trip guidelines

  • No: covid symptoms/ contact with people with confirmed covid/ travelling internationally all in the last 14 days as per usual.


Cost: ~115$ per person (rough breakdown shown below)

Hut Estimate – $92 per person for 2 nights at the hut (50+tax a night but $10 discount for ACC Vancouver members, which is a free membership for all VOCers).

Gas Estimate – 136km*2ways*15km/100L*$1.60/L /4people in a car ⇒ ~$16.32 per person

Parking Lot 4 – $6/day *3 days/4 people⇒ 4.5$ per person


(Note: hut costs will be collected beforehand, but the communal gas/parking costs will be split after the trip and will be slightly above or below these expected prices.)


Additional Costs: 

Food – BYOF or make a food group with other participants.

Lift Ticket – if you buy a backcountry lift ticket it will cost you around $70



Ski Touring Gear, Avy Gear, Sleeping Bag (the sleeping area is 5-7 Celcius), Foamie/Thermarest, Hut slippers, Warm Clothing, Waterproof clothing etc.



If avy conditions are absolutely terrible we will need to cancel the trip. WB may also choose to close the backcountry access.


If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email or DM (@tobiasfaehndrich).


Posted: 2021-11-15 19:13:28
Last modified: 2021-11-15 19:15:44