For the winter of 2022/ 2023, a week of skiing costs $3,050.00 per person plus $152.50 GST tax and $32.03 PST tax for a total of $3,234.53 Canadian dollars. This includes pick-up at the airport for those guests that fly in, and vehicles to drive to the staging area. Also included are: the helicopter flight to the lodge and back on the exchange day, all food and accommodation at the lodge, guide's services, and rental gear as required. Not included is your access to and stay in Smithers, alcoholic beverages at the lodge, emergency and medical evacuations, and tips.
If you have a smaller group, but want the lodge to yourself to stay in your bubble, please contact us to discuss how we can make that happen.
The lodge has been extended and renovated in the summer of 2022. For groups of ten guests, that means that there will be only two to a room. There is also considerably more seating.
We have changed our booking procedure. You now have to read and sign a waiver before proceeding to the actual booking and its conditions. We have had to make this change in response to recent court cases. Signing and submitting the waiver does not commit you to booking. It is to show that you are aware of the risks before sending us any money.
Please refer to our Google Calendar for availability. We try to keep that up to date. Or write us for the current status.
ACCESS AND LOGISTICS: If you drive to Smithers, please be sure to be at the Silver King Helicopters base at the Smithers airport (250-877-1989) no later than 1000 hours on the day your trip starts. You can leave your vehicle there. If you fly, we will pick you up on the afternoon flight from Vancouver on the Thursday before your trip starts. We will bring you to your hotel (most of our guests stay at the Stork Nest Inn, storknestinn.com) and back out to the heli base the next morning for your flight to the lodge. On the day your trip ends, you will be back in town before 1400 hours so you can catch the afternoon flight to Vancouver. Of course this cannot be guaranteed, but it is usually reliable.
BOOKING, RESERVATION, DEPOSIT: A deposit of 50% of the total price or private guiding fee is due with your booking unless otherwise indicated. Please do a bank transfer (account information on demand), send an E-transfer to email@example.com or mail a cheque payable to Bear Mountaineering, Box 4222, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Canada. Final payments are due 60 days before your trip starts. If you wish to pay in a currency other than what our trips are quoted in, please inquire with us for a quote in your preferred denomination. Euro payments are only accepted by bank transfers in Euro denomination. We also accept bookings from minors; however we do require the signature of BOTH parents or ALL legal guardians on both Application Form and Waiver. CONFIRMATION / TRIP INFORMATION: Upon receipt of this registration form we confirm your booking and you agree to pay your deposit within 7 days. Each trip we offer has a detailed trip information page (available on our website) with the trip details, equipment list, proposed itinerary and logistics, etc. Read through this carefully before completing your registration.
TRIP (CANCELLATION / MEDICAL / EVACUATION / THEFT) INSURANCE: Once we you complete your registration, we enter into financial obligations on our side and we cannot refund payments or release you from your contractual obligations. Therefore, we highly recommend buying cancellation insurance to cover your losses for the case that you can’t participate or have to interrupt your trip “for any reason”. Also, all participants need to have internationally accepted health insurance for all activities pertaining to the trip, including coverage for emergency rescue and evacuation. If you already have insurance, please make sure that you will be covered for “roped travel” booking a technical trip including “Via Ferrata” trips. We gladly refer you to a travel insurance provider who offers “adventure travel insurance packages” and with whom our clients have had positive claims experiences in the past. Generally, you will receive the best benefits if you buy your insurance within 10 days of our booking confirmation. We strongly urge you to read our Insurance Information page carefully before booking your trip.
CANCELLATIONS: If you need to cancel a reservation, please do so in writing (best by e-mail). Please see the trip information package for details on your trip's Cancellation Policy.
CANCELLATIONS DUE TO COVID 19 OR OTHER EPIDEMICS: If your trip has to be cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the following policy applies. If the lodge is shut down by order of civic or health authority more than 1 month before commencement, we will refund all money paid, but retain $300 per person to cover our preparation and maintenance costs. If the cancellation for those reasons occurs less than 1 month but more than one week before commencement, we will refund 75% of the money paid. If the cancellation occurs less than one week before commencement, no money will be refunded. Before traveling to the lodge, all guests will have to state whether they have been in an area with a pandemic outbreak within two weeks of their trip, and whether they have any symptoms that could be linked to Covid 19. Guests who meet those criteria will not be allowed on the trip and there will be no refund. Guests who develop Covid 19 symptoms at the lodge will be evacuated and quarantined at their expense.
CANCELLED PROGRAMS: Once we confirm your booking, we guarantee your trip departure. However, we do reserve the right to change guides, particular lodging or the itinerary should unforeseen circumstances (guide sickness, hut or route closing etc.) force us to do so or should the physical condition of the participants (see below), weather or mountain conditions make a continuation as planned too risky. We will not be deemed to be in default for any delay or failure to perform our obligations under this Agreement resulting from acts of God, the elements, war, acts of government, civil or military authorities, natural calamities, catastrophe, fire, flood, accidents, epidemics, shortage of transportation, or any other like events beyond our reasonable control.
PERSONAL FITNESS and GROUP TRAVEL: Our programs rely heavily on the integrity of each individual to assess his or her skill level and physical condition accurately. It is the responsibility of each participant to be aware of the necessary skill and fitness level for a particular trip. When in doubt, please call and discuss this with us! For the protection of yourself and other group members, we reserve the right to deny participation to any unprepared participant at any time of the trip, in which case we cannot offer a refund! In order to accommodate diverse levels of ability and ambition as well as diverse personalities, the decision making of the guide has to be geared towards safety and finding a consensus within the whole group, which may not please each individual participant at all times.