Core PowderKing Camp in Northern BC
Powder King is a remote resort secretly known for its deep, blower power. True to its name, it has an annual snowfall of 12.5 meters (41 feet) of dry, champagne powder. This secret powder destination also boasts zero lift lines, fun terrain, great tree-skiing, lift-side lodging and an honest, old school mountain vibe. A great remote experience with Core Camps! This camp is for experienced powder kings and queens. Full Camp Details below ⬇
DATES & PRICE
6 nights’ slope-side accommodation
(2 per room)
5 days of guided skiing/snowboarding with Core guides Jordan and Turner
5 day lift pass
(To/from Prince George Airport)
Fun relaxing evenings, group dinners, pub, billiards
Northern Lights viewing (Aurora Borealis)
24 hour support from Turner and Jordan
A beautiful, remote setting in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
The best Northern Core Camp experience ever!
Private room upgrade available and limited. Add $445 CAD
IS THIS CAMP FOR YOU?
We think so. It’s a very unique experience for select past campers (skiers and snowboarders).
This is 6 nights and 5 guided days at a rugged, authentic, remote and unspoiled ski resort.
There are two restaurants, one lodge, one pub, one day lodge and one kick-ass Mountain.
There is no fancy village and no shopping mall. We’re here for the powder.
You in? Then get your powder legs ready and step back in time to this secret mountain deep in the Canadian wilderness!
It’s awesome – we lived it and loved it! The coaches and I visited in Feb 2021 (to check if it was Core Camp worthy) and it was freakin’ great! We fell in love with its old-school charm and, more importantly, the fact that we rode untracked powder runs all day, every day, even though it didn’t snow after we arrived. We laughed and yelled down every powder run, every day. Within 24 hours, everyone at the lodge were excitedly asking us: “Are you the guys from Whistler?” We’re frothing to visit again and to share this secret place with a select few.
Powder King is a remote ski resort in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The remote location of this resort means there are no crowds, no lift lines and the powder stays untracked for days. It’s only open 5 day per week (Wed to Mon) hence our particular camp dates.
There’s one chairlift and one long t-bar and that’s all we need to enjoy this place.
The runs and powder runs are mainly blue and there’s very little grooming. There are no double blacks and few cliffs. The powder runs are comparable to Niseko in terms of angle. There are plenty of nicely spaced tree runs and that’s where we’ll be doing much of our skiing/riding. There are lots of natural freestyle features to hit as well. We’ve chosen mid-February for this adventure as that’s when the powder gods seem to deliver the best for these mountains. Powder King calls itself the ‘Whisper of the North” and we intend to keep it that way. You’ll want to do the same. Shhhh…
FEB 8 – We fly domestically as a group from Vancouver to Prince George at 1:10pm. Please see our “Getting There” details for the proper flights to book.
Then we take the mountain bus and arrive at Powder King at approx. 5pm. The restaurant will be open for us.
FEB 9– Ski and ride Powder King. Apres, relax, group dinner, pub, billiards, sleep, repeat!
FEB 10– Ski and ride Powder King. Apres, relax, group dinner, pub, billiards, sleep, repeat!
FEB 11– Ski and ride Powder King. Apres, relax, group dinner, pub, billiards, sleep, repeat!
FEB 12– Ski and ride Powder King. Apres, relax, group dinner, pub, billiards, sleep, repeat!
FEB 13– Ski and ride Powder King. Pack our bags in the morning.
At 3pm, we take the mountain bus back to Prince George.
Check in to our warm and tropical (yes, tropical) Hotel with 2 hot tubs, pool and sauna. Group dinner to celebrate!
FEB 14 – Breakfast at the hotel. Short airport shuttle bus for our 10:40am departure.
Arrive back in Vancouver at noon.
High fives, smiles, tears and hugs. Conspire to all meet up again on the next Core Camp Adventure.
From here you can either stay in Vancouver, travel back home or come up to Whistler for more skiing/riding. We can help arrange your Whistler bus transfers before and/or after PowderKing.
We will be taking the same domestic flights as a group.
Please book the following flights:
FEB 8, 2022 AC 8343 at 1:10pm Vancouver (YVR) to Prince George (YXS)
FEB 14, 2022* AC 8342 at 10:20am Prince George (YXS) to Vancouver (YVR)
There is one shuttle bus for us to the mountain which departs at 11am so please book the correct flights.
*Feb 14 alternative – you’re welcome to fly out earlier or later in the day on our final day.
Hotel check out is 11am, however you can leave your bags at the Hotel if you wish to explore the finest red-neck city of Northern BC.
WHAT TO BRING / HOW TO PREPARE
(FOR YOUR RIDING)
Pack like you would for coming to Whistler, however mountain has the potential to get very cold so please pack accordingly (warm layers, face mask, cold wax etc). Bring an extra pair of goggles.
Bring your powder skis/snowboard because this place can live up to its name.
(FOR YOUR BODY)
Please get your legs ready for skiing / riding powder and for riding the top t-bar lift. Do some riding beforehand, either in Whistler or at your home ski resort to get your winter muscles warmed up. The runs are not as long as Whistler however the powder runs can be longer since the mountain does not get tracked out.
(FOR YOUR ROOM)
Bring your slippers. Bring a couple of books and your favorite card game. Bring a few extra hangers for hanging up your gear. Bring your plugin boot dryer if you have one. Sheets and towel are provided. Bring your love of simplicity.
The lodge is at the base of the mountain. It’s a 50m walk to the Day Lodge and the lifts. We can’t get any closer! The private rooms are double occupancy and the washrooms and hot showers are communal.
The rooms are basic, cozy, comfy and it’s easy to get a good night sleep. We stayed here last winter and enjoyed it. There are drink and snack vending machines at the front desk. There lodge is one level and has 35 rooms in total. The lodge is not a 5-star Whistler hotel. We’re here to ski and ride powder, not for spa treatments.
PRIVATE ROOM OPTION is available and limited. Add $445 for the week.
WIFI AND CELLULAR SERVICE
As of January 2022, WIFI is now available at Powder King! There is no cellular service at the resort.
The mountain does have a satellite phone for emergencies.
DAY LODGE SERVICES
The Day Lodge is the off-mountain hub and has an authentic charm and classic atmosphere.
There is a breakfast and lunch cafeteria, a dining room, pub, rental shop, small ski shop and washrooms.
The dining room and pub is open from 10am to 11pm.
The cafeteria is open from 7:30am to 4pm.
The restaurants offer a nice variety of Canadian style comfort food and there are vegetarian options.
CORE CAMP WHISTLER BEFORE / AFTER
You’re more than welcome to join us in Whistler for a great camp before and/or after our Powder King Camp.
If you do, please note that because of the midweek dates of the Powdering Camp, you will need to find alternative Whistler accommodation for a few nights before or after the Powder King Camp. We can send you some good accommodation links.
Whistler Camp dates the week before are Jan 28~Feb 4
Whistler Camp dates the week after are Feb 18~25
Why is our PK Camp these specific dates – because they’re only open 5 days per week.
DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT
To secure your spot, a $1,000 CAD non-refundable deposit is required
Final payment is due by Nov 15, 2022
There are currently 12 spots open.
Cancellation up to Nov 1, 2022 = full refund, minus deposit
Cancellation between Nov 2, 2022 and the camp start date = no refund
Please note that we require you to have medical insurance and trip cancellation/interruption insurance for you to join us.
Trip cancellation/interruption insurance protects you in case you have to suddenly cancel or cannot finish your camp with us etc.
I’ve wanted to visit Powder king since I was 15 years old. I watched a segment in the 1990 movie called ‘Board with the World’ when world champion snowboarder, Craig Kelly visited Powder King. HERE is the video (go to min 6:17) that peaked my interest 30 years ago. FYI, the snow-ghost trees in the video are accessed by hiking above the resort. Very little has changed at the resort since this video came out in 1990.
Flights, food, travel insurance