Canadian Rockies, Rogers Pass
5 Day Ski Touring Week or Course and Custom Trips at Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park BC, Canada with CAA Avalanche Courses AST 1 & 2
Rogers Pass Highlights
- Best day ski touring in N. America
- 33ft avg snowfall / year
- 500m – 1500m vertical ski tours
- Good tree skiing on high hazard days
- Glaciated and alpine peak ascents
- Optional hut lodging nights
The area around Rogers Pass in BC’s Columbia Ranges does not require much introduction for most ski touring aficionados in North America.
Easily accessible by car or public transportation on the Trans-Canada Highway in about 4 hrs from Calgary, Rogers Pass offers some of the finest powder skiing in the world! Situated on the crest of the Selkirks the area is usually blessed with 10 meters (33 ft) of fluffy snow, which puts it on top of the record lists of snow fall in North America on a regular basis.
Just imagine a vertical drop of 1700 Meters (5600ft) straight up from your car door. Countless runs in the steep trees that lace the main valleys in the lower elevations and the heavily glaciated alpine terrain offer great choices every day depending on weather and snow stability. Our base is either Revelstoke (approx 45mins – 1 hr) or Golden (approx 45mins – 1 hr), however we can opt to spend nights in the backcountry at Parks Canada’s Asulkan or Saphire Col Hut.
New: At Rogers Pass our ski touring courses come with the CAA entry level (AST 1) or advanced level (AST 2) certification. Choose from 2 to 5 day course duration!
Itineraries will vary from group to group and will depend on mountain conditions and client abilities. Your guide & group will decide on the itinerary on a day-to-day basis.
Detail and Logistics
On the first day of the trip we will depart Revelstoke/or Golden at approx 9AM MST or 8AM PST to Rogers Pass. Be dressed and ready to go out into the field.
We can also organize a pick-up at the Calgary Airport (additional charge) or make arrangements to meet you between Canmore and Roger’s Pass.
The Selkirk Range in BC’s Columbia Ranges are primarily influenced by a moist, maritime climate (very much in contrast to Canadian Rockies) with moderate winter temps. During a typical ski touring week, you should be prepared for heavy snowfall and temps from -1C (30F) to -15C (5F).
Included in Trip Price
Guiding and instruction by an internationally (UIAGM/IFMGA) certified mountain guide or ACMG ski guide or ACMG Assistant Ski Guide under supervision, all guide expenses, lodging (double rooms with ensuite bathroom in the hotel, bunk beds in the hut, if that option is chosen), Glacier equipment (harness, rope), avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe). For AST courses also use of snow study equipment (snow screen, snow saw, loop, thermometer), “Avaluator” booklet and screen as well as a course manual to keep.
2 day course: 1 night accommodation
3 day course: 2 nights accommodation
4 day course: 3 nights accommodation
5 day course: 4 nights accommodation
We might be able to arrange ground transport for you, either by car pooling with the guide or other participants. Airport pick-up and drop off is also available for an additional charge.
Not included in Trip Price
Airfare, ski touring equipment (can be rented),breakfast, dinner und lunch, drinks, single room supplement, national Parks Pass for entry into Glacier National Park by car.
Any additional cost due to changes in the itinerary, may they be caused by weather, mountain conditions or personal preferences.
2 Day Course:
Learning by doing! Track setting, intro to avalanche awareness and snow stability evaluation – CAA – AST 1 certificate (16 hrs), transceiver search, navigation and route planning with classic tools and GPS, glacier travel (in spring), skiing techniques in particular to powder.
4 and 5 Day Course:
As above but more in depth, Avalanche Awareness and snow stability evaluation CAA AST 2 certificate (32 hrs), Intermediate to advanced ski tours: Grizzly Shoulder Runs (550m), Ursus Minor (800m), Lilly Glacier to Asulkan Traverse (1200m), Youngs Peak (1600m), Little Sifton (1450m) and lots of other options!
– or as a course:
A combination of any of the above contents, advancing at a rate in accordance with your personal skill level and preferences.
For any of our ski touring programs, you need to be at least an intermediate skier, who can safely and controlled descend in various snow conditions with a day touring backpack! You need to be in good physical and mental condition, ready to be on your feet for about 7-8 hrs each day. If in doubt, give us a call!
TREKKING, GLACIER TRAVEL, from HUT-TO-HUTBACKCOUNTRY SKI TOURING ROGER’S PASS
1. Technical Equipment
• Telemark or Alpine Touring skis*: Only bring your telemark skis if you are at least an advanced/intermediate telemarkskier with backcountry experience.
• Telemark or alpine touring boots*
• Collapsible ski poles*
• Climbing skins (stick-on) that fit your telemark or alpine touring skis*
• Avalanche transceiver (475 Megahertz)
• Lightweight snow shovel
• Avalanche probe
• Backpack (45 liters) with rain cover. Some have built-in rain covers (eg. Deuter backpacks). Rain covers can also be bought separately. Otherwise bring a big plastic (garbage) bag as an inside liner for your backpack.
• Climbing harness for glacier travel
• One locking carabiner
• Crevasse rescue equipment, if you are familiar with it. (Prusik slings, webbing, pulleys, auto-locking device). Your guide will bring a full set.
• Ski crampons (optional, but might make your live much easier in some of the steeper sections in spring)
• Repair kit for your skis (can be shared between 2 people)
All items marked with ‘*’ can be rented from a rental shop locally.
Harness, carabiner, transceiver, snow-shovel and avalanche probe can be provided by OnTop. Please bring your own equipment if you have it.
Temperatures in the Canadian Rockies vary hugely. Early season (December – February) temps can drop as low as –30C overnight, whereas in spring (mid-March – May) it can warm up to above freezing temps and overnight lows are not usually below –10C. The list is meant as a guide line, but we realize that our guests have their clothing priorities and substituting certain items with other equivalent pieces of clothing might be a valid alternative. If you do so, you should discuss it with your guide in the pre-trip briefing.
• Wind and waterproof (Gore Tex or similar) shell jacket with hood
• Wind and waterproof (Gore Tex or similar) over pants
• Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore Tex or similar)
• Wind and waterproof over pants (Gore Tex or similar)
• Warm pants (insulated / fleece/ polypro)
• Fleece or wool pullover or jacket
• Medium weight fleece shirt
• Capilene, fleece or wool underwear, top and bottoms
• 2 Pairs of gloves (lightweight and heavier weight)
• Scarf or neck gaiter
• Socks: thick (wool) outer and thinner liners
• Wool or fleece hat, covering the ears
• Gaiters (unless pants lock tightly to your boots or ski pants have integrated gaiters)
• Sun hat, preferably with wide rim
• Bandana (optional)
3. Hotel lodging
• Spare underwear, socks
• Swim trunks for hot tub
• Shoes for hotel
4. Hut lodging (if hut nights are included in the program)
• Down vest or light insulated jacket (optional)
• Light stuff sacs or zip lock bags to keep your backpack organized (optional)
• Sleeping bag and stuff sac (should be a “three-season sleeping bag). Expect hut temperatures to be below freezing overnight.
• Ear plugs (Optional)
• Very light hut slippers / down booties (optional – socks or boot liners work too)
5. Other items
• Sun Glasses (with very good UV protection, extra pair is a good idea), goggles
• Sun screen and lip protection
• Water bottle, preferably insulated, minimum volume: 1 liter or camelbak (if too cold, bladder tube might freeze up!)
• Head lamp with spare battery and bulb
• Blister kit (optional)
• Snacks (candy bars, dried fruit, sandwiches, nuts, etc.)
• Personal items (Prescription medicine, extra contact lenses and maintenance equipment, extra pair of prescription glasses etc.)
• Pocket knife or leatherman tool
• (Health) insurance documents
• Zip-lock bag for wallet and documents to keep them dry (recommended)
• Camera, spare films, batteries (optional)
• Compass, maps and GPS (optional)
• Ski wax / skin wax (optional)
- Up to 8 hrs/day on skis
- All levels!
- Light day packs
- Some glaciated terrain
- Steep tree runs!
Dec. 2 – 6, 2016
Dec. 22 – 26, 2016
Dec. 26 – 30, 2016
Jan. 5 – 9
Feb. 2 – 6
Mar. 3 – 7
Dec. 2 – 6, 2016
Jan. 26 – 30
Mar. 3 – 7
Mar. 17 – 21
Mar. 31 – Apr. 4
Custom Trips any time and duration!
$460 / day (1 person)
$560 / day (2 people)
$600 / day (3 people)
$660 / day (4 people)
Multi-Day trips with hut nights will incur additional costs
Includes: Guide fee
Extras: Guide driving costs, Equipment Rental (please enquire), GST