Rogers Pass, Glacier National Park, B.C.

Choose from:

• 5-day ski touring week
• Custom trip
• 2-day CAA Avalanche Course AST 1
• 4-day CAA Avalanche Course AST 2

Rogers Pass Highlights

  • Best road-accessed ski touring in North America
  • 10 m / 33 ft average snowfall per year
  • 500 m – 1,700 m vertical ski tours
  • Excellent tree skiing on low visibility days
  • Glacier skiing, summits possible
  • Several lodging options

Rogers Pass in B.C.’s Selkirk Range does not require any introduction for ski touring aficionados in North America. Easily accessible by car or public transportation on the Trans-Canada Highway in about four hours from Calgary, Rogers Pass offers some of the finest powder skiing in the world! Situated on the crest of the Selkirks, the area is blessed with an average of 10 meters / 33 feet of fluffy snow each winter. Come to enjoy the champagne powder or join one of our avalanche courses, during which you will ski unbelievable powder and earn your CAA AST 1 or AST 2 certification.

Vertical gain can be up to 1,700 m / 5,600 feet right out the car door. Countless runs in steep trees at lower elevations and heavily glaciated alpine terrain above make for great options every day depending on weather and snow stability. We will be based in Revelstoke (approximately 45-60 minute drive west), Golden (approximately 45-60 minute drive east), or we can opt to spend nights in the backcountry at the ACC Asulkan or A.O. Wheeler huts.

Itinerary

Itineraries will vary from group-to-group and will depend on mountain conditions and client abilities. Your guide and the group will decide the itinerary on a day-to-day basis.

Detail and Logistics

Meeting Point

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.

Climate/Weather

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.

Curriculum

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!

Private Guiding:
– 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!


Rogers Pass Gear List as Downloadable .PDF


 

Technical Equipment
Bring the following, or rent from Gear Up or Calgary MEC.

 Alpine touring (or telemark*) skis and ski boots
 Collapsible, lightweight ski poles
 Climbing skins (stick-on), fitted to your skis
 Ski crampons (required for trips in March, April, and May)

*Only bring telemark skis if you are an advanced telemark skier with backcountry experience.

If you do not have one or more of the following items, you can rent them from the above retailers or from OnTop ($100 for the avalanche safety items, $50 for the harness and carabiner). Please book in advance.

 Avalanche transceiver (modern, 3-antenna, 475 Megahertz)
 Lightweight snow shovel
 Avalanche probe (two to three meters long)
 Harness for glacier travel
 One locking carabiner

Bring the following:

 Daypack (35-45 liters). A larger pack will be required if we overnight at a backcountry hut. You will also have to carry some group gear.
 Crevasse rescue equipment, if you are familiar with it (Prusik cords, webbing, pulleys, auto-locking device). Your guide will bring a full set
 Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
 Spare parts specific to your equipment

Clothing
Temperatures in the western Canadian mountains vary hugely. Between December and February, temperatures can be well below 0°C during the day and drop as low as –30°C overnight. Between March and May, it can be above freezing during the day with overnight lows not normally going below –10°C. Having several clothing layering options is important.

 Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or similar)
 Wind and waterproof over-pants (Gore-Tex or similar)
 Warm pants (eg. lined Schoeller fabric)
 Thick fleece or wool pullover, or PrimaLoft jacket
 Medium weight fleece shirt
 Thin synthetic or wool underwear, top and bottoms
 Two pairs of gloves (lightweight and heavier weight)
 Scarf or neck gaiter (eg. Buff)
 Socks (synthetic or wool, thick outer and thin liners)
 Wool or fleece hat that covers your ears
 Gaiters that fit over your ski boot (unless pants seal tightly to your boots)
 Sun hat, preferably with a wide rim
 Bandana (optional)

Lodging comforts

 Spare underwear and socks
 Light down jacket or vest
 Three-season sleeping bag with stuff sack, if we are staying overnight at a hut. Sleeping rooms are unheated in the huts.
 Earplugs (optional)
 Light hut slippers or Crocs (optional – socks or ski boot liners work too)
 Toiletries (keep to a bare minimum – the huts have minimal washing facilities)
 Full set of toiletries, swimsuit, town clothes and footwear for the lodging in Revelstoke or Golden

Other items

 Sunglasses with high UV protection
 Ski goggles with high UV protection
 Sunscreen and lip protection with high SPF
 One-liter water bottle with an insulator. Water bladders not recommended
 Thermos (optional)
 Headlamp with spare battery
 Lunch and snacks (eg. sandwiches, candy bars, dried fruit, nuts, etc.)
 Personal first aid kit and other needs (eg. blister kit, prescription medicine, anti-inflammatory, contact lenses, prescription glasses, etc.)
 Pocket knife (optional)
 (Health) insurance documents
 Rain cover specific to your pack, or large plastic bag
 Light stuff sacs or Ziploc bags to keep your backpack organized and important items dry (optional)
 Camera, spare batteries (optional)
 Compass, maps, GPS (optional)
 Ski wax / skin wax (optional)

Additional items, if you are taking an avalanche course

 Waterproof notebook (eg. Rite in the Rain) and waterproof pen or #2 pencil
 Avulator 2 card (if you have)
 Snow saw (if you have)
 Snow study kit (if you have)
 Compass with clinometer (if you have)
 Snow thermometer (if you have)

DIFFICULTY
  • 6-8 hours per day on skis
  • Intermediate to advanced skiers
  • Light day packs on day trips
  • Glaciated terrain and summits possible
  • Steep, widely-spaced tree runs!
2019 DATES

Custom trips — any dates and duration!

Please inquire about confirmed custom trips. We can often team up individuals to share costs.

PRICES from

Day Trips:
$460 / day (1 person)
$580 / day (2 people)
$620 / day (3 people)
$680 / day (4 people)

Multi-day trips with hut nights will incur additional costs

Includes: Guide Fee
Extras: Guide driving costs $60 unless guests can provide transport from Revelstoke or Golden, equipment rental, 5 % GST