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.
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
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!
This list is for Rogers Pass ski touring or custom Rogers Pass trips. If you are taking an avalanche course, please use the gear list on the Avalanche Course pages.
Bring the following, or rent it (see ‘Trip Info Links’ at the bottom of this page):
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 listed retailers or from OnTop. Please book in advance.
Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver
Lightweight snow shovel
Avalanche probe (two to three meters long)
Harness for glacier travel
One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
Bring the following:
Daypack (35-45 litres). 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
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
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.
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
Sunglasses with high UV protection
Ski goggles with high UV protection
Sunscreen and lip protection with high SPF
One-litre water bottle with an insulator. Water bladders not recommended
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 and travel insurance documents
Light stuff sacs or Ziploc bags to keep your backpack organized and important items dry (optional)
Rain cover specific to your pack, or large plastic bag
Camera, spare batteries (optional)
Compass, maps, GPS (optional)
Ski wax / skin wax (optional)
Hand sanitizer or sanitary hand wipes
Client / Guides
Min 3, max 8 clients
TRIP INFO LINKS
- Avalanche Canada
- Revelstoke, BC Weather
- Golden, BC Weather
- Glacier National Park and Winter Permit System
- Glacier National Park Avalanche Bulletin
- GearUp Sport equipment rentals, Canmore
- Avalanche Safety Solutions, Golden
- Higher Grounds Sports, Golden
- Powder Rentals, Revelstoke
- MEC equipment rentals, Calgary
- 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!
Custom trips — any dates and duration!
Please inquire about confirmed custom trips. We can often team up individuals to share costs.
$500 / day (1 person)
$600 / day (2 people)
$650 / day (3 people)
$700 / day (4 people)
Multi-day trips with hut and/or hotel nights will incur additional costs
Includes: Guide’s Fee
Extras: Guide driving costs $60 unless guests can provide transport from Revelstoke or Golden, equipment rental, 5 % GST