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Wapta Icefields Lite – 3 Dayshh

On route to the glacierThe perfect introduction to backcountry glacier skiing! Based from the Bow Hut on the Wapta Icefields, participants learn safe glacier travel techniques and avalanche safety. Look forward to plenty of powder skiing, and reaching the summit of a peak in the area.

What a great way to spend a long weekend! Prior backcountry skiing experience is not necessary, but participants must be strong intermediate skiers and in good physical condition.




Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Meet in Canmore; drive to trailhead and ski to Bow Hut. (A safety talk and avalanche transceiver exercise will be done on route.)

Day 2 – Ski on Bow Glacier; possible ski ascent of Mt. Olive or Mt. Gordon.

Day 3: Short ski tour in the morning. Ski back to valley bottom by mid afternoon and return to Canmore by early evening.

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March 17-19, 2007

If these dates do not fit your schedule please contact Mountain Ascents Canada to arrange a private trip. Normal trip length range sfrom 3 to 6 days.


$510.00 Cdn plus 7% GST (includes food, accommodation and guiding service).

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Car pool from Canmore to the trailhead at Bow Lake (approximately a two-hour drive).

Meeting Place

We will meet on April 4th, 2006 at 7:00 am MST at the Rocky Mountain Ski Chalet. This hotel is clean and comfortable, and offers competative rates. For your convenience, we recommend you spend the night prior to the trip at this hotel.

Click here for link to Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge.

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We will stay at alpine huts run by the Alpine Club of Canada. These huts have dorm-style bunks, propane lights and propane stoves. Sleeping mattresses and all cookware are provided. These huts are rustic but comfortable.


Prior backcountry ski experience is not necessary, but participants must be strong intermediate skiers and in good physical condition.

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Gear List

What to bring:

medium-weight pile pants
medium-weight pile shirt
heavy-wight pile coat
Gore-tex coat
sleeping bag
Gore-tex pants
toilet bag
insulated gloves (two pair)
socks (two pair)
water bottle
sun hat
ear plugs
hut booties
avalanche tranceiver
hut clothes
small towel

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What Type of Skis Are Best?

The type of terrain that we will ski is termed "ski mountaineering." Although we will not necessarily ski really steep runs, we will ski on glaciers and steeper slopes to the top of ski-able mountain runs, and in snow conditions ranging from perfect powder to wind crust. It is important that everyone has appropriate ski equipment. There are two types of skis that are suitable for this trip.

Alpine touring skis with hard-shelled ski touring boots. These are essentially downhill skis with a special touring binding that allows you to walk uphill, and then lock your heel in place for downhill turns.

Backcountry telemark skis with a sturdy (either leather or hard-shelled) boot. If you have not telemarked before but are an intermediate-level downhill skier, then the alpine touring skis would be best for you.

With either type of ski you require climbing skins that will allow you to walk up hill – ski grip wax will not work in this type of terrain. If you require rental equipment (skis, boots, skins), we can help arrange this in Canmore.

Avalanche Rescue Gear – Tranceivers, shovels and probes will be provided; however, if you have your own please feel free to bring them.

Gear Rental Shops – Click here for a link to a recommended gear rental shop in the Canmore area.

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