Ski Traverses

Are you interested in a multi-day backcountry ski touring adventure far from the crowds? Join one of our ski traverses and experience the rewards of skiing through rugged mountain ranges for several days while carrying your home with you. Along the way, you will leave only ski tracks on some of the most remote ice fields, peaks and glaciers in western Canada.  Whether you are interested in a comfortable hut-to-hut experience or an exclusive tent based ski traverse, SMG can provide you with the adventure of a lifetime.

British Columbia is the ultimate destination for multi-day ski traverses. It is blessed with hundreds of relatively remote and snowy mountain ranges providing endless possibilities for the adventurous backcountry skier. SMG offers various ski-traverses ranging from just a few days to weeklong trips. Mid to late winter is the best time for such trips as the snowpack and the weather tend to be more stable. Spring, with its warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours, is the optimal season for a ski traverse. 

Every year SMG offers scheduled ski traverses.  Below you will find a link to the itineraries we offer.  Whether you are looking for a hut to hut or a tent based ski traverse, we have a trip for you. Are you interested in a specific area? Contact us for more details,  we are expert at designing custom trips to fit your skiing background.

Valhalla Traverse

The Valhalla traverse is the ultimate West Kootenay traverse. This committing, 7 day, tent based ski traverse is a challenging trip with big ascents and descents over rugged and remote alpine terrain in the famous Selkirk mountain.

Our itinerary will take you through the heart of Valhalla Provincial Park from the majestic Mulvey Basin along the height of land all the way to Shannon creek near Hills, BC. It is available in March or April when the days are longer, warmer and the snowpack is more stable.

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Bonnington Traverse

A West Kootenay classic! This hut-to -hut tour is a good introduction to ski traverses. It offers fantastic tree skiing, open bowls and sharp ridges along with a reliable snowpack. Along the way, there are plenty of good views from the many ski peaks in the 7000’ (2300m) range.

This 3 to 5 day tour is available from December to April. It is very accessible from either Nelson, Castlegar or Rossland. Due to the slightly lower elevation of this trip and the abundance of good tree skiing along the way, it remains a good option in variable weather & conditions.

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Kokanee Glacier Traverse

This little known gem is our local favorite! It is an interesting 5 day trip and a good introduction to tent based ski-traverses. The highlight includes: fantastic steep ascents and descent, complex but intriguing alpine terrain and beautiful scenery while traveling through the famous Kokanee Glacier Park.

The itinerary of this exciting trip starts with a heli drop near the Kokanee Provincial park boundary. From there we will travel through Kokanee Provincial Park via the Kokanee & Woodbury Glaciers, the Silver Spray Basin and the Cariboo Ridge all the way to Kalso BC. Like the Valhalla traverse this trip is best done in March and April.

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Wapta Ice Fields Traverse

An outstanding ski traverse in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, a must do! This multi-day hut-to-hut ski traverse follows the spine of the Wapta & Wapituk icefields in Banff National Park just west of Lake Louise.

There is plenty of impressive ski touring terrain on this trip; vast glaciers, high alpine vistas and many ski-able summits. We will have the luxury of going to a comfortable new hut every night. While the traditional way of skiing this traverse is from Peyto hut to Sherbrooke lake (North to South), there are many possible variations available. For optimal conditions, this tour is best done between February and April.

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Jumbo Glacier Traverse

An advanced tent based ski traverse at the headwaters of the well named Jumbo & Glacier creeks in the Purcell Mountains. This 7 day trip links together the Horseshoe Glacier, Jumbo Pass, the Starbird Glacier and the Macbeth Icefield in one continuous high-level circuit.

This trip is a real Canadian adventure featuring many fine ski touring summits, a large icefield crossing and several broken glaciers. Many long and fantastic descents and peak bagging opportunities await the most experience ski tourers. For optimal conditions this traverse is best skied in mid April.

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Backcountry Basecamp

This remote, tent based, backcountry trip is ideal for those looking at ski touring in seldom visited terrain far from the crowds. It is an exciting heli access program similar to a ski traverse however, here you will enjoy skiing with a light day pack while touring from a well located camp site. 

This year, our backcountry base camp will be in the Freshfield Icefields near Banff National Park. This area offers exciting glacier and ski mountaineering alpine terrain, numerous high alpine ski peaks along with some tree skiing. Join us on this exclusive adventure and discover a touring paradise while skiing with a small group. The average yearly snowpack in this area exceeds 4 meters!

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