Trip Dates

Custom tours available on demand January through April

Price

Cost is based on guide to guests ratio 1:6 $137.50 1:5 $152,1:4 $173.50, 1:3 $210, 1:2 $282.50, 1:1 $500 plus 5% tax. Hut based programs depends on ratio/add on's for 3 to 5 day program

Group Size

Maximum 5 or 6 guests/guide

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced

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Ski Mountaineering

Lake Louise Ski Tours

Ski Touring in the heart of the Canadian Rockies...

Located in the heart of Banff National Park, the town of Lake Louise is surrounded by the stunning Canadian Rockies. Famous for its well-preserved natural beauty, this area also offers some fantastic alpine and glaciated ski touring with possible ski mountaineering ascents.

Due to the cold temperatures and a long winter season, It is best to visit this area from mid Winter to late Spring. Whether you are interested in ski touring or ski mountaineering, Summit Mountain Guides offers various day & multi-day programs in this area from February to mid May.

Itinerary

A typical ski touring days in the Canadian Rockies is long, arduous and rewarding. Depending on the tour selection, we will on average ski between 4000 and 6000 vertical feet (up and down!) per day. Below you will find a sample itinerary for day backcountry ski touring in the Canadian Rockies. This itinerary is bound to change as the weather, daylight hours & avalanche conditions evolve during the season.

Sample Day Ski Touring itinerary:

  • Meet your guide at 7:30 am at predetermined location, sign waivers and check gear
  • Drive to ski touring destinations
  • Enjoy a full day of backcountry ski touring with lunch in the mountains
  • Back from last run one hour before sunset.
  • Celebrate and start again the next day!

Here are some Canadian Rockies classic day trips:

  • Bow Summit area: Observation Mountain, Cirque Peak, Crowfoot Mountain, Mount Jimmy Simpson, Dolomite Pass & Mosquito creek area.
  • Lake Louise area : Fairview Mountain, Suprise Pass, Mount Hector, Popes Shoulder & Divide creek.
  • Yoho park & Field area: Mount Field, Mount Ogden, Cathedral Mountain.
  • Kootenay parkway area: Storm Mountain, The Burn.

Prerequisites

This is an intermediate to advanced ski touring program. Prior day backcountry ski touring experience with a minimum of intermediate downhill skills is required. Guests are responsible to self evaluate their skills as groups need to be matched together based on prior experience and ability.  Please contact us to discuss your background and what kind of tour would suit you best.

Equipment

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Weather

The Rocky Mountain weather is generally cold and dry.  In winter you expect temperatures to be from -25C to –10C in the day while in spring daily temperatures could rise to zero.  Visibility may be poor or whiteout conditions when snowing heavily or clear on bluebird days.  Ensure you are dressed for all variations as temperatures, wind and precipitation can change within the day. 

Location

The Ski Touring objectives on this trip are located in Banff and Yoho National Parks. For Day & multi-Day trips, suitable accommodation can be found at Lake Louise, in Field and in Golden. The town of Lake Louise is the ideal base location. For overnight backcountry trips, it is possible to stay in a backcountry cabin. The Alpine Club of Canada maintains a few well located mountain huts in Banff and Yoho National Parks.

You will be meeting with your guide the evening before the trip starts for a final gear check. We will go over last minute changes (weather & avalanche conditions) and logistic for the following day(s). We will also sign a liability waiver.

Services Included

  • Pre-trip planning support
  • Fully certified IFMGA guide and /or ACMG Ski guide service
  • Group safety equipment (communication device, rescue kit, first aid supplies, GPS, maps)

Not included in price:

  • Personal ski and avalanche safety equipment
  • Meals, lunches & accommodation while on the trip
  • gst tax
  • National Park visitor pass
  • Lifts fees to access the backcountry if applicable
  • Trip cancellation, adventure travel insurance, medical insurance
  • Hut based programs, additional charges for guide wage, guide(s) pre-night hotel stay ,  hut fee, wilderness fee, guide food, guest backcountry meals, 2nd guide costs, admin costs depending on level of organization involved

FAQ

Where can I rent Ski touring and safety equipment?

Summit Mountain Guides has a limited amount of winter safety equipment available for rental. Contact us for availability. Here are a few outdoor stores in Canmore, Banff, Lake Lousie & Golden that supply good service, quality outdoor equipment and gear rental. Please ensure you rent gear well in advance.

Canmore:

Valhalla Pure Outfitters: (403) 678-5610 www.shop.vpo.ca

Banff:

Monod Sports: (403) 762-4571 www.monodsports.com

Lake Louise:

Wilson Mountain Sports: (866) 929-3636 www.lakelouisewilsons.com

Golden:

Selkirk Source for Sports: (250) 344-2966

Skis, Telemark or Split Boards?

Which should you use? If you are a downhill skier then you should use Alpine Touring gear. Only if you are already an advanced Telemark skier or Snowboarder should you bring Telemark or Split Board gear. All types of gear can be rented prior to your day trip.  There are three types of backcountry systems you can use:

Alpine Touring skis are essentially downhill skis with a special touring binding which allows the heel to lift whilst going uphill or across the flats and then ‘locks down’ to become a regular downhill safety binding. We recommend this system to anyone with a background of downhill skiing who is not already an advanced telemark skier. 

Telemark skis. These should only be used for this program if you are at least an advanced-intermediate telemark skier with some backcountry experience. This system is more difficult and less forgiving than the others.

Snowboarding with a Split Board is the most effective way to snowboard in the back country. We recommend this system to advanced snowboarder over snowshoeing.