Trip Dates

Custom dates available

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, for 3 or 4 day program, range from $699 to $1025/person

Group Size

Maximum 5 to 6 guests/guide (depending on guest skill/experience)

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced, good fitness and ability to climb (800 m ascents)

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Roger’s Pass Ski Tours

Deservedly well known and yet still full of surprises...

Located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, along highway # 1 between Golden and Revelstoke, Rogers pass is the classic road side ski touring destination in western Canada. It boasts an incredible variety of tours ranging from high-glaciated ascents to fantastic alpine descents along with outstanding tree skiing. 

Roger’s Pass offers a deep and reliable snow pack along with relatively easy access. There are countless unique venues in the many ski touring accessible valleys nearby.This world-class venue must be experience by everyone who enjoys backcountry skiing.

Every winter season, from mid-December to April, Summit Mountain Guides offers day to multi-day ski touring trips at Rogers Pass. Because this destination is road accessible, it is possible to do various trip length. To fully appreciate this extensive ski touring mecca, we recommend a minimum of 3 to 4 days. 

Itinerary

A typical ski touring days at Rogers Pass 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 Rogers Pass. 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 Rogers Pass classic day trips:

  • Connaught Creek area: Grizzly Shoulder, Balu Pass, 8812 peak, Little Sifton & Hermit Meadows.
  • Illecilleweat Glacier area: Avalanche crest, Sir Donald Col, Perly rocks, North Terninal peak, Lookout notch & Youngs peak.
  • Asulkan Valley area: Dome glacier,  Asulkan glacier, Sapphire col, Asulkan pass & Youngs peak.
  • Loop Brook area: Lily glacier, Bonney glacier & Bonney trees.
  • Bostock Creek area: Bostock pass, Farm pass, McGill pass, McGill shoulder & Ursus creek.

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

Day_Ski_Touring_Equipment_List.pdf

Weather

The Selkirk Mountain weather can vary drastically.  In winter you expect temperatures to be from -20C to –7C in the day while in spring daily temperatures could rise above 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

This trip is based at Rogers Pass in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Rogers Pass is a high mountain pass in South Eastern British Columbia along HWY #1. It is 1hr drive East of Revelstoke and 1 & 1/2 hr drive West of Golden. For Day & multi-Day trips, suitable accommodation can be found at Rogers Pass, in Revelstoke and in Golden. 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 Glacier National Park.

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:

  • Lunch, snacks or main meals if on overnight trip
  • GST 5% tax
  • Personal ski touring boots, skis, skins or splitboard
  • personal avalanche safety equipment *SMG rentals available $25/day for beacon ($15), shovel ($5) & probe ($5)
  • Transportation to touring location
  • any overnight Wilderness Passes if at Wheeler Hut or Asulkan
  • National Park visitor pass for vehicle
  • additional charges due to changes in itinerary or ski location, guest must cover also additional guide costs (extra travel/accom/food expense)
  • 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 Nelson, Revelstoke and Golden that supply good service, quality outdoor equipment and gear rental. Please ensure you rent gear well in advance.

Nelson:

Rivers Oceans and Mountains: (250) 354-2056 www.roamshop.com
Valhalla Pure Outfitters: (250) 354-1006 www.shop.vpo.ca
Gericks: (250) 354-4622 www.gericks.com

Revelstoke:

Valhalla Pure Outfitters: (250) 837 5517 www.shop.vpo.ca

Golden:

180 Mountain Sports: (250)344-4699 www.180golden.com
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.