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3-day ski touring on Rogers Pass (Selkirks) in British Colombia, from Seattle

3-day ski touring on Rogers Pass (Selkirks) in British Colombia, from Seattle | Canada

Explore the Selkirk Mountains that stretch across the US and Canada during a 3-day ski tour on Rogers Pass with certified-AMGA guide Matt.

Private and Group

Columbia Mountains

3 Days

Jan - Mar, Dec

Fit

Advanced


Highlights

* Ski the steep and challenging terrain of Rogers Pass in the Selkirks.

* Capture the raw wintry beauty of the American mountainside.

* Benefit from having a certified guide accompanying you.

Description

Home to legendary territory deep in snow, Rogers Pass in the Selkirk Mountains is considered a powder highway that is soaked in endless skiing possibilities.

During this 3-day ski tour we’ll witness peak wintry beauty among the Glacier National Park, just one of seven national parks in British Columbia.

From Seattle we’ll make our way to the trailhead by crossing the border into Canada, before ascending to the Asulkan hut in British Columbia.

The Selkirk mountains are scattered with protected areas home to vibrant wilderness. Mule deer and white-tailed deer, black bears and bobcats, cougars and coyotes all roam the wild.

Bald and golden eagles soar across the skyline punctuated with nearby rugged peaks.

Choosing specific spots to explore can be quite challenging given the great abundance. But they include a tour of 7 Steps of Paradise, a major spot of steep terrain.

The Pterodactyl prominently ascends above the Asulkan hut, teasing skiers onto its steep slopes.

The Sapphire Col is a classic tour in the Asulkan Valley with a depth of skiable lines and breathtaking views.

One of the smoother spots is Asulkan Pass, above the hut and features low-angled slopes. It can be used as the perfect warm up with its low technical difficulty and routes that end back at the hut.

Potential participants are required to have a good level of fitness and high level of skiing experience, because this trip is designed for advanced level skiers.

Get in touch now to reserve your place in the Selkirk Mountains on a 3-day ski touring trip on Rogers Pass, beginning from Seattle.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

All group equipment is included in the price.


Details

More info

Choose 3 days within the following periods: 13-18 December 2019; 13-18 February 2020; or 21-28 March 2020.

Meeting point

Seattle.

About the guide

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Matt

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Ski Guide

I am the founder of BC Adventure Guides, a certified Ski-Mountaineering Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a certified Avalanche Instructor with the American Avalanche Association dedicated to perfecting my craft. I began skiing as disco was dying at New York’s Hunter Mountain, ’The Snow Making Capital of the World’ and a summer ski trip to Mt Hood inspired me years later to move from New York City to Washington State for college and he never looked back.

I let my curiosity for steep, wild snow combine with my passion for travel, and big mountains into guiding, leading trips to Antarctica, Europe, Asia, North & South America.

In an effort to help preserve wild places, I completed my MBA in sustainable business from BGI and started my own company, Back Country Adventure Guides. I now share my passion for snow with my daughter between completing my ‘honey do list’ and enjoying the greatest touring on Earth at Snoqualmie Pass.

Languages

French | English

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What people are saying about this trip

Chris

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Since Explore-Share has asked three times, here goes. We had a quite mixed experience with Matt and BCA at Rogers Pass this early March. The day 1 avalanche search and rescue instruction was thorough and one of the best I have taken. The guiding showed the benefit of having local knowledge. These guides did not have it. They were working in significant part from the Rogers Pass guidebook, which provides quite vague and brief descriptions of potential routes. After seeing the strengths and weaknesses of the team on day 1, on day 2 the guides nevertheless took us uphill in a nasty skintrack steeply up through tight trees for 500+ meters and lasting 4+ hours due to the terrain and group speed. Despite lack of local knowledge, understanding the map and in the first 5 minutes it was clear that this would be an epic and excessively difficult climb for the group. They continued up. Then, from an ~8:30 start, by 1:20 there had only been one food/water break taken / called or suggested. While our 2nd group was awaiting the first group to move forward, when I suggested we were overdue to take in some fuel, guide Matt said, “no please wait, we will break out of the trees soon.” (This proved to be >20 minutes away) after I stated the obvious need and that our group were going to take a break, we had taken a quick bite and re-caught the group in front of us, as I’d predicted. Inadequate group energy management by this guide. I saw no or nearly no skin track corners improvement by the guides, including many challenging ones that the guides blew though. Improving them evidently is standard by BC (British Columbia in this case) guides from my 11 previous ski touring days in the area. Nearly zero efforts to improve corners were observed in this case, despite the day 2 quite rugged skintrack steeply up in tight trees and several beginner kick turning skier or soft-booted splitboarders struggling with the line. (Including sliding backwards / downhill from one switchback to the next) Good instruction by the guides on how to make kick turns, but many of the turns were objectively much more challenging than they needed to be given no improvement made. At least one team member was so (unnecessarily had we had better route selection) gripped and depleted from the climb up that he skied well below his ability on the down. Our group had good trips on the 3rd and 4th day with 2nd guide Sam, who picked appropriate routes for the group and was responsive to requests to further shape the route to the abilities of the group. He found us good snow amid mixed conditions and on appropriate terrain. Safety and terrain stuff, no concerns. Food, dinners and breakfasts (2 each) provided at the hut, included a dinner that was far too skinny and which was nowhere near enough. Chicken quantity instruction was “one spoon (table spoon) per person.” The first dinner was borderline too little as well. Quality was otherwise good. I initiated the trip; and approved a second group to join us; then when we showed up, there was a third group of 4 there in the hut, which we hadn’t heard about until that day. Matt never mentioned any adjustment to the hut fee we had paid and on which this group was coasting or possibly paid him. I write based on some experience. I have had several dozen days in the backcountry with guides (and dozens more in New England and other terrain for which they were not needed), across touring weeks in from huts to snow cave living, to heli-served; to heli and cat skiing across multiple countries and so have many guides and days of experience from which to compare. This was the first really uneven or bad experience. No question, bottom of the list of 7 ski touring guides I have skied with.


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