5 Day Hut-to-hut Wapta Skiing Traverse From Peyto to Scott Duncan

Join Brent, an IFMGA certified guide, for a 5 day, hut to hut, Wapta skiing traverse that will take you from Peyto to Scott Duncan in the Canadian Rockies.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

5 days

Mountain Range

Rockies

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Dec

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Traverse through the incredible Wapta ice field in the Rockies of Canada.

  • Spend every night in a different hut, from the Peyto to the Scott Duncan hut.

  • Challenge yourself on different ascents and thrilling descents.

 

For 5 exciting days, I would like to guide you on an unforgettable hut to hut skiing traverse in the Wapta ice field.

During this 5 day adventure, you will see all of the beauty of not only the Wapta ice field, but also the Canadian Rockies. You will also get to venture to a number of different huts. Those huts include the Peyto hut, the Bow hut, the Balfour hut and the Scott Duncan hut. Each one of these huts is different in both size and the views they offer. However, you can rest assured that each one will provide you with the comfortable conditions required to give you proper rest for the following day’s ski touring.

Throughout this trip, there are a number of amazing highlights that you will get to see firsthand. Below are just a few examples of those highlights.

  • Petyo lake
  • Peyto glacier
  • Mount Ronda
  • Mount Habel
  • Vulture col
  • Mount St. Nicolas
  • Mount Olive
  • Balfour high col
  • Mount Gordon
  • Sherbrooke lake

During this trip, we will be traversing from 4 to 8 hours per day. We will be covering distances that range from 6 to 15 kilometers per day. And we will be ascending from 150 meters to 1100 meters per day and descending from 300 meters to 1000 meters per day. As a result, it is important that participants on this trip have prior ski touring experience and are in good physical condition.

Immersive, exciting and at times challenging, by the end of this trip at the Wapta ice field you will have a tremendous amount of memories you can look back upon fondly. To be a part of it, just send me a request. I look forward to guiding you.

I also lead a 7 day ski touring trip at the Boulder hut, which also includes an AST2 avalanche skills training course.

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Price per person

 
Group of 4
1275 CAD

Group of 5
1275 CAD

Group of 6
1275 CAD

Group of 7
1275 CAD

Group of 8
1275 CAD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 The price includes the guiding fee, hut fees, backcountry entrance fees, meals and glacier travel equipment, including harness, ropes, crampons and more.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Peyto hut

    After a drive to Peyto lake, we will traverse the iced over lake. Afterwards we will ascent to the morraine ridge, which we will then descend to the Petyo glacier and make our way up to the Peyto hut, where we will spend the night. We will be travelling for approximately 7-8 hours, covering a distance of 10 kilometers with an ascent of 670 meters.

  • Day 2Bow hut

    Today we will descent from the Peyto hut to the Wapta ice field, which we will then traverse on our way to the Bow hut. We will be travelling for approximately 6-7 hours, covering a distance of 6 kilometers with an ascent of 150 meters and descent of 300 meters. There are also optional climbs you can enjoy that would increase all of the aforementioned numbers.

  • Day 3Balfour hut

    Today we will traverse the col between Mount Olive and Mount St. Nicolas on our way to the Balfour hut, where we will spend the night. Depending on conditions, you may be able to ascend and descend Mt. Gordon, Mount St. Nicolas and Mt. Olive. We will be travelling for approximately 4 hours, covering a distance of 7 kilometers with an ascent of 580 meters and descent of 430 meters. However, if you are able to ascend and descend any of the peaks, all of those numbers will increase dramatically.

  • Day 4Scott Duncan hut

    Today will be challenging as we make our way to the Balfour high col. After that, we will descend to the Scott Duncan hut, where we will spend the night. We will be covering a distance of 14 kilometers with an ascent of 1030 meters.

  • Day 5Great Divide Lodge

    On the final day of this trip, we will traverse to the Niles Saddle and descend to the Sherbrooke lake. After crossing the lake, we will then make our way to the Great Divide lodge.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

A predetermined meeting point where we will start the drive to the Peyto lake.

Accommodation

The Peyto hut, the Bow hut, Balfour hut and the Scott Duncan hut.

 

About the Guide

 
 

Based in Canmore, Alberta, I am an IFMGA- and ACMG-certified mountain guide. I also serve in the Canadian Armed Forces and am a founding partner of the Outward Bound Veterans Program.

My mission is for you to learn the skills to be competent and independent in the backcountry. I will break down complex skill sets into individual building blocks for you to learn progressively and confidently. After learning the skills, you will get to practice them in the backcountry with my guidance or that of one of the ACMG-certified guides in my team.

 
 

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