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Alternative Wapta Traverse, 4 Days, Skiing from Bow to Yoho

Experience an alternate Bow - Yoho ski touring adventure in the Wapta ice field area in the Rockies of British Columbia, Canada with IFMGA certified guide Brent.






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Jan, Dec






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  • Spend 4 days traversing the famed Wapta ice field in British Columbia, Canada.
  • Spend the night in a different hut, including the Bow, Guy and Stanley Mitchell.
  • Enjoy a number of amazing descents and views throughout the trip.


A lesser known version of the Wapta ice field traverse, the Bow – Yoho route goes from east to west, and is full of tremendous highlights.

Located in the Rockies of British Columbia, Canada, the Wapta ice field is an incredible spot definitely worth a visit. The collection of glaciers and cols will give any visitor a clear view as to what makes the area so enchanting. Moreover, there are a number of amazing ski mountaineering summits that you can enjoy. Some of those peaks include Mont des Poilus, Mount Gordon, Mount St. Nicolas and the Presidents. Thus making this trip ideal for those looking for a great ski touring opportunity.

Another great aspect to this trip is that you will be staying in a different, mountain hut along the way. Those huts include the Bow hut, the Guy hut and the historic Stanley Mitchell hut, which was built back in 1940. Each one of these huts will give you a comfortable place to rest and recuperate. Also, the areas around the huts are full of fantastic descends that you can enjoy to your heart’s content.

Due to the rugged nature of the Wapta ice field, and the distances we will cover during this trip, it is important that participants are in good physical condition. It is also necessary that participants are able to ski tour at an intermediate or higher level.

A must for anybody who loves the winter landscape of the Canadian west, the Wapta ice field is unforgettable. And the lesser known Bow – Yoho route is a wonderful way to enjoy it. To experience it for yourself, just send me a request.

I can also lead you on the Peyto hut to Scott Duncan hut 5 day Wapta traverse as well.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

The price includes the guiding fee, hut fees, backcountry entrance fees, meals and glacier travel equipment, including harness, ropes, crampons and more.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Bow Hut

We will drive to the Num-ti jah lodge at Bow lake. From there, we will cross the frozen lake and venture up the canyon toward the Wapta ice field, until we reach the Bow hut, where we will spend the night.  For those who have the extra energy, there is the opportunity to summit peaks like Mount Gordon or Mount Nicolas. We will be travelling for approximately 3-5 hours, covering a distance of 7 kilometers with an ascent of 450 meters.

Day 2: Guy Hut

We will traverse the Wapta ice field by way of the Gordon – Rhonda pass on our way to the Guy hut, where we will spend the night. We will be travelling for approximately 6-8 hours, covering a distance of 11 kilometers with an ascent of 950 meters.

Day 3: Stanley Mitchell hut

Today we will pass through Isolated col, before enjoying a great descent to the Stanley Mitchell hut, where we will spend the night. There are also several peaks you can ascend and descend if you have the energy. Those peaks include Mount des Poilus, Isolated peak and Mount MacArthur. We will be covering a distance of 8 kilometers with an ascent of 350 meters.

Day 4: Emerald Lake or Takakkaw Falls

After skiing on the slopes around the Stanley Mitchell hut, we will make our way to either Emerald lake or Takakkaw falls.

About the guide: Brent

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Mountain 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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What people are saying about Brent



Admin was efficient for paying Communications were hit and miss. Took too long to answer questions about the day / route etc. We were beginners and the guide chose a route that was too challenging. One member of group dropped out the day before. The requested refund never even got a reply about. Let alone confirmation



Great guide, found us snow in the driest of year



Brent is an excellent guide. He was stoked to be able to share his mountain environment with others. Unfortunately he had damaged his knee so arranged for another local guide to take me out for the day. Ethan was also exceptional. Brent got in contact to ensure my day was tailored to me my experience and to ensure I got the most out of the day. I was without a car so Brent picked me up and dropped me off I had a great morning in the mountains learning new techniques for multi pitch routes and then spent the afternoon working on my trad gear placement and anchor building. Excellent instruction on gear placement and rating it. We fitted so much into the day. But always with an inclusive teaching style. I can’t recommend them enough. Both guides passionately sharing their knowledge and teaching skills, keen for their clients to learn to be more independent safer and capable in the mountains.



Brent was amazing! He gave me a great experience, taught me new techniques, made me feel safe, and catered my experience to exactly what I wanted. This was by far my favorite part of my whole vacation to the area!



Brent taught us to lead climb at a local crag. It was a great time and I’d recommend it to anyone regardless of climbing skill level. He’s open to teaching or guiding wherever you want to go.

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