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

Wapta traverse

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.



1+ Days

Jan, Dec




  • 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

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

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


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.




Bow hut, Guy hut and the Stanley Mitchell hut.

Meeting point

A predetermined meeting point where we will start the drive to the Num-ti jah lodge at Bow lake.

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.





What people are saying about Brent Peters

Laura Butz


August, 2023

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!

Jordan Leidelmeyer


July, 2023

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.

Joyce Lancaster


July, 2023

Brent was competent and I felt had the qualifications to keep us safe rock climbing. But, compared to other guides we have had (one the day before in via ferrata) Brent seemed disinterested in us and was not as engaged in teaching. He fulfilled the requirements, but I would not rebook or recommend based on our experience.

Jonathan Offner


July, 2023

Brent was an amazing guide. Knowledgeable, personable, safe and a great communicator. He communicated very well with us leading up to the trip and executed the trip flawlessly. Id highly recommend Brent if you are looking for an guide in the back country.

Samantha Stambula


June, 2023

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oleg Nikiporets


March, 2023

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Philip Kumpe


February, 2023

We were 3 days with Brent in the mountains. Brent is an excellent guide and knows the mountains very well. We were there where no other people were so we had the mountains to ourselves. So if Brent has time definitely book him we can highly recommend him.

Jacquelin Loving


January, 2023

This week with Brent at the Ymir Lodge was an unforgettable experience. We learned a lot inside the "classroom" and outside on the slopes. We were able to explore the mountain with the new information and test our decision-making in a guided setting. Brent did an amazing job making sure we were fed, stimulated, and safe. His tracks were complimented throughout the week and he really proved his ability to navigate through the terrain when he guided us, on our request, back to civilization instead of taking the helicopter back.

Kathleen Lo


July, 2022

My partner and I had an incredibly memorable day climbing with Brent! His expertise is unparalleled and he tailored our trip based on our abilities. Most importantly, he made sure we were safe and enjoying our climb throughout the day. I look forward to climbing with Brent again and would highly recommend him as a guide for anyone exploring the area!

Joanne Ho


July, 2022

Brent is amazing! It was my first time doing a multipitch and I felt safe under Brent's guidance. Great conversation too. Thank you very much!

Stéphane MOREL


April, 2022

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Barb Campbell


March, 2022

Had a great time with Brent who was so patient and willing to share his abundant knowledge with us. A beautiful area to tour and so accessible, would do again!

Samir Gouin


May, 2021

Had a great time and learned lots!

Yi Lu


July, 2020

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