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Bow-Yoho Traverse, 7-day ski touring in British Columbia

Traverse the great Wapta Icefield with IFMGA-qualified guide Tom during a 7-day Bow Yoho ski touring trip in British Columbia.

Mountain RangeRockies
Duration7 days
Offer periodMar, Apr
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Explore the great glacial wilderness of the Canadian Rockies.

  • Capture the breathtaking scenery along the Bow-Yoho Traverse.

  • Benefit from having a fully-qualified guide taking you through the backcountry.

Description

Packed on top of the Waputik Mountains in the Canadian Rockies is the Wapta Icefield, spreading into both national parks of Banff and Yoho.

The gorgeous glacial scenery offers prime conditions for excellent ski touring, along with its accessible mountain hut system.

For many years now the Wapta Traverse has cultivated a world-class reputation for ski mountaineering. Its great hut connections, ideal terrain for traverses, and simple mountain access have helped foster its international standing.

A close neighbour of Wapta is the Bow-Yoho Traverse, which actually crosses a section of Wapta at a 90-degree angle. Underrated until now, its equally ideal slopes are only just beginning to gain in popularity.

The first crossing of the Bow-Yoho Traverse was in the summer of 1910 by the renowned Austrian guide Conrad Kain.

Bow-Yoho Traverse is a great alternative to the Wapta Traverse. It is safer, more accessible and more comfortable than the Wapta Traverse. It also features the addition of a new hut, the Richard and Louise Guy Hut.

Its ideal location cuts a daunting 12-hour traverse into two short days. It’s also the springboard for explorations of the nearby mountains of the Des Poilus Glacier area, such as Collie, Des Poilus and Yoho Peak. Access to these spots would have previously required exhausting days on the slopes.

Potential participants should be aware that the ski tour includes carrying heavy packs along glacial terrain of elevations of approximately 2,200 meters and 700 meters of verticals. We will also be covering 10-15 kilometers per day on average, approximately 5-7 hours per day.

Get in touch now to reserve your place in the great Canadian Rockies as we head into the mountains for a 7-day ski tour on the Bow-Yoho Traverse.

If you’re curious about the legendary Wapta Traverse, then check out my Classic 5-day ski touring traverse in the Canadian Rockies.

Accommodation

We will spend our first nights at the Bow Hut, two nights at the Guy Hut, and a final two nights at Stanley Mitchell Hut.

More info

Ski mountaineering gear: skis, preferably with tech-style Alpine Touring bindings (150-185cm long and 100mm wide) for powder skiing, ski crampons, climbing skins, ski poles with powder baskets, ski boots, climbing harness, locking carabiners, non-locking biners, prusik cord, 120 cm sewn sling, avalanche transceiver, collapsible avalanche probe, avalanche shovel, backpack (at least 65 litres). Other gear: sunglasses and ski goggles, water bottle (at least 1 litre), thermos, sun block, lip cream, pocket knife, sleeping bag, headlamp with fresh batteries. Clothing: long wool or synthetic underwear, extra warm shirt, medium weight fleece sweater, soft shell or fleece jacket, soft shell pants, insulated jacket, waterproof jacket with hood, waterproof pants, socks, wool or fleece hat, waterproof ski mountaineering gloves or mitts, lightweight ski gloves, neck tube or balaclava, sun hat.

Meeting point

We will meet for dinner at the Truffle Pigs Cafe in Field at 6:00pm.

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About the guide

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Guiding has been my lifelong passion. I have lived in the Rocky Mountains for most of my life, guiding since 1995.

My main focus these days is on running winter ski touring trips at the best heli-accessed ski lodges in British Columbia. This winter I'll be at Selkirk Lodge, Burnie Glacier Chalet, Mount Carlyle Lodge, and Sunrise Lodge -- each lodge providing a very different experience for my guests. While I do like to return, year after year, to my favourite lodges (like Burnie Glacier) I also like to provide new and interesting options for my clients.

When ski season ends here in Western Canada and the rest of my colleagues are putting away their skis for the summer, I will be once again heading to Svalbard in the Arctic for another Ski and Sail trip in May. This is the only trip I still have openings for now -- maybe you would like to join me there?


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Prices per person

Group of 1

CAD 1851 each

Group of 2

CAD 1851 each

Group of 3

CAD 1851 each

Group of 4

CAD 1851 each

Group of 5

CAD 1851 each

Group of 6

CAD 1851 each

Group of 7

CAD 1851 each

Group of 8

CAD 1851 each

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