Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
We will meet at Lake Louise, typically at 4 pm. We will go over weather and avalanche conditions and we will sign a liability waiver.
After an early start, we will drive from Lake Louise to our trail head, at the toe of the Athabasca Glacier. We will then ski up the glacier and across the Columbia icefields to our high camp
We will use the best possible window of opportunity to ascend Mount Columbia, depending on the weather, conditions and participants.
*We may ski out after our attempt on day 2 or day 3, depending on timing and conditions.
HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest international airport for this trip is Calgary. From there to our meeting location in Lake Louise it is a 2.5 hour drive. From Lake Louise to the trail head it is another 1.5 hour by vehicle. We will access this pristine mountain wilderness area by vehicle from highway 93 North between Lake Louise and Jasper.
If you are a downhill skier then you should use Alpine touring gear. Only if you are already an advanced Telemark skier should you use Telemark gear.
The Rocky Mountain weather is generally cold and dry. In winter you expect temperatures to be from -25C to –10C in the day while in spring daily temperatures could rise to zero. Visibility may be poor or whiteout conditions when snowing heavily or clear on bluebird days. Ensure you are dressed for all variations as temperatures, wind and precipitation can change within the day.
I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.
The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.
The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!
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