Join Jeff, an IFMGA certified guide, on this 1-day weekday ski touring adventure in Lake Louise.
Jan - Apr
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Based on 14 reviews
Offered from November 1st to May 31st. We depart every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
On this adventure, you will discover the backcountry surrounding the Lake Louise, Kananaskis Country, Highway 93 South, and Highway 93 North areas. We will learn powder and ski touring efficiency, as well as help you achieve your backcountry ski goals, always making both safety and fun a priority.
When it comes to off-piste skiing, it is important that participants are in good physical condition. It is also good to have some prior experience, as that will open up more challenging spots for you.
So, would you like to ski on some world-class slopes this winter? Then send us a request and we can enjoy a unique weekday out in the world-famous Lake Louise pow! You can also join us for full-weekend tours.
- Guiding fee
The price does not include food, accommodations, transportation and avalanche gear, this can be rented for $25.00/ day.
Secure your spot with just 25% payment
48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking
Participants should bring their own skiing equipment, as well as proper skiing attire. If you do not own your own equipment, there are places to rent it.
* Skis, 160 - 185cm mid-fat to fat ski with rocker tip for powder and spring snow * Splitboard * Climbing skins * Ski Poles/ split borders too * Ski boots / snowboard boots * Avalanche beacon with fresh batteries * Snow shovel * Avalanche probe * Daypack, 35-45 L * Sunglasses and ski goggles * Sun block & lip cream * Pocket knife * Headlamp with fresh batteries * Small Blister & 1st-Aid Kit * -7 sleeping bag, if staying in hut or hostel * Camera * Personal Toilet Items * If tour is glaciated: * Lightweight climbing harness for glacier travel, * 3 locking carabiners, 2 non locking carabiners * 2 4-6 m long 6mm cord, 1 sewn sling * Polypro underwear (top & bottom) * Warm pants (nylon blend, insulated or fleece)Warm shirts (not cotton) * Medium weight fleece sweater * Fleece Jacket * Light insulated jacket or vest * Waterproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or nylon) * Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex or nylon, with side zippers) * Socks x 2 * Wool or fleece hat * Waterproof ski gloves or mitts * Neck tube / balaclava * Sunhat * Casual clothing to wear in the hut, t-shirt
Is this a resort based tour?
No, this program is based in the Lake Louise area, but does not start at the resort.
Is there a minimum number needed to run the course?
Yes, we need at least four sign-ups to run this course.
Is the equipment included?
No, you will have to rent your touring setup (Skis, skins, and poles) from a gear rental house. Alpine Air Adventures can rent out avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, and probe) by request.
How long is the day?
This program typically starts at 8:00 am and runs till 3-4:00 pm.
Can I splitboard?
Yes, we encourage skiing and splitboarding.
What is NOT included in the price?
The price does not cover expenses for food, lodging, transportation, or avalanche gear rental, which is available at a rate of $25.00 per day.
Do I need to bring equipment of my own?
You should bring your own skiing equipment and appropriate skiing attire. If you do not have your own gear, rental options are readily available.
Can I join a group?
You can join a group on the specified dates.
Where will we meet at the start of our trip?
We'll meet at the Lake Louise ski resort.
What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?
Alpine Air Adventures is an independent mountain guiding business run by Jeff Bullock. I am a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide, with my training and certification through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and the Canadian Avalanche Association.
We specialize in outdoor Banff adventures including: rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, avalanche courses and improvised rope rescue courses.
Based out of Banff, Alberta, Canada in the heart of the rugged Canadian Rocky Mountains, Alpine Air offers everything mountain. My main emphasize is to offer safe and unforgettable Banff adventures to my guests. With the allure of the mountains right at my doorstep I am always keen to take on any adventure and I am excited to have you along. Contact me to begin organizing your dream mountain ascent or descent.
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Our guide was Jason (not Jeff) and although he was a great guy, he appeared to not be very familiar with the location in which we skied. I was also surprised by the fact that he never asked us about our skiing abilities or the type of terrain we hoped to ski. Due to the avalanche conditions and snow cover, we were in terrain where the trees were too tight to ski and so we skied down an avalanche path (with minimal hazard from above) that was quite steep with a lot of exposed vegetation and small cliff bands. For two of the three of us, this terrain was at the edge of our comfort zones and so the ski down was not very enjoyable. Afterwards, I couldn't help wondering if we had been asked about our interests and skiing level, if we might have found lower angle terrain with a less dense forest cover. Having said all this, once Jason realized I was in a place I was not happy about, he was very attentive to assisting me through the terrain. In summary, the three of us paid a lot of money for a ski tour that was not great and we wondered whether it should have been cancelled if this was the best terrain to be found given the conditions.
The back country is just over that ridge - just right there. You need a guide to access it safely though, and Jeff knew exactly where to go and what to do to create a fantastic - first time splitboarding experience for me. I've been to Lake Louise so many times, now I've seen a little of what is AROUND Lake Louise and my mind has been expanded. Will be back for more adventure for sure!
Really enjoyed our time with our guide, Troy. 5/5 Experience! Highly recommend.
Guide was actually Tamara from Alpine Air Adventures. Wonderful fun day!
This was a truly exceptional tour - our guide Mike was knowledgeable about the area, all safety requirements/precautions and was a pleasure to spend the day with. The team were able to accommodate different experience and skill levels in a way that didn't make more experienced group members feel held back at all and had newer skiers feel supported. Despite the lack of snow this season we were still able to find plenty of fresh lines and had a spectacular day!
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