The Wapta Traverse - 2017 Trips Now Available

The Most Iconic Ski Traverse in Canada

The Wapta Traverse is a high level, hut based ski and splitboard traverse north of the ski town of Lake Louise. During the trip we traverse 40km along the spine of the continental divide over broken glaciers and asthetic ski accessed peaks. This trip commonly takes 6 days to complete. For those with a tighter schedule, we also offer a condensed 4 day package as well.

 

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Alpine Hut based accomodation makes it easy to stay warm and dry throughout the trip, and keeps our packs lighter for the duration. Meals, hut accommodation, and technical equipment (excluding ski and board setups) are included in the cost of booking.

 

The glaciation on the Wapta Icefields is not generally complex (compared to other hut based ski touring weeks), and the difficulties on descent comparable to blue square rated runs at your local resort, making this an excellent choice for those looking for thier first high alpine, multi-day ski adventure. The majority of the quality powder skiing and riding takes place around either the Peyto or Stanley Mitchell huts with numerous ski mountaineering objectives in between. While traveling between huts, we aim to climb and ski from a number of easily accessible summits over 10'000ft, including Mount Saint Nicholas, Mount Olive, Mount Baker, Mount Habel, and Mount Gordon.

 

We offer our Guided Wapta Traverse Programs in either 4 or 6 day trips, though strongly encourage our guests to consider our 6 day option as this allows you to include a stay at the Peyto Hut, an area known for it's higher concentration of longer good quality descents. Join us this season for one of the most classic ski trips in the Canadian Rockies, The Wapta Icefields Traverse. 

 

2016 Wapta Traverse Program Dates:

March 16th - 21st, 2016 (6 Days)

March 17th - 20th, 2016 (4 Days)

April 1st - 6th, 2016 (6 Days)

April 2nd - 5th, 2016 (4 Days)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Is The Wapta Traverse Right For You?

 

This Wapta Traverse requires you to have a reasonable level of hiking fitness, and capable of maintaining moderate output all day long. If you're comfortable skiing blue square runs on the ski resorts in any snow conditions, you will do well on this program. We want to remind our guests that on at least half the days you will be skiing with a medium size/weight overnight pack of ~30-40lbs. If you haven't done this before, it does take some getting used to. Getting out for some practice before the trip will give you an idea of what to expect and how to adjust your technique.

 


What's Included

 

Pricing includes all food, including breakfasts and lunches (note: our traverse programs are priced better than our competition who don't include full meal programs on the trip), and are prepared daily by your guide at the start and end of the day. Guiding Services and Hut Accomodation are also included in the trip cost.

 


Guide to Guest Ratios

 

1:8 - Our ratios on this program are a maximum of 1 Fully Certified IFMGA Mountain Guide or ACMG Ski Guide : 8 Guests. The trip will also employ a tail guide(s), who have obtained at a minimum their CAA Operations Level 1 and have experience with us in high alpine, glaciated terrain. 

* Note: We require a minimum of 2 participants to run this program. 

 


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