The Wapta Traverse - Required Equipment List

You will require the following Equipment for our Wapta Traverse Programs at Cloud Nine Guides

Items in BLUE are available from Cloud Nine Guides on request



  • AT Skis or Splitbord + Climbing Skins *Please see special note below re: rental equipment
  • Poles
  • Boots
  • Ski Crampons
  • Avalanche Tranciver

  • Avalanche Probe

  • Avalanche Shovel - Metal, no plastic blades please

  • Lightweight Ice Axe

  • Backpack - 55L to 65L should be sufficient depending on the bulk of your personal items. ie: sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Ski Goggles + Spare Lenses
  • Water Bottle 1L
  • Thermos Bottle ~750ml
  • Small Leatherman Type Multitool with driver bits fit to your bindings (optional)
  • Sleeping Bag rated between -10˚C & -15˚C should be suitable. Down insulation is preferable.

  • Headlamp with fresh batteries + spares
  • Insulate Booties or Hut Footwear


Personal Items & Blister Prevention

  • Personal Toiletries and Medications - Keep these to a bare minimum, we're all going to smell the same up there!
  • Ear Plugs
  • iPod / Kindle
  • ​Roll of white athletic tape
  • Band Aids
  • Tensor Bandage
  • SPF 60+ Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with SPF
  • Personal Medications
  • Blister Prevention (Padded & Medicated Gel Type Bandages, Hypafix, Leukotape)
  • Anti Inflamitories
  • Antihistamines
  • Camera + Batteries and Spares



  • Wool or Synthetic base layers - top and bottom (multiple pairs is ok, usually around 150-200g/m2 in weight is ideal)
  • Midweight Layers - synthetic or wool is fine
  • Warm Hat / Toque
  • Buff Style Headwear / Neck Tube
  • Sunhat
  • Soft Shell Pants
  • Soft Shell Jacket
  • Gore Tex Pants
  • Gore Tex Jacket
  • Warm Insulated Jacket - down, or synthetic insulation is best. Think light and packable.
  • Warm Ski Gloves
  • Lightweight Ski Gloves
  • Socks - wool blend is best, no cotton, multiple pairs
  • Casual Clothing for apres ski 



A Note on Rental Equipment

If you are planning to rent skis or splitboard, it is imparitive that you test the fit of the boots and skins to the boards for proper fit yourself. It is not uncommon that rental shops will either mis-match your skins and skis/board and/or not set your DIN for you on your bindings. Please ensure you equipment is good prior to your arrival. If you would like our guides to look over your equipment with you prior to arriving for the traverse, just ask. We're happy to help and take a look.


Rental Shops We Like:

Wilson Mountain Sports - Lake Louise
The staff in this shop is outstanding. They are easy going, personable, and know their stuff. They also happen to have one of the most outstanding selection of AT powder skiing / splitboard rentals available anywhere. Tell them your a friend of Cloud Nine and ask for a 10% discount on your rental package for your Wapta Traverse Trip at Cloud Nine Guides.


Phone: +1 866-929-3636