Backcountry Skiing

Join our ACMG guides on a safe and fun backcountry ski trip and experience some of the best powder runs, or on a hut-to-hut ski tour on the Wapta Traverse.


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Ski Louise Backcountry

Access the Lake Louise Ski Resort backcountry via the lifts to safely explore some of the best powder—all with an ACMG certified guide. This is perfect for those who want to backcountry ski/splitboard without all the climbing. There are many route options from Summit Platter or Larch Express chair lifts—Pumpkin bowl/Purple bowl with Lapalian summit or the National Geographics to the White Rabbit area....let’s just call them local’s secrets. Our ACMG guide can provide instruction for those wanting to accelerate their backcountry ski skills. Prerequisite: downhill skiing or boarding experience, good physical condition. Includes: ACMG guide, lift ticket.

Rogers Pass Long Weekend

Join us for 3 days in Glacier Park/Rogers Pass. It's Canada’s premium backcountry ski touring destination—famous for its steep and deep powder runs. There is a mixture of tree runs for low-visibility days plus open bowls, ridges, and glaciers. The Rogers Pass area gets about 100cm of snow per week, so be prepared for snowy days and ultimate powder fun. Prerequisite: strong intermediate skier in good physical condition. Includes: ACMG guides, Friday and Saturday night accommodation.

Wapta Traverse

Experience the ultimate hut-to-hut, multi-day backcountry skiing adventure in a world-class Rockies destination. The Wapta Icefield is a region of glaciers between Peyto Lake and Wapta Lake, northwest of Lake Louise with spectacular views, great powder skiing and challenging ascents. A series of mountain huts, complete with mattresses and stoves, make it possible to do a variety of traverses across the Icefield. You can choose a 4 or a 5-day option (5-day is a more leisurely pace). 19 yrs and up (or 16+ if accompanied by a parent). Prerequisite: strong intermediate skier in good physical condition. Includes: ACMG guides, hut fees, backcountry access fees, specialized glacier travel equipment (harness, ropes, crampons, etc.), evening meals.

Bow - Yoho Ski/Splitboard Traverse

This classic, multi-day backcountry traverse gives access to tremendous views and great skiing or boarding. The first night is spent at Bow Hut. On the second and third nights we will stay in the new Louise and Richard Guy Hut. The fourth is at the beautiful Stanley Mitchell Hut, and on the last day we will make an incredible descent to Emerald Lake (conditions permitting). Prerequisite: strong intermediate-expert skier/splitboarder in good physical condition. Includes: ACMG guide, hut fees, backcountry access fees, specialized glacier travel equipment (harness, ropes, crampons, etc.), evening meals.

First Track Fridays

Beat everyone to the fresh snow in this next step to our Intro course. Go backcountry skiing/riding with our ACMG guides for a fun, safe day in the mountains. Destinations may change based on snow conditions. Prerequisite: able to ski/ride under control in all snow conditions and have practiced companion rescue this season. Includes: ACMG guides.

Ski Summit Series

These classic 1-day backcountry Rocky Mountain ascents are great workouts with the good possibility of astounding powder runs. Skiers must be in good shape as all trips involve a minimum 900-metre elevation gain. Be prepared for big challenges and even bigger rewards. Prerequisite: good physical condition, able to ski/ride under control in all snow conditions, and have practiced companion rescue this season. Includes: ACMG guides.

Powder Days

Enjoy a day of backcountry touring and turns in some of Alberta’s best powder. In this perfect next step for backcountry skiers and riders, an experienced guide will ensure you have a fun, safe day of backcountry deep-powder fun. Destinations may change based on snow conditions. Prerequisite: able to ski/ride under control in all snow conditions and have practiced companion rescue this season. Includes: ACMG guides.

Intro to Backcountry Skiing & Riding

Designed for those who want to try backcountry skiing or splitboarding—learn to use climbing skins and alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboards. Our guides will provide valuable tips, and cover touring safety and backcountry trip preparation. Course includes an evening lecture and a full day on snow. Prerequisite: downhill, telemark or snowboarding experience. Includes: instructor, avalanche safety equipment.

Ski/Board Tuning Clinic

Learn to do a skilled tune-up of your skis or snowboard; including cleaning and base repair, edge sharpening and waxing. Receive personalized instruction and lots of practice in this 3-hour hands-on clinic. Please make sure the snowboard, pair of downhill, alpine touring or telemark skis that you bring to the clinic are clean and in decent condition. Maximum 6 students/class. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of all equipment/supplies. 20% off tuning equipment/supplies when purchased.