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Backcountry Skiing in Rogers Pass

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Rogers Pass in British Columbia, Canada is a world class backcountry ski destination. However, its allure should be tempered with caution; navigating complex avalanche terrain requires skill and respect. Understanding the Winter Permit System is key to enjoying winter in Glacier National Park.

Arctos Guides runs regular guided programs in Rogers Pass .  Our experienced ACMG certified guides, will help you delve into Rogers Pass’ untamed beauty with confidence.  Client safety is our number one priority

Gather your family or friends for an unforgettable journey into the heart the Columbia Mountains. A ski tour with a private guide is the best way to maximize your backcountry adventure in Rogers Pass.powder highway ski tour, rogers pass

Rogers Pass Backcountry: A Premier Skiing Destination in the Selkirks

Located in Glacier National Park, Rogers Pass stands as a pinnacle of backcountry skiing in the Selkirk Mountains. Steeped in history dating back to its “discovery” by Major A.B. Rogers in 1865 (He was guided by First Nations people.), for whom the Pass was named; Rogers Pass is also a bastion of Canadian mountaineering and guiding.

Revelstoke and Golden, the closest towns to Rogers Pass are standout destinations for a Western Canada backcountry skiing road trip. The unique mountain towns offer a great Canadian ski town experience. Explore beyond the resort boundaries in Revelstoke Mountain Resort or Kicking Horse Mountain Resort’s backcountry, with one of Arctos Guides ACMG certified guides.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort, boasting North America’s biggest vertical at 1,713 meters (5,620 feet), serves as a beacon for ski enthusiasts. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has one of the biggest vertical drops too and offers exceptional slackcountry skiing as well. Despite its somewhat remote location, Revelstoke and Golden are vibrant mountain towns offering world class skiing experiences. And with Rogers Pass a 50 min drive away, backcountry enthusiasts are treated to a wealth of terrain ripe for exploration.asulkan valley, rogers pass skiing

Logistics for Backcountry Skiing in Rogers Pass

Before departing on your backcountry skiing adventure in Rogers Pass, it’s crucial to tackle a few logistical considerations. Firstly, familiarize yourself with the Winter Permit System, which carefully manages backcountry access to avalanche paths threatening the Trans-Canada Highway, the and railway corridor and Glacier National Parks Avalanche control program. It’s more efficient to get annual permits for each member of your group online ahead of time. Currently, daily Winter Permits can be obtained from the Rogers Pass Discovery Center, but this may change in the near future. Be sure to display the permits in your vehicle and carry your permit with you in the backcountry.

Additionally, ensure your group possesses a National Park Pass for Glacier National Park / Rogers Pass. Once permits are obtained, consult the Rogers Pass Backcountry Access interactive map to verify which areas are open for the day, as closures may occur for avalanche control operations. Plan your parking arrangements accordance with the Winter Permit System.

Given the logistical challenges inherent in backcountry skiing in Rogers Pass, enlisting the expertise of a guide can streamline the process and alleviate the planning burden. Our experienced local guides have an up to date understanding of the snowpack and the terrain in Rogers Pass.  Arctos Guides will allow you to focus on enjoying the splendour of Rogers Pass and optimize your backcountry ski adventure without unnecessary stress or complications.powder highway ski tour

Prepare for the Uphill: Rogers Pass equals big vertical

A day at Rogers Pass promises both challenge and reward, with no lifts for access, it’s all about “earning your turns.” Expect a long climb over a fair bit of distance, averaging between 1200 -2000m (4000 and 6000 feet) and 10-20 kilometers (6-13miles).

When starting your tour, anticipate a significant skinning session that demands both physical and mental endurance. Layering for backcountry skiing is a crucial skill, our guides will provide insight and coach you on how to dress properly throughout the ski tour.  Avoid the temptation to overdress when climbing; adopt a less is more approach and wear lighter layers initially to prevent overheating. Sweating and getting your clothes wet can make for a cold and uncomfortable day in the mountains

The tours in Rogers Pass unveil a panorama of breathtaking vistas and endless backcountry ski terrain. After a day of ski touring in Rogers Pass, your mind will be buzzing with new ideas for places to ski or splitboard.  There is a lifetime of backcountry adventure to be had in Glacier National Park.

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Endless Backcountry Skiing Adventures Await in Rogers Pass

There are a myriad backcountry skiing possibilities in Rogers Pass.  Among the accessible areas, the Lilly Dome Traverse stands out, offering an incredible alpine traverse through two drainages. It offers extensive views of the Asulkan and Loop Brook drainages.

But this is just one of the epic ski tours in Rogers Pass. Countless other routes await exploration, you’ll need to budget ample time to get a real taste of the backcountry skiing and splitboarding possibilities in Glacier National Park. Backcountry Lodge Trip Packing List

What’s the best time to ski in Revelstoke, Rogers Pass Or Golden

The best time to backcountry ski on the Powder Highway is from November to May, offering splitbaorders and skiers a generous window of opportunity to indulge in this powder paradise. Here’s a breakdown of what each month has to offer:

– November to January: Is characterized by abundant snowfall and excellent powder skiing opportunities. Consistent snowfall and a low solar incidence makes for deep powder skiing on all aspects.

– February to March: Some consider this as peak season, February and March offer optimal skiing conditions. The snowpack is deep, and the possibilities for shredding steep lines seem endless. Skiers can expect longer days, prime powder conditions and ample opportunities for exploration during this time.

-April: April brings a shift in skiing conditions. This is the time for big days in the alpine,ski mountaineering basecamps and ski traverses.  Often the conditions are ideal epic descents and riding big lines.

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Tips for Backcountry Skiing in Rogers Pass

1. Winter Permit System: Understand the Winter Permit System.  Rogers Pass is home to one of the largest avalanche control programs in the world. Parks Canada conducts avalanche control along the transportation corridor, necessitating permits for Winter Restricted Areas. Ensure you have both a Winter Permit and a National Park Pass to backcountry ski in Glacier National Park. Familiarize yourself with Winter Prohibited, Restricted, and Unrestricted Areas to ensure compliance and safety. Continued access to Winter Restricted Areas is reliant on 100% visitor compliance.

2. Logistics and Planning: Begin your journey at home, research routes and pay attention to the snowpack. We you arrive on your first day in Rogers Pass, head to the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, where you can obtain permits and gather essential information, such as weather forecasts, maps and terrain photos. It also has some great interpretative exhibits on the history and wildlife of Glacier National Park.

Some areas may require permits, while others remain open for backcountry skiing. Consider obtaining an annual permit for convenience. Utilize online resources, such as the Rogers Pass Backcountry Access interactive map, to check for open areas and Avalanche Canada for avalanche forecasts.

3. Avalanche Awareness: Stay informed about current avalanche conditions in the Rogers Pass area. Prioritize safety by checking the avalanche forecast before heading out, and be prepared to adjust plans accordingly based on conditions.

4. Bring the Appropriate Gear:  Make sure everyone in your group has the appropriate backcountry gear and a solid lunch for the day.

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How to Revelstoke or Golden

1. Fly into Calgary (YYC):  Calgary International Airport offers the most direct flights and rental car options. From there, it’s approximately three hour drive to Golden or a five hour drive to Revelstoke, passing through the stunning scenery of Rogers Pass, Banff National park and Yoho National Park. Keep in mind that weather conditions can affect driving safety, so check Drive BC before setting out.

2. Fly into Kelowna Airport (YLW): If you’re basing out of Revelstoke, consider flying into Kelowna Airport, located approximately two hours from Revelstoke. There are numerous shuttle services and rental car agencies in Kelowna.

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Where to stay in Golden or Revelstoke

When it comes to lodging in Revelstoke or Golden, there are options for every preference and budget. For larger groups seeking comfort and convenience, renting a house can be a good option. With numerous options available in town, guests can enjoy a relatively close proximity to restaurants and activities while relishing the comfort of a home away from home.

There are numerous hotels in Golden or Revelstoke, offering a variety of levels of price and comfort. Basecamp Resorts offer a nice local alternative to large hotel chains.

Keep in mind Golden and Revelstoke are sought-after destinations for winter activities, so booking accommodations in advance is advisable to secure your preferred choice.  rogers pass, youngs peak

Where to rent Backcountry Ski Gear

Revelstoke: Powder Rentals

Golden: Higher Ground

Lake Louise: Wilson Mountain Sports