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Wapta Traverse 2013


Dates & Price
Week 1: March 16 - 23, 2013** Only 1 space left!
Week 2: April 7 - 14, 2013** FULL (waiting list only) 
Cost per person is $1,695 + applicable taxes
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Wapta Traverse 2012. Photo: © Felix Camire
Arc'teryx is a supportive sponsor of week one the Wapta Traverse Mountain Adventure and we thank them for their assistance.

The Wapta Traverse holds the number one spot at the top of many people’s list of must-do ski adventures in the Rockies. This world-class winter ski-mountaineering adventure is a spectacular journey across the Wapta and Waputik Icefields in Banff National Park that continually serves up fantastic views, amazing glacier powder runs, and the ultimate backcountry experience.

Starting the traverse at Peyto Lake, this camp will make its way across the two icefields, climbing peaks and skiing powder along the way. Hut stops include Peyto, Bow, Balfour and Scott Duncan before descending.

Specific ski-mountaineering objectives include Mounts Rhondda (North and South), St. Nicholas, Olive, Gordon, and Balfour.

Evenings will be spent enjoying great food, socializing in cozy hut surroundings and resetting for the next day’s skiing.

Everyone will travel across the icefields together, but there will also be a great deal of flexibility and the camp can be many different things to different people: participants can learn the basics of winter alpine travel, bag winter summits, do their first ski traverse or just hunt powder.

We run the Wapta traverse every year and it consistently fills up early. Register today to avoid wait lists and potential disappointment!

Wapta Traverse 2012. Photo: © Felix Camire
Level of Difficulty

This camp is designed for people with little or no previous mountaineering experience. You must have a good level of fitness, be able to comfortably ski the equivalent of blue/intermediate runs at downhill ski areas, and be able to ski with a 16 – 18kg (35 – 40lb) pack for several hours. Participants will be expected to share in carrying of group food and gear.

From past Wapta Traverse participants:

“What can you say; it was the Wapta!” – 2011 Wapta participant.

“Terrain was more massive than expected, but not too difficult” – 2011 Wapta participant.

“The sum total of the trip made the Wapta a special experience. If I had to pick a single day as THE highlight, I would say the traverse from Balfour Hut to Duncan Hut... stellar scenery with a fun ascent to Balfour High Col.” – 2011 Wapta Participant.

“… good skiing in every opportunities... Seven days were perfect to explore the Wapta…”– 2011 Wapta Participant.

Information package: 2013 Planned Itinerary*
word icon Info Pack Day 1 Meet at 7:00pm at the CAC in Lake Louise
Info on sign up process Day 2 Start traverse at Peyto Lake; stay at Peyto Hut
  Day 3 Stay at Peyto Hut
  Day 4 Stay at Bow Hut
  Day 5 Stay at Balfour Hut
  Day 6 Stay at Balfour Hut
  Day 7 Stay at Scott Duncan Hut
  Day 8 Descend via West Louise Lodge on Highway 1, camp ends at Lake Louise
  *subject to change
  • Guiding throughout the camp
  • Accommodation at the CAC in Lake Louise on the first night
  • Accommodation at the Alpine Club huts along the traverse
  • Meals starting with breakfast on Day 2 and ending with lunch on Day 8
  • All group gear
Not Included
  • Transportation to/from Peyto Lake (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool to Peyto Lake)
  • Dinner on Day 1 or 8
  • Accommodation on Day 8
  • Personal gear (see equipment list)
Wapta Traverse 2012. Photo: © Felix Camire
Wapta Traverse 2012. Photo: © Felix Camire


Week 1 - Wapta Traverse   Week 2 - Wapta Traverse

ACMG Ski Guide Felix Camire


ACMG Mountain Guide Jeff Relph



Originally from Quebec City, Felix came to the Rockies for a 1-month trip that is still going after 9 years. He has been involved in the ACC for many years in the Montreal, Calgary and RM Sections on their executives and as a trip leader, course organizer, and camp manager for many Section and National Camps.

Felix is a graduate of the TNF ACC Leadership Course and is a recipient of the Karl Nagy Memorial Award. He has put many miles on his climbing and ski boots on trips to France, Switzerland, Italy, Bolivia, Nepal and Peru where he learned to order beer in six languages. He is currently an ACMG Hiking and Ski Guide based out of Canmore.


Jeff Relph is an ACMG/IFMGA mountain guide based out of Golden BC. He has spent the last 20 years passionately pursuing his love of the mountains. He has been fortunate enough to climb and ski throughout North America as well as in Europe and the Himalaya.

Jeff guides year round spending the majority of his winter as a heli ski guide for CMH while the summers are spent alpine climbing, mountaineering and exploring some of the most beautiful places around.

    Preserving, practicing and promoting Canadian mountain culture and self-propelled alpine pursuits.