Wapta Traverse 2018

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: Camp #1: March 17-24th, 2018. Camp #2: March 24-31st, 2018.
  • Adventure Rates: $1,850 + tax

Fully-guided, hut-based trip of a lifetime across one of the great glacial expanses in the Rockies

Photo by Kellen Scott

Photo by Kellen Scott

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 will take you across the Wapta and Waputik Icefields in Banff National Park, continually serving up fantastic views, amazing glacier powder runs, and the ultimate backcountry experience.

This traverse follows the classic Wapta itinerary, from north to south. The traverse starts at Peyto Lake, ascending to Peyto Hut before making its way across the two icefields, climbing peaks and skiing powder along the way. Hut stops include Peyto, Bow, Balfour and Scott Duncan huts, before descending to the highway near West Louise Lodge.

Specific ski-mountaineering objectives include Mounts Rhondda (3015 m), Mt Thompson (3084 m), Mt. Hable (3073 m), St. Nicholas (2822 m), Mt. Olive (3130 m), Mt. Gordon (3203 m), Lilliput (2908) and Mt. Balfour (3270 m).

 

 

Explore a timeless area

Photo by Kellen Scott

Photo by Kellen Scott

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

Everyone on your camp will travel across the icefields together, but there will also be a great deal of flexibility in the itinerary. 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 soon to avoid potential disappointment!

Slider pictures by Nancy Miller, Heather Gilley & Kellen Scott

Camp Itinerary

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    Day 1 – Meet at 6:30pm at the Canadian Alpine Centre in Lake Louise

  • Day 2 – Start traverse at Peyto Lake; overnigh at Peyto Hut
  • Day 3 – Explore the northern end of the Wapta Icefields, overnight at Peyto Hut
  • Day 4 – Travel to Bow Hut
  • Day 5 – Travel to Balfour Hut
  • Day 6 – Explore the Balfour area, overnight at Balfour Hut
  • Day 7 – Travel to Scott Duncan Hut
  • Day 8 – Descend via Great Divide Lodge on Highway 1, shuttle cars back to Lake Louise

 

This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, travel conditions and other factors.

Gear, Food, Lodging

Included:

  • Professional guiding throughout the camp
  • Accommodation at the CAC in Lake Louise on the first night
  • Accommodation at Peyto, Bow, Balfour and Scott Duncan Huts along the traverse
  • Meals starting with breakfast on Day 2, ending with lunch on Day 8
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass

Participants must provide:

  • Transportation to and from Peyto Lake (Participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool to Peyto Lake)
  • Dinner on Day 1 and Day 8
  • Accommodation on Day 8
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)
  • Parks Canada vehicle pass

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 Camp participants

Photo by Heather Gilley - Summit Day

Photo by Heather Gilley – Summit Day

“The entire trip was a great experience. I am very impressed with the ACC hut system and the guides were excellent!”

– Past Wapta participant

“The Camp was extremely rewarding and enjoyable.”

– Past Wapta participant

“Five bluebird days and then two whiteout days, i.e. the full experience!”

– Past Wapta Participant

“… great skiing every day… Seven days were perfect to explore the Wapta…”

– Past Wapta Participant

Check out a video that Kellen Scott, a participant on our 2015 Watpa traverse, put together!

 

Wapta Traverse Staff

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    Dave Healey

    Dave was born Burns Lake, B.C., raised in Keremeos, B.C., now resides in the mountains of Revelstoke, B.C.  Dave is obviously in love with B.C., but also likes to explore & appreciate other mountain ranges of the world.
    Dave has worked in the mountains since 1991, starting with the Rockies around Lake Louise, then slowly moving west following the setting sun.  He has been guiding for 10 years now throughout the ranges of B.C. and the North Island of New Zealand.  He also spends the summers guiding Canada’s finest young folk on the glaciers of the Wapta Icefield, and is well acquainted with the Alpine Club hut system there.  In the quiet season, he swings a hammer as a carpenter.
    ‘Mountains are where I discover people.  I like the mountains (they are my first mistress), but the real joy is exploring, discovering & creating memorable adventures with others.  I didn’t come here to escape, but rather to immerse myself in the core values of admirable humanity.’