Women’s 6 Pass Traverse 2017

Dates & Price

  • Adventure Dates: April 2 - 6, 2017
  • Adventure Rates: $1,200 + applicable tax
  • Information Package: Download Info Pack
Marmot sponsors the ACC’s Women’s Program, providing funding to make this camp accessible to as many women as possible. Marmot’s values and those of the ACC coincide, particularly on the issue of developing the skills of female mountaineers. Marmot has supported our Women’s Program since its inception and we thank them for their assistance.

Course is now full, wait list only

Our First Women’s-Only Ski Traverse!


Photo by Nicole Larson

Why has the ACC never run a women’s only ski traverse? We’re not sure. But we’re about to change that. The classic Six Pass Route south of Jasper is a full-value ski traverse that includes skis-off scrambles, descents to valley bottom, and the potential to ski laps on nice open slopes. This trip provides relatively mellow terrain appropriate for heavier packs, and has a true wilderness feel.

We’ll start the traverse by shuttling the ever-important end-of-route car to the Maligne Lake Parking area before returning to the trailhead at Poboktan Creek (Sunwapta Warden Station/Mile 45). We start the trip by skiing up Poboktan Creek, and camping just south of Elusive Pass. The route trends generally north west, dipping in and out of treeline, for the length of the traverse before descending down to Maligne Lake. Along the way, the route will cross six picturesque passes, climb up moderate terrain on southern slopes, and descends northerly faces to valley bottom.

Cross 6 Picturesque Passes


Photo by Ron Frank

Each day will start with a delicious and hearty breakfast to give you the energy to pack up, shoulder your pack and get on for the days objective.  Depending on the group,  there may be opportunities for some ski-mountaineering. Your guides and camp managers will be in charge of the day to day itinerary, with input from you, but group travel and safety are paramount with guides having final say.

Each evening will be spent outside in a dug out kitchen enjoying great food, telling tall tales wrapped in your down jackets and recuperating for the next day’s adventures. Filling a hot water bottle before slipping into your tent and  sleeping bag will guarantee a good nights rest.

And did we mention this is a women’s only traverse? That means lots of laughs, support, and empowerment along the way! This is also a new Camp for the ACC and we are expecting it to fill quickly.  Sign up early, the spots will disappear quickly.

Slider pictures by Ron Frank, Nicole Larson,  Etienne Legresley, Lawrence White and Lynn Martel

Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Meet at 7:00am at the Bear’s Paw Bakery in Jasper. Shuttle vehicles and start to ski!

    Photo by Lawrence White

    Photo by Lawrence White

  • Day 1 – 5 – Traverse the 6-Pass Route, from south to north, including a one-day layover to ski and enjoy the area.
  • Day 5 –Finish the traverse at the Maligne Lake trailhead.

Camp itinerary may change due to uncontrollable factors. All days will be filled with learning and skiing objectives based on weather, conditions, and participants.

 This traverse may be reversed in direction if conditions warrant.


Gear, Food, Lodging


  • Two professional ACMG guides plus a camp manager throughout the camp
  • Meals starting with breakfast on Day 1, ending with lunch on Day 5
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass
  • Group Gear (tents, stoves, fuel, cooking supplies)

Participants must provide:

  • Transportation to the town of Jasper (Bear’s Paw Bakery on Patricia Street) then on to the Sunwapta Warden Station (for the shuttle car), and then to the Poboktan Trail Head (Mile 45/Sunwapta Warden Station), to start the trip;
  • Accommodation the evening before the camp starts
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)


Note: A National Parks Canada Vehicle Gate pass is not required in 2017

Level of Difficulty

This camp is designed for women with at least moderate backcountry skiing experience. You must have a good level of fitness and be comfortable skiing the equivalent of blue/intermediate and black/advanced runs at downhill ski areas. Additionally, you must be able to ski while carrying a 22 – 27kg (50-60lb) pack for several hours. Participants will be expected to share in carrying group gear/food and their own lunch while on the camp. Previous winter camping skills will be handy, but not essential, as the guide and manager will coach and teach. If you have never camped in the winter but would like to learn how, this might be the camp for you.

More Women's Program camps - Presented by Marmot

Designed for and offered exclusively to women, our Women’s Program camps allow participants to feel totally comfortable, be themselves and pursue skills and adventure in a supportive, nurturing environment. These camps are staffed and guided exclusively by women as well.

Women’s Program Adventures

  • Women’s Ski Camp (Mar 6-11, 2017). A unique opportunity for participants to build on their winter skills in an all-woman setting. For those with some backcountry skiing experience. 6 days, $1,550.
  • Women’s Climbing Camp – Bugaboos Edition (TBD, 2017). A week-long summer climbing camp that moves each year between the Columbia Icefields and the Bugaboos. Details soon. 5 days, $1,295.


Women's 6 Pass Traverse 2017 Staff

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    Sylvia Forest

    Sylvia (Syl) Forest is a mountain guide living near Golden, BC. Syl worked as a park warden and mountain rescue specialist in Jasper, Lake Louise and Glacier National Parks for 23 years, and managed the mountain rescue program in Glacier Park for eight years. She completed her UIAGM Mountain Guide certification in 2001. Syl left Parks in the fall of 2013 in order to spend more time guiding, and to spend more time with her family.

    Syl also teaches avalanche courses regularly for the Canadian Avalanche Association, and works as a heli ski guide during the winter months.

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    Sandy Walker

    Sandy Walker has been a leader of climbing, mountaineering and skiing trips for the past 10 years, first for the Calgary Section and since 2008 for the Rocky Mountain Section. Sandy has been an amateur leader at the General Mountaineering Camps since 2008. She has also been the camp manager for several winter trips and for three international expeditions. Sandy is a talented amateur leader who possesses excellent technical abilities in climbing, skiing and mountaineering. She is very knowledgeable in the areas of navigation, evaluation of alpine terrain and weather conditions. Sandy is a great teacher; her actions and attitude demonstrate a desire to share the skills she has gained over the years from participating in ACC programs. The Rockies Orientated Climbing Knowledge (ROCK) program that she initiated and developed is a testimony to her desire to help others learn how to travel safely in the backcountry.

    Sandy Walker was awarded the Alpine Club of Canada’s Silver Rope for Leadership in 2013 and Distinguished Service Award in 2009.

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    Madeleine Martin-Preney

    Madeleine was born and raised in Nelson, BC and is now based more or less in Revelstoke, She has designed her lifestyle to accommodate her passion for adventure and extended time in the mountains with great people, and is extremely thankful for the many friends and communities that make this possible. During the summer she works as a lead instructor for Outward Bound Canada and most of her winter is spent working at the Durrand Glacier. She feels that working with others in the mountains as a guide is one of the most fulfilling and fascinating ways to support and witness positive human development and personal growth.