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Our First Women’s-Only Ski Traverse!
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
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
- Day 1 – Meet at 7:00am at the Bear’s Paw Bakery in Jasper. Shuttle vehicles and start to ski!
- 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.