Camp Highlights

  • Complete one of North America's most iconic ski tours
  • ACMG certified guides ensure you make the most of any conditions
  • Backcountry food portered in to reduce backpack loads
  • Stay at four of the ACC's most spectacular alpine huts

Dates & price

    3 course dates

    •  March 14th - 20th, 2020
    •  March 21st - 27th, 2020
    •  April 4th - 10th, 2020 
    • $1,995 per person

One of the Iconic Ski Tours of North America

Crossing frozen lakes, high passes and a vast glacial expanse, the Wapta Traverse is a journey in the truest sense of the word. This Adventure gives you the opportunity to travel hut-to-hut across the length of the Wapta and Waputik Icefields with the opportunity to climb ski mountaineering summits and cut deep powder turns along the way.

Conditions on the Wapta are notoriously changeable. Our knowledgeable ACMG ski guides will ensure you get the most of your seven days on the Icefield whilst maximizing safety. Our team of porters will also carry in food tailored for backcountry adventures so that you are properly fuelled for the journey and able to focus your efforts on bagging lines and summits rather than a heavy load. 

Let us take care of everything from the huts, to the guiding, to the catering and and join us on a true ACC Adventure this winter!

Camp Objectives

Within the overall objective of completing the famous Wapta Traverse there is great deal of flexibility in the itinerary.

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) and many more. Depending on the conditions the traverse can even offer fantastic powder skiing, for example on the Diableret Glacier close to Mount Balfour.

Although not primarily a skills camp, our guides will also be open to teaching or reviewing important skills - whether it be on roping up for glacier travel, crevasse rescue practice or tips and tricks on hydration and layering.
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Our traverse will follow the classic Wapta itinerary, from north to south with visits to four ACC alpine huts (two nights at Peyto, one night at Bow, two nights at Balfour and one night at Duncan). Starting at Peyto Lake, you will ascend to Peyto Hut before making your way across both the Wapta and the Waputik Icefields before descending to the highway near West Louise Lodge. At 45km, the Wapta can easily be completed in 3-4 days by a strong party, however, our itinerary gives you the chance to climb and ski multiple spectacular summits without which no Wapta traverse would be complete. 
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  •  Day 1: Meet at 7:00AM at the Canadian Alpine Centre in Lake Louise, where you will go over paperwork and gear, organize your car shuttle, and start the trip. Your traverse will typically start at Peyto Lake which you will cross before ascending the moraines and crossing the glacier and a final climbing to Peyto Hut; overnight at Peyto Hut. 
  • Day 2: Explore the northern end of the Wapta Icefields, if conditions allow potential summits include Mt Haberl or Mt. Rhonda; a second overnight at Peyto Hut.
  • Day 3: An easy day of travel to Bow Hut allows for plenty of time to fit in some more powder turns and summits. Possibilities include Mt. Gordon or the classic ski mountaineering ascent of Mt. Olive.
  • Day 4: Travel to Balfour Hut via the Olive or Vulture Cols depending on the conditions and ambitions of the group. Either way, you are guaranteed a beautiful descent down to Balfour Hut and the possibility of more turns from summits such as Vulture Peak.
  • Day 5: Explore the spectacular skiing and mountains in the Balfour area, overnight at Balfour Hut.
  • Day 6: The most adventurous day of the trip over the infamous Balfour High Col, this is the highest and most exposed point of the traverse and we'll need the right conditions to negotiate the crevasse and serac hazard safely; a new vista opens up as you pass over the col and a beautiful descent down to the Scott Duncan hut when you will overnight.
  • Day 7: Descend back to civilization via the Great Divide Lodge on Highway 1, shuttle cars back to Lake Louise.
Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate

No previous mountaineering experience is required, however, you must have backcountry skiing/splitboarding experience and be able to comfortably ski the equivalent of blue/intermediate runs at downhill ski areas in variable conditions (powder, crust, icy etc.) with a heavy pack. Familiarity with touring equipment and the use of avalanche transceivers is also essential as is good all round fitness. You need to be capable of skinning uphill for several hours with a 35-40lb pack.

If you have any concerns about your suitability for this camp please contact the office before registering. 

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

Evenings will be spent enjoying great food, socializing in cozy hut surroundings and resetting for the next day’s skiing. Food supplies will be carried in by porter to reduce pack weights and increase the quality and enjoyment of skiing. There will be a mix of lightweight but nutritious backpacking meals and snacks to keep you properly fuelled and hydrated for your adventure. All of our food is provided by specialized backcountry caterers based out of the Bow Valley. Check out our sample menu for full details of catering on ACC Adventures camps and courses.

Accommodation

Completing the Wapta wouldn't be the same without also getting the full ACC hut experience at four of our oldest and most iconic alpine huts - Peyto, Bow, Rob Ritchie (Balfour) and Scott Duncan huts. Staying here is an experience in itself with fantastic views across the mountains and communal and social dining. Guests will be expected to assist the guides with hut duties such as collecting snow for water and cooking and washing up. 

Guiding

Our ACMG certified ski guides will ensure your journey across the Wapta is both safe and enjoyable. Our guides will be welcome to answering questions about the region as well as everything from ski technique to gear. The maximum ratio of guides and experienced ACC amateur leaders to participants will be 5:1 to ensure participants can travel at a pace which is right for them and have the chance to ask questions.

  • “It was a wonderful experience! The guides, especially Dough were kind and very understanding and flexible.”
  • “The Camp was extremely rewarding and enjoyable.”
  • “… great skiing every day… Seven days were perfect to explore the Wapta…”
- 2019 Wapta Traverse Participants-

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More information

  Email us
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

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Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 7 days low-ratio guiding by fully certified ACMG guides 
  • 6 nights accommodation at Peyto, Bow, Balfour and Scott Duncan Huts
  • Meals starting with dinner on Day 1, ending with lunch on Day 7
  • Food portering services (to reduce pack weight)
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass
  • Group equipment (InReach, emergency equipment, ropes etc.)

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from Peyto Lake (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool to Peyto Lake)
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 7
  • Pre and post-camp accommodation
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Doug Latimer

Doug has 20 years of guiding experience behind him as an ACMG ski guide and an ACMG apprentice rock guide. As well as his private guiding he has spent a number of years working for the UoC where he taught a range of instructional programs in avalanche training, crevasse rescue and backcountry ski and ski mountaineering. He also somehow finds time to run a multimedia production company! In 2019, we are excited to announce Doug will be joining us as our on-staff winter guide; the perfect guy to take care of our Intro To, avalanche safety and other ski courses. 


Mike Mariash

I've been ski guiding for 10 years working all over British Columbia with visits to work in Alaska, Japan and Chile. I cut my teeth skiing Marmot Basin in Jasper. While there I trained for competitive Mogul skiing to improve my skills. I also trained as a ski instructor and am happy to pass on helpful tips to improve my guests skiing experience. Revelstoke is home and I now spend the majority of each winter with CMH Heliskiing.


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