Camp Highlights

  • Bag iconic ski mountaineering summits such as The President
  • Cross the Wapta, Des Poilus and Yoho glaciers
  • Backcountry specific food portered in to reduce backpack loads
  • Visit the brand new Guy Hut and the more traditional Stanley Mitchell

Dates & price

  •  April 11th - 17th, 2020
  • $1,995 per Person

The Powder, Peaks and Adventure of the Wapta, Without the Crowds

Crossing the Wapta Icefield east to west rather than north to south, the Bow-Yoho traverse is less publicized than the Wapta. But we have no idea why because this adventure offers the same great hut experience, exciting glaciated terrain and spectacular summits in arguably a more peaceful and isolated setting. 

This route will take you over two new glaciers (Yoho and des Poilus) in addition to the Wapta Icefield, making it perfect for those who have been on the Wapta already and are seeking something new. The Yoho Valley is a particular gem, hosting iconic summits such as the President, Vice President, Mt. McArthur, fairytale log cabin accommodation (the Stanley Mitchell hut) and typically more powder than the Wapta. There's a reason Chic Scott calls a visit here the "quintessential Canadian Rockies ski experience". 

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

Everyone on your camp will travel across the icefields together, but there is flexibility in the itinerary to accommodate individual objectives such as learning skills in glacial travel, bagging winter summits, completing a first major ski traverse, or even hunting powder.

There will be time and opportunities to summit some coveted peaks. Possible ski-mountaineering objectives include mounts Rhondda (3,055m), St. Nicholas (2,970m), Olive (3,130m), Gordon (3,202m), Collie (3,116m), Yoho (2,760m), Des Poilus (3,166m), McArthur (3,015m), Isolated Peak (2,823m), the President (3,138m) and Vice President (3,066m). Many of these mountains can be skied directly from the summit!

Other highlights of the trip include passing the beautiful Takakkaw Falls frozen in its winter coat, and the potential to ski both President's Pass and the Iceline Exit from the Stanley Mitchell Hut. 
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • The basic Bow-Yoho route could be completed by a strong party in 3 days, but our extended itinerary allows your group plenty of time for day trips to classic summits, passes and powder bowls, without your heavy pack. We think it's these experiences which make the Bow-Yoho truly unique. 
  • Day 1: Meet at 7AM in the Canadian Alpine Centre hostel in Lake Louise. Go over paperwork and gear, organize the car shuttle and begin your trip by skiing across Bow Lake and up to the ACC's Bow Hut. There will be plenty of time on this day to run over skills such as crevasse rescue and opportunities for your first turns in the glades or slopes close to the hut.  
  • Day 2: Explore the eastern side of the Bow-Yoho Traverse, overnighting at Bow Hut again. Opportunity to summit St. Nick, Mount Olive, Rhondda South or Thompson.
  • Day 3: Travel to the ACC's newest and most modern hut, the Louise & Richard Guy. Summiting either Rhondda, Gordon or Collie is possible en route before you drop into the Des Poilus glacier basin. 
  • Day 4: A day out of the comfortable Guy Hut will give you the opportunity to ski some nice turns off Yoho Peak or get more adventurous and try to summit Collie or Des Poilus.
  • Day 5: This is one of the crux days of the traverse as the traditional route takes you over Isolated Col - an exposed and crevassed high pass which is susceptible to avalanches. From the col, a good weather day could see you summiting McArthur. Either way, you are guaranteed some nice turns as you descend into the Yoho Valley and check in to the Stanley Mitchell Hut.
  • Day 6: Chic Scott describes skiing in the Yoho Valley as “the quintessential Canadian Rockies skiing experience”. You will have a full day to explore the region from the convenience of the Stanley Mitchell Hut. If conditions allow, the run off off President Pass is a must! And summiting the Vice-President or President is the icing on the cake for many a Bow-Yoho traverse.
  • Day 7: Return to civilization to Emerald Lake or the Transcanada Highway either by the Iceline exit (a stunning, high elevation route) or down the Yoho Valley road past Takakkaw Falls (the second tallest waterfall in Canada). Debrief with your guides and head home with life long memories. 
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 Bow-Yoho wouldn't be the same without also getting the full ACC hut experience. You'll visit three very different styles of hut - the Bow, Guy and Stanley Mitchell - with two nights at each. The Bow Hut is by far the largest and most accessible of the huts, you can expect day and overnight trippers here and a social vibe. The Guy offers modern comfort in a spectacular location; until 2016, the traverse required camping at this location so this addition has made the traverse more accessible and comfortable for ski tourers. The Stanley Mitchell is a classic log-style, cosy cabin built in 1940.  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 helping with dishes. 

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 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.

  • “The entire trip was a great experience. I am very impressed with the ACC hut system and the guides were excellent!”
  • “Five bluebird days and then two whiteout days, i.e. the full experience!”
- Past Icefields Program Participants -

Adventure Map

more information

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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 ACMG certified ski guides
  • 6 nights accommodation at Bow, Guy and Stanley Mitchell Huts
  • Meals starting with dinner on Day 1 and 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 Bow Lake (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool to Bow 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. 


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