Camp Highlights

  • Fully guided by ACMG certified ski or full mountain guides
  • Cross the Wapta, Des Poilus and Yoho glaciers
  • Portering services are provided to reduce backpack loads
  • Check out the ACC's newest hut (the Louise & Richard Guy Hut) and the historic Stanley Mitchell Hut

Dates & price

  •  April 13 - 19
  • $1,950 + Tax / 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 well-known than the Wapta. We don't know why because this adventure offers all the same opportunities for hut to hut travel, spectacular summits, glacier travel and powder turns. It has the added bonus of being in an even more isolated and remote setting.

Starting at Bow Lake, we will spend two nights at the Bow Hut, two at the new Louise & Richard Guy Hut, and two at the classic Stanley Mitchell Hut. 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. Opportunities for side trips are everywhere. The Bow-Yoho itinerary could be completed by a strong party in 3 days, but the extra time allows your group to access the surrounding peaks, passes, and glaciers.

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.

Let us take care of the food, accommodation and guiding arrangements and join us on this true ACC Adventure this winter!

Camp Objectives

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.

There will be time and opportunities to summit some coveted peaks. Possible ski-mountaineering objectives include Mount 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 (2,823m) and the President (3,138m) and Vice President (3,066m). Many of these mountains can be skied directly from the summit!
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
  • Day 1: Meet at 7AM in the Canadian Alpine Centre hostel in Lake Louise. Go over the paperwork and gear, organize your car shuttle, and start your trip. Begin 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 companion rescue as well as crevasse rescue skills. As well as the opportunity for your first turns in the glades or just above the hut. 
  • Day 2: Explore the eastern side of the Bow-Yoho Traverse – overnight at Bow Hut. Opportunity to summit St. Nick, Mount Olive, Rhondda South or Thompson.
  • Day 3: Travel to our newest hut, the Louise & Richard Guy Hut. 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 they 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 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 either by the Iceline exit (a stunning, high elevation route) or down the Yoho Valley road past Takakkaw Falls.
Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate

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.

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. Our food is provided by Happy Yak out of Montreal.

Accommodation

Completing the Bow-Yoho wouldn't be the same without also getting the full ACC hut experience at three varied ACC alpine huts - Bow, Guy and Stanley Mitchell. 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 certainly 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 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.

  • “The entire trip was a great experience. I am very impressed with the ACC hut system and the guides were excellent!”
  • “The Camp was extremely rewarding and enjoyable.”
  • “Five bluebird days and then two whiteout days, i.e. the full experience!”
  • “… great skiing every day… Seven days were perfect to explore the Wapta…”
- Past Wapta Traverse Participants-

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Contact Us

  Email
   403 678 3200 ext. 109

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

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Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 7 days low-ratio, professional guiding throughout the camp by ACMG certified ski guides
  • 6 nights accommodation at Bow, Guy and Stanley Mitchell Huts
  • Meals starting with breakfast on Day 1 and ending with lunch on Day 8
  • Portering services (to reduce pack weight)
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from Bow Lake (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool to Bow Lake)
  • Parks Canada vehicle pass for personal vehicle
  • Pre- and post-camp food
  • Pre- and post-camp accommodation
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

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.


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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