Camp Highlights

  • Fully guided by ACMG certified ski or full mountain guides
  • Complete one of Canada's most iconic ski tours
  • Portering services are provided to reduce backpack loads
  • Stay at four spectacular alpine huts

Dates & price

    3 course dates

    •  March 16 - 22
    •  March 23 - 29
    •  April 6 - 12 
    • $1,950 + Tax / Person

Fully-Guided, Hut-Based Trip of a Lifetime Across one of the Great Glacial Expanses in the Rockies

The Wapta Traverse is perhaps the most iconic multi-day ski tour in North America. A journey in the truest sense of the word, you will 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.

Our traverse will follow the classic Wapta itinerary, from north to south. Starting at Peyto Lake, you will ascend to Peyto Hut before making your way across the two icefields and sleeping at four alpine huts before descending to the highway near West Louise Lodge. At 45km, the Wapta can easily be completed in 2-3 days by a strong party, however, our itinerary gives you the chance to really explore the area and climb and ski off multiple spectacular summits - what really makes the Wapta special. We've been running the Wapta traverse for almost as long as we've had huts, and past parties have covered nearly all of the Wapta ski mountaineering objectives: Collie, Ayesha, St. Nicholas, Rhondda, Olive, Gordon, Portal, and more. If you've already done the Wapta, come back for a second year to take another crack at the Wapta peaks! 

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.

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).
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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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. Y
  • 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

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.

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 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.

  • “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-

Adventure Map

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

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 7 days low ratio, professional guiding throughout the camp by fully certified ACMG guides 
  • 6 nights accommodation at Peyto, Bow, Balfour and Scott Duncan Huts
  • Meals starting with breakfast on Day 1, ending with lunch on Day 7
  • Portering services (to reduce pack weight)
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from Peyto Lake (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool to Peyto Lake)
  • Pre- and post-camp meals
  • 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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