“If you’re a skier who loves the backcountry,  then the Wapta Traverse needs to be on your bucket list.”

About the Trip

Come ski the Wapta Traverse with Live Out Loud Adventures. The Wapta Traverse is a 5 day hut to hut backcountry ski adventure in one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, the Canadian Rockies. It’s a 45km route across the Continental divide between Banff and Yoho National parks with big glaciers, excellent snow, lots of great powder descents and four alpine huts to link it all together.

We’ll pick you up at the Calgary airport and from there we’ll head to Lake Louise. Before we head out, we’ll spend a day trip at Bow summit (Banff National Park) testing out our touring gear and reviewing the safety protocols.

Led by Graeme White,  a certified guide with the highest level of professional mountain certification (ACMG ski guide certification), we’ll follow the standard traverse beginning with a climb from the Icefields parkway  to the Peyto Hut. From the Peyto Hut we’ll travel to the Bow Hut where we’ll spend a day getting in some powder turns on the “headwall” of the Bow glacier. After 2 nights at Bow Hut, we’ll ski to the Balfour Hut, a section considered by some to be the most spectacular of the Wapta traverse. Our final hut will be the Scott Duncan Hut, a stunning location with a phenomenal panorama. From here, the real fun begins as we begin a long descent down “swooping down snowy benches, through treed glades and along a canyon”.

We’ll end the trip in Lake Louise where we began, at an intimate casual mountain resort with cosy log cabins and plenty of celebration.

Itinerary

Saturday April 6 – Arrive in Calgary and drive up to Lake Louise. Overnight in Lake Louise

Sunday April 7 – Day of preparation to Bow Summit. Overnight in Lake Louise

Monday April 8 – Travel to Peyto Hut

Tuesday April  9 – Travel to Bow Hut

Wednesday April 10 – Day trip form Bow Hut. Overnight at Bow Hut

Thursday April 11 – Travel to Balfour Hut

Friday April 12 – Travel to Scott Duncan Hut

Saturday April 13 – Return to Lake Louise. Overnight in Lake Louise

Sunday April 14 – Fly home

The 4 alpine huts are operated by the Alpine Club of Canada. Sleeping areas are communal and facilities are basic with sleeping pads on the bunk beds.  We’ll provide all meals and cook together in the communal kitchen using propane stoves. We’ll stay at an intimate mountain resort in Lake Louise in beautifully appointed two-bedroom cabins.

Fitness Required

Participants need to be strong intermediate downhill skiers. Skiing is done with your backpack on and you must be able to ski in control and parallel turn in a variety of conditions. With huts no more than 10kms apart and daily elevation gains up to 2,000ft, you’ll need to be in good physical condition, able to carry a 40lb pack for several hours a day over several kilometers. “The skiing is not difficult but you should be able to ski powder and wind crust confidently on intermediate runs at the ski hill.” If you’re a good Ontario skier, you’re ready!

Trip Costs

$3,800 CAD + HST.

Price includes: Certified ACMG ski guide, all accommodation including 3 nights in Lake Louise and 5 nights in Alpine huts, one day of training and preparation, all food, all transportation from Calgary airport and back, and Parks Canada day passes

Price does not include: air travel, insurance, and ski rentals (including skis, skins, poles and ski crampons, avalanche transceiver, probe, and shovel)

December 1, 2018 Deposit $1,000 CAD

January 1, 2019 1st Payment $1,000 CAD

February 1, 2019 Final Payment $1,800 CAD + HST

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