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BACKCOUNTRY ROAD TRIP
8 Days | 8 Nights | 7 Days Skiing/Riding

Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Price p/p Base/invoice currency is in CAD
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USD 2,915
A road trip around the Glacier Highway in Canada is ideal to score plenty of fresh powder if you are willing to earn your turns. On this trip you will backcountry tour & ski / ride classic descents around Banff, Lake Louise, and Rogers Pass.
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 05 - Mar 12, 2023
Days: 8
Price: USD 2,915
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Canada Glacier Highway Trip

The Glacier Highway Road Trip follows the route of the Canadian Pacific Railway, starting in Banff and finishing in Revelstoke. You will ski classic descents around Banff, Lake Louise, and Rogers Pass, and cross glaciers, summit high peaks, and ski powder from the lift and from the roadside. Crampons, ice axe, harness and ropes may be tools that you use to achieve the objectives. On days when it is snowing heavily you can ski the long trees runs. On days when it's sunny and clear, maybe you will summit a few peaks. The scenery in Lake Louise is world class and probably the most beautiful location in Canada.

Mid March is the perfect time to ski this road trip. More stable weather and longer days provide better opportunity to summit larger mountains and really enjoy the high alpine. Avalanche hazard is also easier to manage in the spring which is obviously an advantage.

This road trip skiing and snowboarding an area rich in adventure, will be an experience Aurora Backcountry can guarantee you will never forget.It is also an area rich in history. Lake Louise is the birthplace of Canadian ski mountaineering. In 1896 Philip Abbot fell and died on Mt Lefroy in Lake Louise. His death became the first recorded mountaineering fatality in North America. This initiated local hotels to bring over mountain guides from the Swiss Alps to help keep their guests safe in the mountains. Little did they know that this would be the beginning of a legacy of professional Canadian Mountain Guiding and safety that has lasted to this day. Due to the rising popularity of the great Canadian mountains, the Canadian Pacific Railway built three luxury hotels that allowed easy access via their railway. Banff, Lake Louise, and Rogers Pass became world class destinations for mountaineers and skiers around the world.

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Ability & Fitness

This trip is designed for intermediate to advanced backcountry ski tourers and split borders.

Whilst there is the potential for a couple of days of lift-assisted backcountry (and options for heli skiing), the tour is predominantly about backcountry touring. So with this in mind, you will need a good level of fitness.

Equipment

There is no capacity to rent gear on this tour as it starts and finishes in different locations, so you will need to bring your own.

You will need a ski touring setup or splitboard, plus your own avalanche safety gear.

If there is an opportunity to traverse across glaciers, suitable equipment will be provided at no additional cost.

Add-Ons

HELI-SKIING
There is the opportunity to go heli-skiing whilst in Golden. This opportunity will be dependent on weather conditions. The cost of heli skiing is not fixed and is determined by what the group decides. Your guide can organize this after day 1.

BACKCOUNTRY HUT OR WINTER CAMPING
This is a great way to experience the Canadian backcountry, and there are many areas that we can plan an overnight in a cosy mountain hut or a well set up winter camp.

Itinerary

This tour starts at Calgary Airport (YYC) and ends at Kelowna Airport (YLW)

Arrival Evening

Land in Calgary, Alberta (YYC). Your guide will meet you at the baggage claim and the group will travel to Canmore or Banff which is about 1.5 hours away. On our way you will stop and have a nice dinner in Calgary or in Cochrane.

DAY 1 - 3 (Stay in Banff 3 nights - Ski in Kananaskis Country and Lake Louise)

The first 3 days of skiing will be in Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park. This is a rarely guided area and your guide Ben grew up skiing here so he knows it very well. Your guide will ease you into your first day, starting with an avalanche safety briefing and choose an objective that is appropriate for the avalanche hazard of the day. On day 4 we finish our day and travel to the town of Golden a short drive west for the next part of the road trip.

DAY 4 - 5 (Stay in Golden 2 nights - Kicking Horse Slack Country and Rogers Pass)

In Golden the lift assisted ski touring is quite epic. If desired by the group there is the option to go heli skiing or heli assisted ski touring for the day. The price is determined based on location and time. The last day here, you'll ski in Rogers Pass and then head to Revelstoke for the last location of the trip.

DAY 6-7 (Stay In Revelstoke for 3 nights - Ski Rogers Pass 2 days)

For the last location you will focus on the skiing as much as your legs will allow in Rogers Pass. This is arguably one of the most famous ski touring locations in Canada. Verticals here can be over 2,000m in a day if you have the energy.

Day 8 (Departure Day)

You can sleep in after a fun night out in Revelstoke. Check out of the hotel around 11am and drive to Kelowna 2.5 hours away. Your guide will drop you off at the airport between 2-3pm. Kelowna Airport code is YLW. This is a nice relaxing finish to an amazing trip!

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

CAD $3,950 per person

  • Invoice/base currency is in Canadian dollars
Inclusions
  • 7 days backcountry guiding with an ACMG certified ski guide
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Airport transfers from Calgary & to Kelowna
  • All transportation between ski areas & destinations
  • Avalanche safety training
  • Crevasse rescue training
  • National park entry fees
  • Glacier travel equipment if required
  • Lift tickets if/where required
Add-ons
  • Heliskiing or Heli-Assisted Touring
  • Overnight hut experience
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Booking and Cancellation Policy

 
All trips must be secured by deposit or full payment. Full payment is due 10 weeks before the trip start date. If your initial booking is less than 10 weeks before your start date then full payment is required to secure your booking.

All payments are conditionally non-refundable. We highly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance to protect your investment.

All cancellations must be received in writing by email.

If you need to cancel your trip more than 10 weeks before the start date your deposit becomes forfeit. However, here are 2 scenarios where you many not lose your deposit.

1. We can transfer your trip to a later date within the season, if it is available.

2. If your trip gets sold to another person at full price...

a) Your deposit may be refunded back to you minus a 10% admin fee. 10% of the deposit.

b) 100% of your deposit may be used to book another trip with Aurora Backcountry for the following season. Deposits will become forfeit if not used within 1 year.

If notice is received less than 10 weeks prior to the starting date, no money will be refunded.

There is no refund for leaving early or arriving late.