Rogers Pass Hut-Based Ski Touring

Rogers Pass Hut-Based Ski Touring with Pacific Alpine Guides

The Asulkan Cabin, Rogers Pass, British Columbia

Rogers Pass Hut-Based Ski Touring with Pacific Alpine GuidesDESCRIPTION

Rivaled only by Thompson Pass in Alaska, Rogers Pass is home to some of the biggest and best road accessed backcountry skiing terrain in North America. Situated in the Selkirk Mountains between the towns of Revelstoke and Golden, British Columbia, this corridor gets huge winter snowfalls, and within half a day you can be skiing in glaciated terrain.

On this trip, we spend 4 days exploring the vast terrain Rogers Pass has to offer, staying in the A.O. Wheeler Hut on our first night, and the impressive Asulkan Cabin on our second and third nights.

With good weather and stability, some of the classic high alpine tours include Sapphire Col, the Lily Traverse, Young’s Peak, the Dome Glacier, Mt. Rogers, and the Swiss Peaks. In storm conditions, Rogers Pass offers incredible, pillowy powder skiing below treeline.

WHY GO WITH PACIFIC ALPINE GUIDES

  • Pro Guides: This trip is lead by an AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide.
  • Small Group Size: 5 participants max.
  • Excellent Meals: High quality, nourishing dinners and breakfasts incorporating fresh ingredients
  • Hut-Based Itinerary: Stay in comfortable huts, with no commuting to and from the pass.

PHOTOS

Rogers Pass Hut-Based Ski Touring with Pacific Alpine GuidesRogers Pass Hut-Based Ski Touring with Pacific Alpine GuidesRogers Pass Hut-Based Ski Touring with Pacific Alpine Guides

Rogers Pass Hut-Based Ski Touring with Pacific Alpine GuidesRogers Pass Hut-Based Ski Touring with Pacific Alpine GuidesRogers Pass Hut-Based Ski Touring with Pacific Alpine Guides

RECENT TRIP REPORTS

DAY 1 – Full Day Tour, Ski in to the A.O. Wheeler Hut

We meet at the Rogers Pass Discovery Center at the top of Rogers Pass at 8am on the morning of Day 1. After introductions and a quick gear check, we pick up our permits, run through a short companion rescue practice session, and head out on our first tour.

In the afternoon we drive to the Asulkan trailhead and make preparations for spending the next three nights in the huts. It’s a short 20 minute skin into the A.O. Wheeler Hut, where we settle in by the fireplace for the evening.

Overnight at the A.O. Wheeler Hut. (D)

DAY 2 – Ascend to the Asulkan Cabin, Afternoon Tour

In the morning we tour up the Asulkan Valley to the Asulkan Cabin, arriving midday. We take a break for lunch and drop our overnight gear before heading out on a day tour with light packs. With good weather and stability, skiing off the summit of Young’s Peak is an option for the afternoon. There is also excellent tree skiing below the hut in the Tree Triangle, a great option in less than ideal weather or avalanche conditions.

The views from the Asulkan Cabin on a clear evening are hard to match. This hut sleeps a maximum of 10 people and is warmed by a cozy propane heater.

Overnight at the Asulkan Cabin. (B, D)

DAY 3 – Touring in the Asulkan Valley

From the Asulkan Hut, alpine options may include touring up to Sapphire Col, The Seven Steps of Paradise or “Forever Young” on Young’s Peak, skiing the Dome Glacier, Leda Peak, or summiting Mt. Jupiter. Below treeline options include laps in the Tree Triangle and the Triangle Moraine.

Overnight at the Asulkan Cabin. (B, D)

DAY 4 – Full Day Tour, Descend to the Road

Our last day, we pack up our stuff at the hut and head out for another full day of ski touring, skiing back out to the Asulkan Trailhead at the end of the day.

Need rental gear? Items with the RENT link are available through us.

SKI EQUIPMENT
Skis with touring bindings – AT, tele, or splitboard: Your setup needs to be suitable for uphill touring and downhill skiing/riding.
Boots: AT, tele or snowboard boots.
Poles: Adjustable poles with powder baskets.
Climbing skins: Fit to skis.
Ski crampons: Specific to your setup.

PACK & SLEEPING BAG
Overnight pack: 45-60+ liters with some method of ski attachment.
Day pack: Optional for day 1.
 Sleeping bag: Down or synthetic, rated to 20° F (+/- 10° depending how warm you sleep).
 Compression stuff sack

AVALANCHE SAFETY GEAR
Transceiver: Modern, single frequency [457 khz] transceiver, preferably less than five years old. A digital 3-antennae model is highly recommended. RENT
 Shovel: A metal blade and extendable handle are recommended. RENT
Probe: Dedicated probe, ski pole probes are not sufficient. RENT

TECHNICAL GEAR
Ice axe: Lightweight 50-60cm mountaineering axe. RENT
Harness: Lightweight alpine harness with adjustable leg loops. For safety reasons, your harness needs to be less than 10 years old and in good condition. RENT
(2) Locking carabiners: Pear shaped recommended.
(3) Non-locking carabiners: Wire gate recommended.
Cordalette: 5-6m (15-20’) of 6-7mm nylon cord.

UPPER BODY
There are many possible layering combinations for your upper body. Use the following recommendations as guidelines:
Baselayer top: Light to medium weight synthetic fabric.
Lightweight insulating layer: Light fleece or synthetic layer.
Softshell or shell jacket with hood: For wind, snow, rain, cold, etc.
Puffy (insulated) jacket: Synthetic or down with a hood.

LOWER BODY
Baselayer bottoms: Medium weight.
Ski pants: Softshell is preferable for touring.
Socks: Wool or synthetic, they should work well with your ski boots. Keep in mind that warmth comes from good circulation, not heavy socks. Your ski boot liners provide plenty of insulation.

HEAD
 Sunglasses: Glacier glasses or dark tinted wrap-arounds, should have full UV protection.
 Goggles (optional): Preferably with low light lenses (amber or rose) and UV protection.
Warm hat
Sun hat: Baseball cap, visor, etc – Weather dependent.
Face protection: Buff® recommended.
Helmet (optional)

HANDS
Light glove: For touring.
Ski glove

MISCELLANEOUS
 Sunscreen: SPF 30 or greater.
 Lip balm: With SPF protection.
 Water bottles(s) or hydration system: Should have a screw top (no bike bottles); hydration system should have an insulated tube.
 Camera: Don’t forget extra batteries.
 Extra batteries: For your transceiver, camera, etc.
 Headlamp RENT

LUNCH FOOD
See Details.

OPTIONAL ITEMS
Repair kit: We suggest carrying a small repair kit with items specific to your ski or splitboard equipment. Extra binding parts (including mounting screws), an extra tip loop for your skins, an extra pole basket, etc. Other great MacGyver items are bailing wire, zip ties, and duct tape.
Wax: For skis and to prevent snow from glomming onto your skins.

FOR THE HUTS (OPTIONAL)
☐ Hut shoes: Down booties or Sanuks work well.
☐ Book
☐ iPod
☐ Journal

This trip is open to individuals in excellent physical condition, with “advanced” downhill skiing or riding ability, and previous ski touring experience. Participants should feel comfortable on black diamond terrain in ski areas, skiing in a variety of off-piste (ungroomed) snow conditions.

Participants should be able to ascend and descend 4,000′ vertical feet in a day of backcountry touring while carrying a 15-20 lb day pack, or 3,000′ vertical feet in a day carrying a 35-40lb overnight pack.

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE

Cost Includes

    • Guiding and instruction with an AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide
    • Breakfasts and dinners at the huts
    • 4:1 ratio (5:1 max)
    • Hut fees
    • Parks Canada overnight fees
    • Group equipment: ropes, safety gear, etc.

Not Included

    • Transportation to and from Rogers Pass (carpooling may be an option)
    • Personal equipment
    • Lunch food
    • Parks Canada parking fees
    • Lodging before and after the trip

Where to Meet

Rogers Pass Discovery Center, Rogers Pass, British Columbia.

Google maps link

Permits

Three different types of permits are required for skiing at Rogers Pass, and your guide will help facilitate acquiring these:

Winter Permits: Rogers Pass is home to the world’s largest mobile avalanche control system in the world (using artillery). The winter permit system is designed to help backcountry skiers coexist with the need to protect the Trans Canada Highway and the Canadian Pacific Railway. These permits are free.

Wilderness Pass: Fee for overnighting in Glacier National Park. This is included in the trip cost.

Park Pass: Park entry/vehicle fee. Not included in the trip cost.

Travel

Air
The closest international airports are located in Kelowna, BC (3 hr drive) and Calgary, AB (4 hr drive).

Car
Drive times from the US (can be slowed at the border):

From Calgary, AB: 4 hrs
From Vancouver, BC: 6.5 hrs
From Seattle, WA: 8 hrs
From Coeur d’Alene, ID: 7 hrs
From Missoula, MT: 8 hrs

Bus
Greyhound Bus Lines connects cities along the Trans Canada Highway including Revelstoke and Golden.

Accomodations

Revelstoke and Golden are the closest towns to Rogers Pass.

Revelstoke (about 50 minutes from Rogers Pass)

Golden (about 1 hour from Rogers Pass)

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your program. Note that many plans require you purchase insurance within 21 days of your initial deposit.

Travel Guard
TravelEx

Resources

Weather & Avalanche Resources

Books

Maps


Location
Rogers Pass, BC, Canada

Duration
4 days

Group Size / Ratio
5 Skiers / 5:1 max

Dates
Jan 25-28, 2015 3 spots left
Feb 19-22, 2015
Mar 18-21, 2015 FULL
Mar 22-25, 2015

Cost
$895 per person

Custom Trips
For custom availability,
email us or give us a call
at (888) 674-8492

+Custom Cost
4 days
1:1 – $1780
2:1 – $1320/person
3:1 – $980/person
4:1 – $840/person

Custom Request Form
Custom Info
Custom Rates

Register