THE WAPTA TRAVERSE
"The Haute Route of North America".
The Wapta Traverse, often called “the Haute Route of North America”, is a classic ski traverse linking an alpine hut system along the crest of the Canadian Rockies. The traverse crosses the Wapta Icefields, along the border of BC and Alberta, in Banff and Yoho National Parks.
We typically spend 6 days on the traverse, moving between huts from north to south, exploring the impressive skiing terrain in the vicinity of each hut. The huts are set up with comfortable mattresses and kitchen supplies – aside from day touring equipment we only need to carry sleeping bags and food.
Distances between huts on the Wapta are generally not more than half a day, and we use each hut as a base for exploration. For much of our time ski touring on the Wapta Traverse we carry light day packs, whether skiing long, north facing powder runs or summiting one of the beautiful peaks along the traverse.
We meet in Lake Louise, AB. Calgary is 2 hours away and is the closest major airport. Great Falls, MT is a 7 hr drive. Seattle is a 10 hr drive.
DAY 1 — Ski in to Peyto Hut
DAY 2 — Traverse to Bow Hut, ski Mt. Rhondda en route
DAY 3 — Traverse to Balfour Hut, ski Mt. Gordon en route
DAY 4 — Layover at Balfour Hut, powder skiing on nearby glacier
DAY 5 — Traverse Balfour High Col (crux) to Scott Duncan Hut
DAY 6 — Ski out to Trans-Canada Hwy
We offer the Wapta Traverse on a custom basis for private groups and individuals.
Please inquire (varies depending on group size).