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Trust your powder hound instincts, ditch the ski resorts, and get stoked for the backcountry slopes of Golden and Revelstoke! Neatly situated between the mountain ridges of British Columbia and blessed with untold amounts of champagne powder, these towns are synonymous with top-notch backcountry skiing. Choosing among countless legendary locations in the Rogers Pass, Purcells, and the Rocky Mountains, this 5-day ski camp gives you the chance to combine every type of terrain possible—while enjoying the comforts of the town. Let your guide take you to the best deep powder stashes and steep lines, and get your adrenaline pumping with heli- and cat-accessed skiing near Golden and Revelstoke that will get you to the most incredible terrain in Canada—and the world. Find out more about backcountry skiing near Revelstoke from Greg Hill, an ACMG Ski Guide.

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Adventure highlights

  • 20+ meters (800+ inches) of snowfall per season

  • Comfort and flexibility of a town-based skiing program

  • Heli- and cat-assist means more time on the slopes around Golden and Revelstoke

Itinerary

Join your guide for a 5-day backcountry skiing trip and get a taste of the powder-laden slopes of Rogers Pass, Purcells, and the Rocky Mountains! This guided adventure is a ski camp based in Revelstoke and Golden, BC, meaning that each day you get to enjoy a different remote backcountry location far from ski resorts and return to the comfort of civilization. To get the absolute most of the world-renowned off-piste destinations near Golden and Revelstoke, BC, heli- and cat-assisted skiing make the itinerary even more exciting.

  • Get to one of these two classic ski towns (choose between Golden and Revelstoke with the help of your backcountry guides) and meet your ski guide at a local pub or restaurant. After doing a gear check and going over the plan for the next day, get some rest in your accommodation in town. Keep in mind that you get to plan each day of the trip together with your guide, meaning that the itinerary below is just a loose outline, allowing for more heli-skiing days around Golden and Revelstoke and other adjustments to match your desires and ability levels!

    View of a charming snow-covered street in Revelstoke, British Columbia.
  • Your day starts with driving to one of the trailheads pertaining to Rogers Pass. Boasting some of the best ski mountaineering accessible by roads anywhere, Rogers Pass is a true backcountry classic. 75 km (45 miles) from Revelstoke (a bit more from Golden) brings you to the famous Connaught Creek, Loop Brook, Asulkan, Illecillewaet, or Bostock trailheads. After a day of skiing, return to your accommodation and get some well-deserved rest.

    A group of backcountry skiers posing in the mountains near Revelstoke and Golden.
  • On Day 2, you’ll go further east to the Rocky Mountains, famous for alpine and tree skiing options, but lesser known than Roger’s Pass. The areas in Banff National Park and west of Lake Louise along the Icefield Parkway offer easy access to higher elevation skiing, with exciting couloirs, nonchalant bowls, and, most importantly, deep and stable snowpack. Once you return to the town, spend some quality time with other members of the group and return to your accommodation.

    A backcountry adventurer tree skiing in the off-piste areas near Revelstoke and Golden.
  • Snowcats, helicopters, and ski lifts are all options for maximizing fun, while minimizing the effort. Since some of the most spectacular ski tour options near Golden and Revelstoke cannot be accessed by roads, these options are also a necessity in order to experience nearby powdery areas in all their glory. The number of cat- and heli-skiing days in the backcountry of Golden and Revelstoke, BC can be increased if the group has the stoke for it.

    A backcountry skier roaming the remote ski touring destinations around Revelstoke and Golden accessed via heli and cat.
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Sawback Alpine Adventures
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Sawback Alpine Adventures
Sawback Alpine Adventures
Sawback was founded by Tom Wolfe in 1995, running mountain hiking trips for groups. Since then they have expanded programming to offer just about any mountaineering adventure you could imagine. Tom is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Sawback trips are guided by owner/operator Tom Wolfe along with a staff of certified IFMGA and ACMG guides.
Tom Wolfe
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Tom Wolfe
IFMGA/ACMG Certified Guide
Tom Wolfe is an ACMG/IFMGA-certified mountain guide who’s been guiding since moving to Canmore in 1995, the place he calls home. His winters consist of a mix of ski guiding at lodges, heli-ski operations, and remote backcountry destinations throughout western Canada. During the warmer months, Tom spends his days on water. He is a certified Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe Instructor and Wilderness Canoe Guide.
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Mike M (source: Tripadvisor)

I have been guided by Tom for over 10+ years. In that time we have been on numerous trips and every time when you think that the trip couldn’t be better it does. Tom’s attention to safety when in the backcountry is the definition of professional and never once have I felt that anything we did was unsafe. If there is ever a question about terrain that we are entering, Tom takes the time to explain to the group his decision making process. On top of that Tom has a sense of where the good snow is and always seems to lead us to the powder. All of our trips have been well organized and the booking process is very easy. I would highly recommend any trip that Tom is involved with.

Iwona Erskine-Kellie (source: Google Reviews)

Best skiing of my life! Awesome people, fantastic guides, and superb choice of terrain, and let us not forget all that delicious food. I will come back for more!

Daniel Friedmann (source: Google Reviews)

Excellent guiding, planning, hospitality and safe skiing. we are repeat customers now!

Eric Despain (source: Google Reviews)

Tom is a top notch guide! In addition to delivering a great ski touring trip, he is a fun person to hang out with back at the lodge. I feel safe touring with Tom.

Ryan Fox (source: Google Reviews)

I’ve done several trips and courses with Tom. He’s a fantastic guide. He has a tonne of knowledge, sets a friendly atmosphere on trips, and really works to make trips as good as he can for everyone on them.

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Golden and Revelstoke, please refer to the Tourism Golden or British Columbia websites.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get in this adventure:

      • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 5 days of guided backcountry ski touring

    What’s not included:

      • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment (can be rented)
      • Transportation to and from Golden or Revelstoke
      • Transportation to the trailheads, ski resorts, or the heliports during the trip
      • Food and snacks
      • Accommodations
      • Ski passes
      • Machine-accessed skiing costs for up to three days of the trip: 
        • $350 for a day of heli-assisted skiing
        • $250 for a day of cat-assisted skiing
  • In order to enjoy this backcountry ski trip based in Golden or Revelstoke, you need to have an excellent level of fitness as this tour includes 5 days of ski touring. Your guide will choose the appropriate pace and terrain for your group, but you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions and be able to ski uphill for a few hours at a time carrying a loaded daypack. Ski runs will be of intermediate difficulty, which generally means that you should be comfortable and experienced on black diamond runs in the backcountry, even if it means taking your time, and in a variety of conditions (icy, deep powder, breakable crust). Cat-assist and heli-skiing around Golden and Revelstoke also mean that you will ski in more demanding terrain at higher altitudes. Keep in mind that you will have an experienced guide by your side who will help you in any way possible if you encounter any difficulties.

  • To participate in this guided ski touring adventure near Golden and Revelstoke, you need to have previous backcountry skiing experience. You will be skiing, touring, and summiting on glaciated terrain for 5-7 hours every day. Your guide will take care of the planning, oversee your technique, and teach you how to better manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training necessary to keep you safe. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, we recommend checking out the beginner options in Golden you can choose from.

  • For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

      • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
      • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
      • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
        • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
        • Lightweight snow shovel
        • Avalanche probe
      • Glacier gear
        • Harness for glacier travel 
        • 3 lightweight locking carabiners
        • 3 lightweight non-locking carabiners
        • 2 6mm by 5m prusik cord (7mm cord is generally too thick!)
        • 120cm sewn climbing sling (Dyneema or Spectra blends)
        • Lightweight ice axe without a leash
      • Skin wax (or a candle)
      • Ski crampons (can be rented)
      • Binding repair items

    For personal items, we recommend bringing:

      • Helmet
      • Head lamp with good batteries
      • Sunglasses or ski goggles
      • Gloves and hat
      • Long underwear top – synthetic or wool 
      • Pair of wool or synthetic socks and liner socks
      • Pair wool or synthetic underwear
      • Long underwear bottoms – synthetic or wool
      • Light fleece or wool sweater
      • Lightweight wind jacket – nylon or ‘Schoeller’
      • Waterproof and breathable shell jacket
      • Warm insulated jacket – down or synthetic
      • Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants
      • Waterproof breathable shell pants (full zip is best)
      • Down or synthetic camp booties — optional
      • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
      • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
      • Insulated water bottle and 1.5-2L of water
      • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
      • Plastic eating cup (500 to 750ml)
      • Snacks and food you can eat on-the-go
      • First-aid kit
      • Hygiene kit – wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hand lotion
      • A roll of toilet paper and lighter in a Ziplock bag
      • Handkerchief
      • Personal blister kit and/or tape
      • Pocket knife
      • Sunscreen
      • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
      • Dry bag to line your backpack
      • Duffel bag
      • Camera — optional
  • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent: 

    Ski rental locations are in Golden (Higher Ground Sports) and Revelstoke (Powder Rentals), BC, and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

  • Group sizes and pricing:

      • For this adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. All prices are per person and they don’t change as the group grows.
      • Since the camp is not private, solo backcountry skiers are more than welcome to join the tour! 

    Custom dates for ski touring in Revelstoke and Golden can be arranged for groups of 3 skiers or more. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

    If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Golden or Revelstoke, most people fly into Calgary International Airport which is a 3-hour drive away. From there you can rent a car or take a shuttle service connecting Calgary to the aforementioned towns. You’ll stay at your accommodations in either Golden or Revelstoke, heading out to ski tour at a new location each day.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary for your group, your guide will let you know the best place to meet each day, which will be at the trailhead, the ski resort, or heliport. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.

  • A deposit of 50% of the total price is due upon booking. Once your guide confirms your booking, your trip departure is guaranteed and second payment is due 90 days before the trip.

    If you need to cancel a reservation, please do so in writing (best by e-mail). Once your booking is confirmed, you and your Guides enter into financial obligations and they cannot refund payments or release you from your contractual obligations. Therefore, it is highly recommended buying cancellation insurance to cover your losses for the case that you can’t participate or have to interrupt your trip “for any reason”.

    Your Guides do reserve the right to change guides, particular lodging or the itinerary or venue should unforeseen circumstances (guide sickness, hut or route closing etc.) force them to do so or should the physical condition of the participants, weather or mountain conditions make a continuation as planned too risky. Your Guides will not be deemed to be in default for any delay or failure to perform their obligations under this agreement resulting from acts of God, the elements, war, acts of government, civil or military authorities, natural calamities, catastrophe, fire, flood, accidents, epidemics, shortage of transportation, or any other like events beyond our reasonable control.

    Secure your spot for the following season with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you’ll be the first one to know. Pick the month that suits you best and we’ll let you know once the dates are live—don’t risk missing out on your bucket list adventure!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the set dates for the following season are live, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.
      • Once the trip has been confirmed, the regular cancellation policy applies.
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