December through April
Ski tours will run in the Rockies, between Golden and Canmore
Beginner to advanced
Join a day tour and ski the best backcountry in Canada
Join a small group of skiers and riders for backcountry day tours in the Canadian Rockies. These are objective based days with backcountry education being a large part of the outing. With a certified guide, experience more committing backcountry terrain and level up your avalanche safety knowledge. Ski tours will take place in Kananaskis Country, Banff and Kootenay National Parks, Golden and Canmore areas.
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Backcountry Skiing Day Tours in the Candian Rockies
Join your guide and a small group of skiers and riders of similar ability on a backcountry splitboarding or skiing tour in the Canadian Rockies! Get into the mountains and experience more challenging terrain under the guidance of a fully certified ACMG ski/board guide. Learn from professionals, ski with other adventure-minded individuals and get in some great runs. Objectives being dependent on conditions, and your guide will choose the best location for maximum powder and safety.
Day tours in the Rockies will be dependent on snow and avalanche conditions and on the experience level of the group. Days will be customized to ensure the best experience for all those involved. In general, your day will look like:
- 8:00 am: You will meet your guide on the day of your tour at the location determined beforehand. This year, most tours are taking place around the Lake Louise area. You’ll do a quick equipment check and go over the plan for the day.
- 9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Your group will convoy to the trailhead, where you’ll gear up, go over safety considerations, and spend the day backcountry skiing on routes selected to best suit your group, stopping for lunch and breaks as needed.
- 4:00 pm: Back to the cars for debriefing and high fives
Things you need to know
Covid measures in the Canadian Rockies
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 travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Golden, please refer to the Alberta and British Columbia government 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
- A full day of backcountry ski touring
- Free avy gear rental
What’s not included:
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
- Trip insurance
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a good level of fitness and ability to comfortably tour at a mellow pace for 4-6 hours. While there is terrain for all skill levels and you’ll be matched with similarly experienced skiers or riders, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions.
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
What equipment do I need to bring?
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 is included in the price, but bring your own if you have it:
- Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
- Lightweight snow shovel
- Avalanche probe
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Head lamp with good batteries
- Sunglasses or ski goggles
- Gloves and hat
- Long underwear top – synthetic or wool (light colors are good)
- Light fleece or wool sweater
- Lightweight wind jacket – nylon or ‘Schoeller’
- Waterproof – breathable shell jacket
- Warm insulated jacket – down or synthetic
- Pair of wool or synthetic socks and liner socks
- Pair wool or synthetic underwear
- Long underwear bottoms – synthetic or wool
- Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants
- Waterproof breathable shell pants (full zip is best)
- Down or synthetic camp booties — optional
- 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
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- First-aid kit
- Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
- Camera — optional
Can I rent equipment?
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
- Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe will be made available to you by your guides for free
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from Higher Ground Sports in Golden, GearUp Mountain Sports in Canmore and Ultimate Banff in Banff.
- Splitboards can also be rented from Higher Ground Sports in Golden, GearUp Mountain Sports in Canmore and Ultimate Banff in Banff.
Ski rentals 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.
What can I expect from skiing with a guide?
A certified ski guide will take all of the guesswork out of your time in the backcountry. From tour planning to route selection, terrain management, avalanche safety, and gear knowledge, your guide’s expertise and backcountry experience will ensure you have an unforgettable ski touring adventure.
It doesn’t matter your skill level, whether you’ve never backcountry skied or you’re seasoned on the slopes, skiing with a guide has its advantages. Your techniques will sharpen, you’ll learn how to navigate terrain safely, make smart decisions, and most of all, you’ll remain safe in unfamiliar terrain.
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
For this adventure, you will be joining a group and the max client to guide ratio is 6:1. The cost is per person.
Backcountry ski tours in the Canadian Rockies can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this backcountry skiing adventure.
- Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
Mitigating avalanche risk is paramount for any excursion in the backcountry — that’s why it’s best to tour with a guide! Rest assured, your guide will set objectives that are attainable for the weather conditions on that particular day. Of course, inclement weather can always get in the way of backcountry skiing, but your guide will know the best course of action to take if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable, safe alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your backcountry ski tour to a more favorable day.
If backcountry skiing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
Do I need an insurance policy?
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Expedition Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.