Rogers Pass | British Columbia

Backcountry Skiing in Rogers Pass

Season

December to April

Nearest city

Rogers Pass is between Revelstoke and Golden — both about an hour away

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Deep powder, long descents and unparalleled amounts of snow

Rogers Pass is renowned for its easy access to fresh, untracked champagne powder. With 33 feet of snowfall dropping annually and around 140 slide paths open for backcountry use, the complex terrain, expansive tree skiing, and descents a mile long, draw in skiers and splitboarders from all over the world. Whether you’re looking for a fun, challenging day of ski touring or an advanced backcountry adventure, the Selkirk Mountains will deliver the experience of a lifetime.

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A Customized Day of Private Guided Backcountry Skiing

From $750 · Full-day

Let a guide plan the perfect day in the backcountry skiing capital of Canada. Get ready for a day of deep, silky Selkirk powder tailored just for your group. Explore the 8812 Bowl up Connaught Creek, the Lizard Moraine, Swiss Couloir, or any of the other unique descents. Whether it’s tree skiing, couloirs or alpine glaciers you’re looking for, the opportunities are endless in Rogers Pass.

Advanced Tours & Ski Mountaineering

From $750 · Full-day

Advanced skiers and splitboarders are rewarded in this challenging backcountry ski destination. Experience the thrill of tight couloirs and steep descents and let your guide show you the most exciting off-piste spots. Tour the Illecillewaet and Asulkan Valleys to the highest mountain on Rogers Pass and ski from Youngs Peak all the way down, or choose another objective like the 3000-foot run Bonney Moraines— the options are endless

Things you need to know

Covid measures in Rogers Pass, BC

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 Devils Tower, WY, please refer to the Parks Canada website.

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!

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Why should I go backcountry skiing?

Nothing beats the rush you’ll get from laying down first tracks on an incredible route with nothing but endless terrain laying before you. Alpine peaks, open bowls, steep and secluded tree shots, cruisy, mellow runs — it’s all out there waiting to be explored in the backcountry. You’ll spend less time waiting in chairlift lines and more time skiing, so leave the crowded resort behind and head off-piste for some of the best powder you’ll ever experience!

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.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

Backcountry skiing in Rogers Pass is for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers. The terrain is challenging and technical, requiring controlled descents in sometimes tricky environments. Beginners in the backcountry or those with blue level resort experience should consider an introduction to backcountry skiing with a guide in Revelstoke or Golden.
sn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with blue level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry.

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

  • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • A full day of backcountry ski touring

What’s not included:

  • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
  • Trip insurance
  • National Parks Pass
  • For certain tours, you must obtain a Winter Permit
  • Transportation

How fit do I need to be?

In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a good level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day and need to be ready to ascend up to 3.5 hours total throughout the day. While there is terrain for all skill levels in Revelstoke, BC, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on blue level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

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 (can be rented):
    • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
    • Lightweight snow shovel
    • Avalanche probe
    • Harness for glacier travel

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

  • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-tex recommended)
  • Ski pants (Gore-tex recommended)
  • Helmet
  • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
  • Down jacket or vest
  • Gloves and hat
  • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
  • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
  • Water bottle and 1L of water
  • The food you can eat on-the-go
  • Sunglasses or ski goggles
  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-45L bag)
  • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

The rental gear location is in Revelstoke 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

What’s the itinerary?

Your backcountry ski tour will be fully customized to match your skill level and objectives. You and your guide will discuss route selection and length, skills development, and whatever else you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan the perfect day tailored just for you taking into consideration factors such as weather and snow conditions.

Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:

  • 7:30 am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location and talk about your goals for the day (usually at your accommodation, local cafe or the ski tour area)
  • 8:00 am: Head to the location of your backcountry ski tour
  • 8:30 am – 3:30 pm: 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

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 group sizes and pricing?

  • For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 5:1.
  • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to backcountry ski with friends and family.
  • Ski touring in Rogers Pass can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

Inclement weather and unexpected storms are normal in British Columbia. 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.

Cancellation policy

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 Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) 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 zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

For backcountry skiing in Rogers Pass, most people stay in Golden or Revelstoke. Calgary International Airport (YYC) is the closest international airport to fly into. Once in Golden or Revelstoke, Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass are accessible by car or charter bus in just under an hour.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, usually at a local cafe, your accommodations or the ski area.

Reviews

Adam is one of the best guides out there
Johnny K. about Adam Zok

Regardless of your goals for a trip you really can’t go wrong hiring him. He has a plethora of knowledge around snow science/avalanche safety as well as tips and tricks around the snow sports industry as he regularly gets out skiing with some of the biggest name athletes in the skiing world.

I have always felt safe when in the outdoors with Greg.
Jennifer D. about Greg Hill

I live in the area he primarily guides yet he has shown me new areas almost every time we have gone out together. Be it rock climbing or backcountry skiing/snowboarding we always have a great time. He is the best insurance policy I have that makes sure I am safe and have a great time.

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