Top three reasons to backcountry ski in Rogers Pass
Deep powder, big vertical and unparalleled amounts of snow
Renowned for its easy access to fresh, untracked champagne powder
Descents a mile long, draw in skiers and splitboarders from all over the world
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. If you want to know more about backcountry skiing in Rogers Pass, read about Where to Find The Best Backcountry Skiing in Rogers Pass written by Greg Hill – ACMG Ski Guide extraordinaire and emission free adventurer.
December to April
Book as many days as you want
Rogers Pass is between Revelstoke and Golden — both about an hour away
Intermediate to advanced
Most Popular Itineraries
Powder Skiing for Intermediate and Advanced Skiers
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.
Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:
- 8:00 am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location for introductions and going over the day’s plan
- 8:30 am: Head to the location of your backcountry ski tour
- 9:00 am – 4:00 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
- 4:30 pm: Back to the cars for debriefing and high fives
Advanced Ski Tours & Mountaineering Objectives
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.
Meet your guides
ACMG Ski Guide, Advanced First Aid, CAA Avalanche OperationsLevel 2, Hiking GuideACMG Ski Guide, Advanced First Aid, CAA Avalanche OperationsLevel 2, Hiking Guide
ACMG Ski Guide, Advanced First Aid, CAA Avalanche OperationsLevel 2, Hiking Guide · 18 years of experience
ACMG Ski Guide
ACMG Ski Guide · 8 years of experience
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.
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.
Things to know
COVID-19 measures in Rogers Pass
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!
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
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.
For the enjoyment and safety of everyone involved, participants must be approved to participate in advanced backcountry skiing tours either through a previous trip with the guiding service or through recommendations.
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.
What about required equipment and rentals?
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 can be rented from Revelstoke Powder Rentals
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from Revelstoke Powder Rentals
- Splitboards can be rented from Revelstoke Powder Rentals
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
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)
- 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
- Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-45L bag)
- Camera — optional
Group sizes and age requirements
Groups 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.
Min. age requirements:
- 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.
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.