Rogers Pass, often synonymous with deep powder and long descents offers some of the most challenging and thrilling terrain in North America. From high glaciers to beautiful open bowls, tree skiing/snowboarding to small chutes, and steep adrenalin-fueled couloirs, the list is endless. Its proximity to the highway also gives you the flexibility to ski a range of different zones, aspects, and altitudes, providing a multitude of options for the intermediate to expert skier and splitboarder.
Our guides aim to find the best snow in the area while keeping safety as our priority. At the same time, you will be provided with tips on how to improve your powder skiing/snowboarding technique and widen your knowledge about travel in complex mountain terrain. Most importantly, we want to challenge you and have fun!
Departures can be set up on a private basis for individuals, families, or groups. Please contact us if you would like to arrange your own departure and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.
Day 1: 8:30 am (PST), we will meet at the Discovery Centre at Rogers Pass
- Welcome, introduction, goals and agenda, waivers
- Review weather and avalanche conditions
- Check and issue gear for the trip
- Companion rescue instruction and practice before entering avalanche terrain
- Review of efficient touring technique
- Complete a day tour at one of the hundreds of options the Revelstoke, Rogers Pass area has to offer!
- Introduce participants to ski touring in the Revelstoke, Rogers Pass Corridor
- Find as much good powder skiing/snowboarding as possible
- Refresh backcountry techniques and knowledge
- Have fun!
NOTE: If any guests/groups are interested in creating a lift-assisted backcountry ski program from the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, please contact us and we can put together a quote for you.
Instructors and Group Size
Our Roger’s Pass ski groups tend to be small.
Our instructors are certified professional ski guides who are licensed and trained to guide and instruct in the backcountry. There will be a maximum of 6 participants per guide and a maximum of 12 participants on the program. Minimum of 4 guests required (contact us directly if you have a smaller group).
Meeting Time and Place
Meet at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre at 8:30 am on the day of the program.
Please be dressed and ready for ski touring. As soon as we hit the trail, we will do an avalanche companion rescue refresher.
Transport to Revelstoke and/or Rogers Pass is not included in this program.
Revelstoke is 400km and Rogers Pass is 350km west of Calgary on the Trans Canada (#1) Highway. Calgary International Airport is regularly serviced by flights from Europe and throughout North America.
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation in Revelstoke is not included. A variety of accommodation options exist in Revelstoke. We recommend that you book your own accommodations well in advance as all levels of accommodations in Revelstoke up fill quickly.
You will be responsible for your own lunch and hot & cold beverages for the day.
Equipment and Clothing
Being prepared with the right clothing and equipment is a critical aspect of Alpine Touring or Split boarding in the backcountry. Please look through the list below and if you have any questions on clothing or equipment give us a call and we will be happy to assist.
Personal gear and clothing are your responsibility. We do have rentals available (indicated by an *) for the avalanche gear and can recommend providers of excellent Alpine Touring ski or splitboard rental equipment if needed.
Skis or Split board
Skis: Alpine Touring or Randonee skis that are designed for backcountry touring or a downhill ski designed for powder skiing. The length should be similar to what you are used to for downhill skiing and the width should be in the 90 – 115 mm range in the waist.
Bindings: Bindings allow for the release of the heel for touring up and locking down for the downhill runs. There are basically two types: Frame Bindings and Tech bindings.
- Frame bindings are almost the same as regular downhill bindings, but the toe and heel pieces are connected by a rail or frame to allow for a walking mode. Frame bindings have a release value setting which is similar to an ISO Din release. These need to be set for your weight and ski ability. Frame bindings are user-friendly but typically heavier than Tech Bindings.
- Tech Bindings use metal pins to hold the toes and heel of the boot in place. Tech compatible alpine touring boots are required for this set-up. They can be fiddlier to use if you aren’t familiar with them, but the advantage is that they are a lightweight system and can save almost a kilo of weight. Tech binding also operate with a release value that needs to be set for weight and skier ability.
Boots: Alpine Touring Ski Boots are designed for comfort, warmth, and performance with the ability to be switched between a walk mode and a downhill mode. Typically, AT boots will have a more grippy or lugged sole. They have two modes, walk, and downhill. When touring up track they are put in walk mode which allows the upper cuff to have a range of motion. When heading downhill the boot gets locked into a downhill mode which gives a forward lean and rigidity to the boot much like a normal downhill ski boot. If you have Tech bindings the AT boot must be pin-compatible (almost all are).
Splitboards: If you are a rider and proficient on a snowboard, the backcountry touring version is called a splitboard. This is a snowboard that can be split to make two ski-type platforms for touring on the uphill ascent. The bindings have two positions and can be switched depending on whether you are climbing or descending. Split boards also use climbing skins for the ascent. For the downhill, the board is reassembled or joined to be in snowboard (ride) mode. If you are new to this system, you will need to practice the transitions of switching the board from touring to riding and back again. Your enjoyment will be vastly greater if you are efficient and practiced with this transition.
Climbing Skins: These are adhesive nylon or mohair skins that are attached to the base of the ski or splitboard. They slide forward on the snow and grip to prevent sliding back. This enables you to climb angled terrain in the snow. Skins are cut to fit for length and width on skis and boards. Used for ascending and taken off for descending. Please make sure that your skins are properly fit to your skis or splitboard before arriving on the program.
Poles: Backcountry poles are often adjustable so that they can be lengthened for touring and adjusted shorter for the downhill. Splitboarders use adjustable poles to be shortened and carried on their pack for the descent. Make sure your poles have powder baskets on the tips.
Avalanche Gear: *Transceiver, Probe, and shovel can be rented from Yamnuska for this program
- *Avalanche Transceiver (avalanche beacon): A digital, three antennae transceiver. Check your batteries and level prior to coming to the program.
- *Avalanche Probe: Collapsible metal or carbon fibre avalanche probe with a minimum of 240 cm in length. Must fit in your daypack.
- *Avalanche Shovel: A metal-bladed (no plastic) collapsible avalanche shovel. Must fit in your daypack.
Other equipment needed:
- *Day pack: 30 to 40 litres in size. Must fit all of your gear, food, and spare clothing for the day.
- Sunglasses and ski goggles
- Ski Helmet: Recommended. Should fit in your pack or strap to the back of the pack for the ascents.
- Thermos or Water bottle
- Sunblock and lip protection cream: (SPF cream or chapstick type)
- Small Bister Kit and First Aid: Tape, second-skin pads, band-aids. Your guide will have a larger first aid kit for the trip.
- Small bottle of hand sanitizer
- Face Mask or covering
- Pocket Knife
- Small Repair Kit: extra straps, duct tape,
- Camera: Optional but nice to have
We suggest bringing lightweight clothing of varying thicknesses that can be ‘layered’ to achieve comfort and versatility. The most important consideration for clothing is the ability to regulate temperature as you change from periods of activity to periods of rest and from the ascent to the descent.
- Long underwear top and bottoms (light weight synthetic or wool blend)
- Warm pants (nylon blend, insulated, or fleece)
- Warm shirts (synthetic or wool blend)
- Medium weight fleece sweater or sweater
- Socks – ski socks (wool or synthetic)
- Fleece Jacket
- Light insulated jacket or vest
- Waterproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or nylon)
- Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex or nylon, with side zippers
- Parka or Puffy ( down or synthetic)
- Wool or fleece hat
- Ski mountaineering gloves or mitts
- Sunhat (ball cap)
Skis, Boots, Boards, Skins, & Poles can be rented from:
- Revelstoke: Revelstoke Powder Rentals – 709B Victoria Road West • Revelstoke (Tel: 250-814-4769)
- Calgary: Mountain Equipment Co-op. – 830-10 Ave. S.W. Calgary (Tel: 403 269-2420)
- Canmore: Gear Up – 1302 Bow Valley Trail (403 678-1636)
- Lake Louise: Wilson Mountain Sports – (1-866-929-3636)
Please note that your ‘DIN’ or ‘Release Value’ settings on your ski bindings are critical to your safety while skiing. Our expectation is that everyone arrives on programs with their ski binding’s release value correctly set. We have noted that due to liability concerns, some ski rental shops will not set release values on touring bindings. We advise you to rent from a shop that will set release values on your ski touring bindings unless you are proficient and comfortable setting your own DIN/release value. Failure to have Release Values correctly set could result in a serious injury.
Feel free to call our office at 403-678-4164, if you have any questions about appropriate clothing or gear for the course, and one of our reservations or operations staff will be happy to help you.
Please book as early as practical to avoid disappointment. We require full payment on booking.
It is wise to ensure that your health plan will cover you in case of illness or accident while here. Obtain extra coverage if necessary. There is no charge for a rescue so long as you have a valid National Park Entry Pass.
Please make yourself familiar with our detailed booking instructions and conditions.
Risk is an inherent part of all mountain activities. We strive to manage and reduce it however, it is impossible to totally eliminate. Learn more about our safety and risk management approach here. Please note that you will be required to sign our waiver before commencing the program. Please view our sample waiver copy.
There are two basic types of insurance that most travellers need to consider: Medical and Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance. We offer our guests coverage for both and highly recommend you purchase it.
Emergency Medical Expenses Insurance:
It is wise to ensure that your health plan will cover you in case of illness or accident during your trip. Obtain extra coverage if necessary. There is no charge for rescue in the national and provincial parks, however, costs such as air or ground transportation, long-term care, and other services are not covered.
Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance:
We recognize that our guests’ schedules may change for many reasons; business, family, flight delays, injuries, and other unplanned events. For these eventualities, Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance is a great way to protect your investment.
For all your travel insurance requirements we recommend the Simpson Group. This agency offers a wide range of travel insurance options including Trip Cancellation/Interruption, Travel Medical, and Personal Effect Loss for Canadian Travelers. We highly recommend purchasing this insurance. For more information and to purchase a plan, visit the Simpson Group’s website.
Please note that this coverage is for Canadian residents only. For guests who are not from Canada and who are interested in the ‘Visitors to Canada’ insurance package please contact the Simpson Group directly at JSimpson@simpson-group.com and reference your Yamnuska Mountain Adventure trip.
Departures can be set up on a private basis for individuals, families, or groups. Please contact us if you would like to arrange your own departure.
$220 CDN per person with a minimum of 4 guests.
Please contact us directly for a quote for smaller groups.
Includes ski guiding in the Roger’s Pass/Revelstoke area. Goods & Services Tax (GST) is extra.
Not included: ski equipment, avalanche safety equipment, transportation, lunch and beverages.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.
This complex backcountry ski program is limited to participants 19 years and older unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and in which case approval must be given by Yamnuska Mountain Adventures’ chief guide.
Roger’s Pass and Revelstoke skiers must have backcountry skiing and ski touring experience and be advanced or intermediate skiers in very good physical condition. In the Yamnuska context, a minimum would be prior participation on ‘Intro to Backcountry Skiing‘, or ‘AST 2‘or equivalent training and experience.
‘Advanced or intermediate’ means that you are comfortable making parallel turns on most terrain in most snow conditions at a ski hill and that you have enough ski skills to deal safely with all but the most extreme terrain found at a ski hill (that is to say you can stop, turn around, then traverse out of areas you can’t handle).
You must be in very good aerobic shape, as you will have to ‘skin’ up everything you ski down. You will get a good workout each day from ski touring uphill, so you need to be ready for big elevation days. You will be skiing with a daypack containing your lunch, water, avalanche gear, and spare clothing. This program is not suitable for those new to ski touring.
Skiers and Splitboarders should be competent with their transitions switching from ski tour mode to downhill mode, kick turns, and side-hilling. Splitboarders should be comfortable skiing downhill on lower angle traversing terrain in the valley bottoms.