Beautiful Canmore / Banff Backcountry Ski Touring & Splitboarding - MSAA
Banff / Canmore

Rockies Backcountry Ski & Splitboard Tours

Skiing Powder Canada - Backcountry Freeride Ski Touring


  • Private groups (from 1 person up to 6 ppl): $749

Location: Rockies and Selkirks   Duration: 1 Day   Fitness: Very Good   Ability: Beginner   Prerequisites: None  

One day chasing perfect powder in a backcountry hot-spot. Powder hounds is all about getting yourself beyond the resort boundaries and into the backcountry. Our expert guides take you into the backcountry to ski powder all season long.

Looking for a private tour? Contact us for rates.

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Offered daily. Please click on Book Now to choose a date. Available November – April.

For the booking within 72 hours, please contact or call 1-855-938-9242.

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Adventure Information

Guided backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the Canadian Rockies

Private group rates are available!

Powder hounds is all about getting yourself beyond the resort boundaries and into the backcountry. Our expert guides take you into the backcountry to ski powder all season long.

No lift queues, no crowds, no groomed runs – just endless powder.

This trip is suitable for all levels – our guides seek out objectives that offer runs for intermediate or advanced skiers.

You should feel comfortable skiing or riding on blue runs at the hill.

No backcountry experience is necessary however you should be ‘hiking fit’.

Our guides will take you up objectives that offer a variety of routes down meaning that intermediate and advanced skiers will never be pushed beyond their comfort zone, unless they want to be.

So whether you’re a proficient resort boarder looking to strap on a splitboard or a occasional backcountry skier looking to find a great place for day trips, look no further than our Powder Hounds Day Trip!

Looking for something more advanced? Check out Rogers Pass 

Dates: Available daily from November to May. Book now to choose


  • Kananaskis
  • Banff
  • Yoho
  • Kootenay National Parks

Duration: 1 full day

  • Meet your guide at the Rocky Mountain Bagel Co shop, for 8:00am.
  • Trip briefing and equipment/gear check.
  • Pick up any rental equipment from Gear Up.
  • Carpool to choice powder location.
  • Lunch break around noon.
  • Ski/ride until 4:00pm then return to Canmore.


  • Warm top and bottom under layers and socks
  • Mid layer fleece top
  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
  • Helmet and warm hat
  • Balaklava
  • 2 pairs of gloves, optional mittens
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Bathing suit (sauna)


  • 35-40L backpack
  • Touring Skis / splitboard
  • Ski / snowboard boots
  • Skins
  • Ski poles
  • Ski crampons (late spring only)
  • Avalanche Safety Kit (transceiver, probe, shovel)
  • Mountaineering axe
  • Harness
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Ski goggles
  • First aid kit and blister kit
  • Glop stopper (spring skiing)
  • Ski scraper
  • Map, compass, GPS (all optional)

Transport to Field Locations

Participants in this tour will meet their guide at an agreed time and location, usually a local cafe, in Canmore by 8:00am. From there, you will be expected to have private transport to get to the tour location. If you don’t have private transport we can arrange transport with the guide for an added cost.

Accommodation in Canmore

Accommodation is not included in the course price however we offer significantly discounted pricing arrangements through a selection of local providers ranging from hostel dorm beds to hotel suites.

If you require accommodation in Canmore for the length of your course please let us know when you register and we can make the arrangements. Often course participants split the cost of a room and are able to enjoy the amenity of a full service hotel at the price of a hostel dorm bed.

Food for Backcountry Field Days

Please make sure you pack plenty of high energy food and snacks as well as fluids to keep you at your best all day long. There are plenty of restaurants and supermarkets in Canmore, and if you completely forget we start the day at a local coffee shop so you’ll be able to grab something for lunch from there. A thermos of tea or coffee is also a great idea.

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).

Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.

Emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:

All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept credit card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability.  *Does not apply to First Aid and Wilderness First Aid courses.

Late Arrival Policy

Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tour price, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.


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