Wapta Traverse - Banff and Canmore - Rockies
Banff / Canmore

Wapta Traverse

Group Skiers Wapta Traverse


  • Cost:
  • Adult $1799

Location: Wapta Icefields   Duration: 5 Days   Fitness: Good   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: AST 1  

Savor a breathtaking hut to hut traverse of the Wapta Icefields, shredding some powder along the way! In this all inclusive multiday package you will experience stunning views as you cover over 50 km of glaciated terrain and ski 3000m peaks.

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Adventure Information

Wapta Traverse

Savor a breathtaking hut to hut traverse of the Wapta Icefields, shredding some powder along the way!

In this all inclusive multiday package you will experience stunning views as you cover over 50 km of glaciated terrain and ski 3000m peaks.

Depending on the length of your trip, you will stay overnight in either three or all four Alpine Club of Canada huts: Pyeto hut, Bow hut, Balfour hut and Scott Duncan hut.

Custom Tailor your adventure

We take great pride in being able to offer our guests a completely custom tailored adventure. Tell us what you want and we will organize it to the finest detail in order to create a perfect trip for you. If you prefer easy days and moderate terrain with scenic viewpoints, we can accommodate you. If your goal is to ski mountaineer and summit as many peaks as possible, we can do it. Perhaps you are a powder hound, and your goal is to ski the best lines on the Wapta – follow your guide to the goods! Most of our guests want a mix of the above and generally this is what we organize by default.

We can also turn this trip into a Ski touring/glacier travel and crevasse rescue course. If this interests you, please inquire.Â

Trip length

Choose among four, five and seven day trips. On the four day trip we stay at 3 huts and comfortably finish the traverse beginning from Peyto and skiing out of either Sherbrooke Lake or the Bath Glacier. On the five and seven day trips we go to all 4 huts and either take our time or use up the extra days going further afield exploring, skiing and summiting.

Who are your guides?

Your guides are certified to the highest level of professional mountain certification in the world; IFMGA Mountain Guide or ACMG Ski Guide certification. We also are locals and know the Wapta intimately. We are all professional members of the Canadian Avalanche Association. This combination of expertise allows us to pick the best routes, find the best skiing, navigate our way in whiteout conditions as well as keep you safe if the avalanche hazard is high.

This is a sample itinerary of a typical 5-day trip. There are 4, 6 and 7 day packages available.

Day 1

  • 07:00 Meet at Rocky Mountain Bagel Co., Bow Valley Trail, Canmore
  • Course intro and equipment check
  • Carpool to Peyto Lake Parking via car shuttle at Sherbrooke Lake
  • Companion rescue practice and safety debrief
  • Ski into Peyto Hut via the Peyto Glacier discussing glacier travel along the way.

Day 2

  • Ski to Bow Hut with an ascent of Mt Rhondda along the way.

Day 3

  • Ski to Balfour Hut via Mt St. Nicholas peak or Mt. Olive.

Day 4

  • Ski down to Scott Ducan hut. On the way we explore the Waputik glacier with many summit options along the way.

Day 5

  • We lose about 1000 meters in this fun ski down to Sherbrooke Lake and then back to the highway.

General Equipment

  • Backcountry ski/snowboard boots
  • Backcountry skis/snowboard
  • Skins
  • Ski poles
  • Ski goggles
  • Ski crampons
  • Mountaineering axe
  • Light crampons
  • Avalanche Safetty Kit (transceiver, shovel, probe)
  • Harness
  • Headlamp
  • Spare batteries for beacon and headlamp
  • First Aid Kit with blister kit

Glacier Travel Kit (available for rent)

  • 3 locking carabiners
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • 2 x 5m 7mm prussik
  • 1 x 120cm sling
  • 1 ice screw
  • 1.5m prussik


  • Glop stopper
  • Ski scraper
  • Compass
  • Map
  • GPS

Clothing and sleeping gear

  • Warm top and bottom under layers and socks
  • Mid layer fleece top
  • Optional soft shell top
  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
  • Warm hat
  • Optional balaklava or neck tube
  • 2 pairs of gloves. Mittens optional
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Mid-weight (3 season) sleeping bag (you do not require a 4 season sleeping bag as the huts get quite warm at night)
  • Toilet paper
  • Matches/lighter
  • Light toileteries
  • Camera
  • Reading material
  • Medication if applicable

Note: the following group gear will be provided by the Guide

  • Rope
  • Anchor material
  • V-thread
  • Ice screws
  • Lighweight sled rescue kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Radio
  • Maps
  • GPS

Food Logistics

Breakfast, lunch, apres ski appetizer, supper, desserts, snacks and beverages are included. All meals are provided by Backcountry Bistro which is unmatched in their quality and lightweight packaging. The food is specially prepared for each trip according to each persons dietary needs. It is dehydrated and vacuum packed. There is also fresh food included.
All huts are equipped with cooking and eating amenities.

Accommodation Logistics

Dormitory style accommodation at the Alpine Club of Canada huts. Comfortable foam pads are provided but you will need your own sleeping bags.

Transportation Logistics

Transportation is not included.

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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.

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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 48 hours of start time:  Cancellation will result in a 100% forfeit of tour price, no rescheduling.
  • More than 48 hours:  $25 rescheduling & refunding fee (per booking).
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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