The Wapta Traverse is the ‘Haute Route’ of the Rockies with big peaks, enormous glaciers, and huts!
The Wapta Traverse is a ski traverse that travels along the continental divide, otherwise known as the B.C. Alberta border. Several huts along the traverse and variations of the traverse are possible. The trip starts along the Icefields Parkway and ends at the Trans Canada Highway near Field B.C. or Lake Louise, Alberta. It is a Canadian classic that takes four to five days to complete.
The Wapta Traverse is the 'Haute Route' of the Rockies with big peaks, enormous glaciers, and huts! The terrain is mostly moderate and reasonable for intermediate skiers. The vistas are always spectacular (unless the weather rolls in!) Many peaks are begging to be bagged along the way, and some epic descents are possible!
Mid-March to late April is the high season in the Rockies and the best time to complete this traverse.
We are planning two trips to the Wapta for the spring of 2023. Adventures include the "Classic Wapta" over Balfour High Col and the Bow Yoho Traverse, which visits the new "Guy" hut.
Dates and trip costs are listed below. Select the blue WAPTA TRAVERSE APPLICATION button below and take your first step towards this incredible experience. For more information, check out our Mountain Conditions Report from our Bow to Yoho Traverse in April 2022.
Alpine, Glacier, Open Bowls
1 guide per 6 guests
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Below is our Waptra Traverse: Bow to Yoho Info Package PDF for April 2023. It includes information regarding hut amenities, equipment and packing lists, staging and directions, cost and deposit, etc.
Below is our Waptra Traverse: Classic Info Package PDF for April 2023. It includes information regarding hut amenities, equipment and packing lists, staging and directions, cost and deposit, etc.
Flying Squirrels have ridden powder in bounds and out of bounds and have had a taste of what deep powder can be. Flying Squirrels can ride tree runs but enjoy open bowls more. They are confident on a black diamond runs in bounds but cliffs and steep chutes might not be their thing. Flying Squirrels are mostly looking for a good time with their squirrel friends and can join most of our courses and tours.
The Wapta huts are remote and minimally equipped. There is no cell service, electricity or showers. People should be prepared to spend four nights with minimal connection to the outside world. KBG will be bringing an Inreach Device that is capable of text messaging. We reserve this device for emergency communication. If you need to connect to family or friends, we recommend bringing your own satellite communication device.
Your guide will go over the waivers on the morning of your tour or course, and you will sign in front of them so they can witness. If you are under the age of 19 you will need to have your parent or legal guardian sign for you.
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