By choosing a trip with Kootenay Backcountry Guides you are getting the peace of mind that comes with exploring the backcountry with a professional who knows how to keep you safe and show you a good time. You are getting the inside scoop on conditions, local weather, and most importantly someone who knows where the real powder stashes are. We offer trips for everyone: beginners, explorers and shredders!

Private Guiding and Custom Trips

You dream it, we plan it. Simple. Whether it's a day with your friends, helicopter drops to remote locations or snowmobile access to hidden gems, we will work with you to make it happen. Check our locations to get a taste and click on the "Booking Request" button below and make your wildest powder dreams a reality.

We work off ratios. The more friends you bring, the better the price and the better the experience! Our ratios are at least 1 guide for every 6 guests. Prices are based on a per person per day basis. Tax not included. 

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Kootenay Combo

The Kootenay Combo is our version of a touring "taster". You get two back-to-back guided days at two different location (Whitewater Ski Resort backcountry and Kootenay Pass) over the course of a weekend. We will take you where you need to go. It's the best way to show you our amazing backyard for a weekend. Bonus: you will meet new people to tour with!
  • Dates: Jan 26-27, Feb 2-3, Feb 15-16, March 2-3

  • Cost: $394+tax per person

Ski/Splitboarding Touring FUNdamentals

New to Ski or Splitboarding? We've been there too... In this one day guided trip, we will show you the ropes of backcountry touring. From gearing you up with your equipment to transitioning at the top of the mountain, you will get all the insider tips from our highly experienced guides. We are passionate about what we do and are eager to get you hooked.
  • Date: Dec 15 

  • Cost: $125+tax per person

Wapta Traverse

The Wapta Traverse is the most iconic hut to hut traverse in North America. Experience the majestic glacier-covered peaks of Banff and Yoho National park on this 4-day traverse. This is a high alpine glaciated mountain trip with variable ski conditions. We will also cover glacier travel skills and beginner crevasse rescue skills.


  • Participants need to be at least strong intermediate downhill skiers or splitboarders. Skiing is done with your backpack on through variable conditions.
  • You need to be in good physical condition, able to climb approx 800 vertical meters and do 12km in a day with a 40-50lbs pack and do this for multiple days.
  • Dates: March 29 to April 1, 2019
  • Cost: $1140+tax Includes all food and hut rental fees while on the trip. Does not include accommodation in Lake Louise the night before the trip or transportation to get there.

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