Backcountry Skiing, Ski Mountaineering, Guided Ski Touring, Heliskiing Canmore, Banff, the Canadian Rockies

RK Heliski
RK Heliski - in the Purcell mountains of British Columbia - lands at over 3000m.

Wapta traverse - below Mount Niles
Ski-touring below Mount Niles on the last day of the Wapta Icefields traverse.

Wapta traverse exit to Sherbrooke Lake
Exiting from the Wapta traverse to Sherbrooke Lake.


Backcountry/Powder Skiing
Powder skiing is one of the most fun sports out there! I'm very fortunate to spend most of my winter taking people skiing in endless powder. Some of the time I'm heli-skiing with RK Heliski in the Purcell Mountains but most of all I love to "earn my turns" ski-touring. One of the beauties of ski-touring is that you can go at a pace that suits you. I run courses that cater to everyone's needs; from intro courses for folks who are new to the sport to big days of ski mountaineering like Mount Hector, a local 11,000'er.

The Wapta Traverse (hut to hut, 3-6 days)
March/April, 2020

The Wapta Icefields is a magical place of vast icefields and easy mountaineering peaks. To top it off, it is one of the few places in Canada that has a hut system you can connect on a traverse. For local guides it is our second home. The complete traverse takes 6 days but shorter options exist as the traverse can be started and finished from different points. Some folks prefer to take their time and climb some peaks along the way whereas others simply want to complete the traverse as quickly as possible. Moderate fitness and intermediate skiing ability is required. A great trip for first-time traverses.
I run trips on the Wapta in March and April.
Some pics from a previous Wapta trip.

Mount Columbia Ski Expedition
Spring, 2020

At 12,293 ft, Mount Columbia is the highest peak in Alberta and the second highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. I'm running a 3-4 day ski expedition with a base camp on the Columbia Icefields below Mt Columbia, Mt Bryce and the Twins. From the base camp we will summit as many 11,000ers in the area as weather and conditions will allow.

Bariloche & Refugio Frey, Argentina
August, 2020

I'm joining ACMG Ski Guide Darcy Chilton (Papa D) in South America for a hut-based steeps and couloirs adventure. We'll blow out the cobwebs at Cerro Catedral Alta - one of South America's largest ski resorts - for 2 days in bounds then head out for a 5 day tour at Refugio Frey in the Andes. Known as much for its terrain as its apres, we will eat chocolate, sample the local AguaArdiente (Firewater) and finish it off with Argentinian Asado. Good fitness and advanced skiing ability is required. A great trip for people who love skiing and going to cool places.

Winter Rescue Courses
Are you heading into the backcountry this winter? You might consider signing up for a certified Avalanche Skills Training (AST) course. Or if you are planning a trip that involves glacier travel, make sure your crevasse rescue skills are current.

Whether you want to learn the basics, ski some powder, climb a peak, or explore new places, contact me to arrange a trip.


Erica Roles
p: 1(403) 431-0548
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