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

Erica Roles skiing in the Bugaboos
Ski touring in Bugaboo Provincial Park, BC



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 at RK Heliski in the Purcell Mountains but I also love to "earn my turns" by ski-touring. Last winter I worked at a fly-in only ski touring lodge in the South Chilcoten Mountains of British Columbia - Whitecap Alpine - but more recently I have run day and overnight trips out of the Rocky Mountains and Rogers Pass in the Selkirks.

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 ski-touring and want to learn about the equipment to big days of ski mountaineering:

The Wapta Traverse (hut to hut, 3-6 days)
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.

Whether you want to learn the basics, ski some powder, climb a peak, or go on the Wapta, contact me to arrange a trip. Prices start at $350 per day.

Rescue Courses
Are you going to be heading into the backcountry this winter without a guide? 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.

Erica Roles
p: 1(403) 431-0548
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