Ski Mountaineer British Columbia’s Glacier National Park Rogers Pass

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Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Ski Mountaineer British Columbia’s Glacier National Park Rogers Pass

Rogers Pass has some of the best accessible backcountry skiing in North America. We will traverse across a glacier to Glacier Circle Cabin and back. The skiing and scenery are amazing. Very strong, expert backcountry skiers with glacier travel training only.

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  • Sat, Mar 28, 2015 — Sun, Apr 5, 2015
  • Global Adventures Committee
  • Backcountry Skiing, Global Adventures
  • Adults
  • M3G Mountain 3 Glacier Ski
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 30.0
  • Elevation Gain: 20,000 ft

Meet at Rogers Pass Discovery Centre on Saturday March 28 at 3:30pm

Summary: If weather and conditions are stable, we will ski a 4-day glacier trip carrying an overnight pack, and then three day trips carrying a daypack. The itinerary will give you an overview of all three major ski drainages at Rogers Pass (Illecillewaet River, Asulkan Brook, and Connaught Creek). Unfortunately the Glacier Park Lodge (hotel) has been closed since 2012.

Itinerary:  Saturday March 28: Drive to Rogers Pass (9 hours from Seattle). Buy permits at Rogers Pass Discovery Centre before they close at 4:00pm. Pack food for four days. Park one vehicle at Loop Brook. Ski one hour into Wheeler Hut.

Sunday March 29: Ski with a full overnight pack 12 hours and 4,600 feet up Illecillewaet River and Glacier, across, and down Mount Macoun route to Glacier Circle Cabin.

Monday March 30: Ski Deville Glacier and/or Mt. Selwyn slopes. Stay at the Glacier Circle Cabin again.

Tuesday March 31: Ski with a full overnight pack up The Witch Tower route, across Illecillewaet Neve, summit Youngs Peak, down the Seven Steps of Paradise, to Asulkan Cabin.

Wednesday April 1: Yo-yo Sapphire Col east side. Ski with a full overnight pack over Sapphire Col, down Lily Glacier, and out Loop Brook. Stay in Golden’s Kicking Horse River Lodge dormitory.

Thursday April 2: Your choice of 1) Ski Connaught Creek or 2) rest day at Rogers Pass Discovery Centre (open 7-4), tour exhibits, and see excellent videos. Stay in Golden’s Kicking Horse River Lodge dormitory again.

Friday April 3: Ski Connaught Creek. Stay in Golden’s Kicking Horse River Lodge dormitory again.

Saturday April 4: Ski Connaught Creek. Stay in Revelstoke’s SameSun hostel.

Sunday April 5: Drive home (8 hours to Seattle).

Time of year: Spring is the best time of year to ski across the Illecillewaet Glacier, because crevasses are more bridged by snow.

Lodging: Huts, hostels, and dormitories.

Food: Bring your own food for huts. Buy restaurant meals in towns.

Leader:  Craig Miller has led dozens of backcountry ski weeks for The Mountaineers, mostly in Canada. Craig has backcountry skied at British Columbia’s Glacier National Park Rogers Pass many weeks, led a Mountaineers club ski week there in 2004, and volunteered as custodian at the Alpine Club of Canada's Wheeler Hut. craigfmiller@comcast.net

Participant requirements:  Participants must have:

  1. avalanche gear and training.
  2. graduated from The Mountaineers’ backcountry ski course, telemark ski course, or equivalent.
  3. skied on previous M2 day trips.
  4. glacier travel and crevasse rescue training.
  5. backpacked with an overnight pack.

Price:  The price is $500. The price includes all lodging, sales tax, The Mountaineers administration fee, and a portion of leader’s lodging. The price excludes your transportation to and from Rogers Pass, gear, and food. The leader will help arrange carpools.

Registration: Please register online and pay the full amount by March 1. You are not actually registered until The Mountaineers receives your money.

Cancellation Policy:   If you cancel because of an emergency, you may receive a refund less expenses incurred and a $100 administrative fee.}       

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Ski Mountaineer British Columbia’s Glacier National Park Rogers Pass


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  • After March 1, the leader will send participants an email letter with information about how to prepare for a successful outing including recommended gear, maps, guidebooks, and logistics.
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