Cross-country or Backcountry Ski the Canadian Rockies

British Columbia has some of the best backcountry skiing in the world. There are lots of backcountry ski lodges, most are located about tree line, with amazing views. The Canadian Rockies are a young mountain range, with up-thrust sedimentary layers of rock and glaciers. Glacial flour (pulverized rock) suspends in water for the most beautiful turquoise lakes on earth. Winter provides cold dry powder snow, fantastic touring and backcountry skiing, and dark night skies!

“One can never be bored by Powder Skiing…
It is the special gift of the relationship between earth and sky.
It only comes in sufficient places, at certain times on this earth;
It lasts only a limited amount of time before sun or wind changes it. People devote their lives to it.
For the pleasure of being so purely played by gravity & snow.”
                                                                 - Delores LaChapelle

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Considerations for international travel

  • Start by reviewing the latest regulations.
  • Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card.
  • NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one.
  • Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems.
  • You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips.
  • Suitable Activities: Backcountry Skiing, Cross-country Skiing
  • Seasons: February, March, April
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: N3 Nordic Intermediate Ski, M1-M2 Mountain 1-2 Ski

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