Wapta Traverse

A long distance, very strenuous 28-mile backcountry ski tour with 5,400 ft in elevation gain. The trail takes you to a series of huts along the way so it is easy to turn the trip into a relaxed multi day trip. Classic trip on Icefield north of Lake Louise, Alberta. Ski glaciers, peaks and fantastic terrain, using Whyte, Bow, Balfour and Duncan huts.

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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.
  • Difficulty: M3G Mountain 3 Glacier Ski
  • Length: 28.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,400 ft
  • Land Manager: Banff National Park
  • Parking Permit Required:
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Trails Illustrated Banff North

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