(Alberta and BC)
My other backcountry trips
Edith Cavel-Tonquin Valley
Banff areaClose to the Sunshine ski hill you can find excellent areas for some telemark turns and backcountry snowboarding . Around the Sunshine Meadows you have some mountains who can provide you with some short but sweet runs.
This is looking at Twin Cairns from the top of the Wawa Chair at Sunshine Village. We crossed over to the right skyline ridge ...To read more see the trip of Dave Stephens around Twin Cairns
This is an area that I know because I spent a weekend backcountry snowboarding using my split board and skins. From the parking lot of the Sunshine village ski area it is about seven kilometers to the top of the pass. Excellent skiing can be done in this area. Read more about my trip and see pictures of Healy Pass and Egypth Lake -- En francais
Around the pass, you can have the chance to ski and snowboard. It looks an excellent place to have some turns.
Burstall Pass, Lonnie Springer (pictures only)
On December 24th, Jason Wilcox and I decided that it was time to give Alpine Ski Touring a try. What better place than the famous Burstall Pass deep in the heart of Kananaskis country and about the only place with enough snow left after days of extremely warm weather?... Read more about the trip
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Few years ago, I parked my car at the Shark Mountain Cross Country Ski Trail and packed my equipment into my improvised sled and started making our way to Assiniboine.Read more about my trip and see pictures of the Assiniboine Pass and area
Here's two other trips there is also an article of the times:
Kathleen Gilroy's trip to Assiniboine
Ski Adventure at Assiniboine by Doug Lesar (no pictures)
Jasper National Park
I have been there twice. It is a spectacular area especially if you make your way to the Tonquin Valley. From the parking lot, close to the Marmot Basin Ski Resort It's 12 km to the pass. Read more about my trip and see pictures of Maccarib Pass and the Tonkin Valley
Other Tonquin Valley Adventures
Don Bauer photos of his trip to Wates Gibson Hut
Tonquin Valley and Maccarib Pass Ski Touring with Snow-Caving
ON NORDIC SKIS IN CANADA'S WILDERNESS
By RUTH ROBINSON of the New-York Times
Before you get to the glacier there is some places where you can do some telemarking. Last time I was at the Wates-Gibson Hut, many of the guests were taking turns in this area. They seemed to have had a lot of enjoyment from their skiing experience.
Few turns can be possible high in the valley.
High in the alpine you can find some places to telemark.
Bald Hills are located by Maligne Lake. It 's about 6 kilometers to reach the area. I was there in 2006. There was a lot of snow even when there was not much in the valley below. I brought my splitboard with me.Read more about my trip and see pictures of Bald Hills
Chic Scott said that: "the bowl above the hut, 7 km across and rimmed with many small peaks, offers excellent skiing. Days can be filled touring the meadows, admiring the scenery or carving turns and scrambling to the summits." This is a place that is top on my list of places to do in the near future.
Kootenay National Park
I have never been there but It is a popular destination to take turns.
Chickadee Valley is a great tour or telemark trip. It's 10 km return with only 200 m elevation gain to just before the final climb. The scenery along the way is beautiful. We had great snow conditions and people before us breaking trail. We had a couple of fabulous runs at the top. Read more about the Chickadee Valley (great pictures)
There are a few good slopes.
Mt Stanley -Trip Report Circa May 2004 with VIDEO
Lake Louise area
There is some gentil slopes
There are telemarking slopes above the lake.
Summit Lake near Waterton Park by Trail Peak
Forum Lake (Forum Ridge trail) by Trail Peak
You can have some fun in the area.
The Northwest flank of Packers Peak above Zigadenus Lake
Merlin Ridge by Allan and Judith
Good slopes above Lake Merlin
Purple Bowl/Wolverine Ridge by Tom Wolfe
West flank of Fossil Mountains
Skoki by Allan and Judith
Around the Lodge there some interesting slopes
Yoho National Park
To the north of Mount Odaray.
It has a nice 300 meter ski trail
On the far side of the valley opposite the hut.
Lake O'Hara Nordic Ski Tour by the Elbow Valley Cycle Club of Calgary
Icefields Parkway South
Bow Summit by Mark Klassen Mountain Guide You have to go to the Peyto lookout from there you go to the big parking lot . The base of the main slope is located about one km from there. This is a very popular place due to its approximity to the highway. Although, many skiers have died there killed by avalanches.
Bow Summit from bfcoffey
Bow Summit environs by Mark Klassen
You can have some fun gliding in the area.
Wapta IcefieldsThis is an area for ski mountaineering. It is probably the best in Canada. There are many slopes where you can do some telemark in the area. We also can find four huts where you can sleep overnight. There are also many crevasses and the avalanche hazard is real. This is for advanced skiers only or bring a guide with you.
Icefields Parkway North
Parker Ridge by gregadams101 (mainly pictures) Chic Scott said, " it is the perfect location in the Rockies to make a few turns"
There is no life like it, spending time with friends in a winter cabin in the Rockies
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