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The Lake Louise Ski Resort has teamed up with Yamnuska Mountain Adventures to bring you world-class backcountry skiing and split boarding adventures at Lake Louise. Yamnuska Mountain Adventures now provides guided tours just outside the Lake Louise Ski Resort boundary. Tour areas include West Bowl, Speed Run area, Hidden Bowl, Redoubt Bowl, Purple Bowl, Wolverine Ridge and the Tylenols to name a few.
Ski hidden stashes of Lake Louise powder and save your legs by using the lifts to initially access the backcountry. Once in the backcountry climbing skins and skis or split boards are used to move throughout the bowls. For intermediate and advanced skiers, these tours are your best chance to experience backcountry skiing at its finest.
Ready for a great adventure? You will be exploring the side country of the Lake Louise Ski Resort with your ACMG certified guide choosing the terrain based on the conditions, your ability and the best snow.
Sample Course Agenda & Curriculum
8:30am, field day, meet at the Lake Louise Ski resort day lodge.
- • Program introduction and briefing
- • Issue and check gear for the backcountry
- • Avalanche companion rescue practice
- • Equipment familiarization
- • Skiing!!
- • Finish by 4:00pm
Must be 18 years of age or older.
Meeting Time and Place
Our backcountry days start at 8:30am at the Lake Louise Ski Resort on the Main Floor of the Whiskey Jack Lodge Near Guest Services.
Guides & Group Size
Our instructors are ACMG certified professional ski guides who are licensed to teach and guide in the backcountry. There will be a maximum of 6 participants per guide and a maximum of 12 participants per day. There will be a minimum of 3 participants on this program.
Your Lift Ticket can be purchased when you meet your guide at a discounted cost of $45. If you already have a Lift Ticket, or a Season Pass, there is no need to purchase a ticket. We will use the lift to access out of bounds terrain and will not be riding the lift every run. Instead we will using climbing skins since we will be skiing away from the lifts.
Participants are responsible for their own transport to Lake Louise which is a 2 hour (185km) drive west from Calgary.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation in Lake Louise is not included. A variety of accommodation options exist in Lake Louise and the Bow Valley including hostels, all levels of hotels, as well as condo style accommodation with kitchens or suites. We recommend that you book your own accommodations well in advance as all levels of accommodations fill quickly.
A packed lunch is required for the day. Food is not supplied. Each day bring plenty to drink and a lunch plus energy snacks. We strongly suggest bringing a Thermos and hot drink.
We recommend you bring:
- • Avalanche transceiver - digital transceiver with a triple antennae *
- • Avalanche probe *
- • Avalanche shovel - collapsible metal shovel designed for companion rescue *
- • Skis/splitboard (with appropriate bindings)
- • Ski/snowboard boots (compatible with your bindings)
- • Climbing skins
- • Poles
- • Ski Helmet (optional)
- • Daypack* (30-40 litres) *
- • Thermos flask and/or water bottle (1-2 litres combined volume)
- • Sunscreen
- • Blister kit
- • Camera
*These items are available for rent. Please advise us in advance.
When Backcountry skiing, it is important to be able to adjust for the exertion of skiing uphill as well as the cooling off that occurs while taking breaks. We recommend bringing clothing that can be layered to achieve comfort as you change from periods of activity to periods of rest. We discourage cotton clothing as it causes rapid heat loss when wet.
We recommend you bring:
- • Long underwear (top and bottoms, synthetic or wool)
- • Socks (synthetic or wool)
- • Softshell jacket
- • Midweight synthetic or down jacket
- • Waterproof hardshell jacket
- • Waterproof hardshell or softshell pants (make sure the cuff fits over ski boots)
- • Heavyweight parka (big enough to over over all your other layers)
- • Waterproof gloves
- • Warm hat
Additional gear info:
- • Skis/splitboard: There are three viable backcountry systems, Alpine Touring, Telemark, and Splitboard.
- • Alpine Touring: Essentially downhill skis with a special touring binding which allows the heel to lift when going uphill and then locks down to become an alpine binding for the downhill. We highly recommend this system to anyone who is not already an intermediate/advanced telemark skier.
- • Telemark: Free-heel telemark bindings should only be used for this program if you are at least an intermediate/advanced telemark skier with backcountry experience.
- • Splitboard: Snowboarders sometimes use a splitboard in the backcountry. This system is enjoyable on the descent, but frustrating on the flats. The transitions between uphill and downhill can also be very time consuming. If using this system, please ensure that you are proficient at switching your bindings.
- • Boots: Backcountry boots are different from regular alpine ski boots. In the backcountry, boots need to have an uphill mode that allows a free range of motion in the upper part of the boot.
- • Climbing skins: The glue on the base of the skin should be in good condition and the skins need to be properly fitted. Try the skins on your skis/splitboard to make sure they are the right length and width before you arrive.
- • Ski poles: Backcountry poles need powder baskets on the tips.
- • Avalanche beacon: A three antennae transceiver is required. Yamnuska uses the Backcountry Access Tracker 2 for all of our winter programs.
- • Probe: A minimum 240 cm in length.
- • Shovel: A metal blade shovel is required.
The cost is just $210 for instruction and guiding. A Lake Louise Lift Ticket is also required which can be purchased for only $45. If you already have a Lift Ticket, or a Season Pass, there is no need to purchase an additional ticket. Tax (5% GST) is extra.
You can book your tour online at yamnuska.com using the form on the right side of their webpage. Select the departure date, the number of guest then click the “Book Now” button.
Please note: Early booking is recommended and full payment is required at time of booking. You have up to 14 days prior to your meeting time to cancel your reservation at no cost to you. A minimum of 3 people is required to run this program. You will be required to sign our waiver before commencing the program. Click here to view their sample waiver copy.
Yamnuska Mountain Adventures
200 - 50 Lincoln Park, Canmore, Alberta, Canada T1W 3E9.
Toll Free North America: 1.866.678.4164.
Phone: 403.678.4164 Fax: 403.678.4450.
There are two basic types of insurance that most travelers need to consider: Medical and Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance. We offer our guests coverage for both and highly recommend you purchase it.
Emergency Medical Expenses Insurance:
It is wise to ensure that your health plan will cover you in case of illness or accident during your trip. Obtain extra coverage if necessary. There is no charge for rescue in the national and provincial parks, however costs such as air or ground transportation, long term care and other services are not covered.
Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance:
We recognize that our guests’ schedules may change for many reasons; business, family, flight delays, injuries and other unplanned events. For these eventualities the Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance is a great way to protect your investment.
For all your travel insurance requirements we recommend the Simpson Group. This agency offers a wide range of travel insurance options including Trip Cancellation/Interruption, Travel Medical and Personal Effect Loss for Canadian Travelers.
Please note that this coverage is for Canadian residents only. For guests who are not from Canada and who are interested in the ‘Visitors to Canada’ insurance package please contact the Simpson Group directly at JSimpson@simpson-group.com and reference your Yamnuska Mountain Adventure’s trip.