Rogers Pass Ski Touring

The 3rd most popular cross country ski area in British Columbia.

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West of Golden in the Columbia Mountains, the 13500 sq. km. Glacier National Park straddles the crest of the legendary Selkirk Range, known for tremendous snow-fall. Backcountry ski touring terrain includes glades, ice fields and alpine bowls with descents of more than 1500 m. possible.

Rogers Pass is quite possibly the finest backcountry skiing in North America. It is midway between Revelstoke and Golden on a winding road through the granite spires of the Selkirk Mountains. With 360 of powder annually, get ready for serious terrain. The three vast valleys of Rogers Pass (Asulkan, Illecillewaet and Connaught) have wooded glades, smooth bowls and immense steeps.

From the Gunsite parking area, try Dome Glacier or Seven Steps. From the visitors center parking area, try Ursus Minor Basin, Balu Pass or Grissley Shoulder with 3000 feet of vertical.

The visitors center at Rogers Pass on the TransCanada Highway is the primary source for information on backcountry routes and avalanche conditions. Winter camping is available at Parks Canada Illecillewaet Campground.

Overall, Rogers Pass Ski Touring is the 3rd most popular cross country ski area of all 56 Nordic ski destinations in British Columbia. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Rogers Pass Ski Touring including Dawn Mountain Trail and Icefall Traverse.


Local Contact(s):  GNP (250) 837-7500; BC Visitors (800) 435-5622; Canadian Tourism (800) 577-2266; Canadian Explorer Guides (888) 238-8000; Avalanche Update (250) 837-6867.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Recommended Map:  "Glacier National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Dec. - Apr.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  ACC Wheeler or Asulkan Huts (403) 678-3200; Glacier Circle or Shaphire Hut (250) 837-7500

Luxury Loding:  Glacier Park Lodge (250) 837-2126; Purcell Lodge (250) 344-2639; Durrand Chalet (250) 837-2381; Glacier House Resort, Revelstoke (250) 837-9594

GPS:  51.2786, -117.564

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  6/28/2016

ID:  7075