Category: Golden, BC

Guided Wapta Traverse Trips in 2023

Kootenay Backcountry Guides have announced their dates for the Wapta Traverse for 2023. The Wapta Traverse is a ski traverse that travels along the continental divide, otherwise known as the B.C. Alberta border. Several huts along the traverse and variations of the traverse are possible. The trip starts along the Icefields Parkway and ends at …
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The Pit Boss – From pavement to powder

Before Cole Pearn, the billion-dollar NASCAR industry had nothing in common with backcountry skiing. The political, geographical, and cultural differences are comical. So how did Pearn end up chopping wood and cleaning outhouses instead of atop the billion-dollar race industry? Seventy-five million race fans were shocked when Pearn quit as one of the top NASCAR …
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Special Public Avalanche Warning for Southern BC and Western Alberta UPDATED

The Special Public Avalanche Warning issued Thursday, Jan. 20, has been expanded to include the South Rockies and Lizard Range regions. Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada, is issuing a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users across numerous forecast regions in BC and Alberta. Warm temperatures and lots of sunshine are expected …
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Rogers Pass Sets New Snow records

Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks have reported new height of snow records set in Rogers Pass every day from Nov. 26 – 30, 2021. Parks wrote, “Know what that means? Safety, not skiing, is the top priority! Highway and avalanche control teams are working 24-7 to keep the national transportation corridor open and safe …
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Ski touring in Rogers Pass with the Winter Permit System

Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park is a popular backcountry ski touring destination with an average of 10 m of snowfall a year. It is also home to the world’s largest mobile avalanche control program. This means that explosive artillery fire is regularly used on mountain slopes to protect highway and railway traffic from natural …
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Alterra purchased Purcell Heli-Skiing

Alterra Mountain Company has purchased Purcell Heli-Skiing. The business and ski tenure will be incorporated into Alterra-owned CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures. CMH president and COO Rob Rohn will oversee the transition and all operations. “At Alterra Mountain Company we continually look for opportunities that offer guests unique mountain experiences and exceptional guest service,” said …
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What follows the AST-2 course survey

Avalanche education and awareness has come a long ways in a couple of decades and the advancements continue. The Kootenay Backcountry Guides are looking for your feedback on how to cater to the what recreational backcountry users are looking for after taking their AST-2. This is the pretext to their survey: “The most common question …
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