Guided Alpine Touring in Glacier National Park & Waterton Lakes National Park

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This amazing offer includes:
  • 2 Nights Accommodation at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake just outside Glacier National Park

  • 3 Nights Accommodation at the Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort in Waterton Lakes National Park

  • Includes alpine ski rentals (skis, boots & poles) for entire trip

  • Includes 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

  • Includes transporation from Glacier to Waterton and to and from hotels to ski destinations

  • Includes guided skiing in the backcountry of Glacier National Park & Waterton Lakes National Park from professional backcountry guides - Glacier Adventure Guides
Trip Dates:
  • Trip 1: Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 to Friday, February 8th, 2013

  • Trip 2: Sunday, February 17th, 2013 to Friday, February 22nd, 2013

  • Trip 3: Sunday, March 10th, 2013 to Friday, March 15th, 2013

  • Trip 4: Sunday, April 7th, 2013 to Friday, April 12th, 2013
Other Information:
  • Trip starts and finishes in Glacier National Park, Montana. Guests wishing extra nights at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake - take advantage of their special discounted rate on the Friday night by contacting them directly.
Trip Sizes:
  • Minimum group size: 6
  • Maximum group size: 12

Welcome to the first ever Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park guided backcountry ski trip!

Two days skiing in the epic backcountry of Glacier National Park in Montana, USA... two more days skiing in the backcountry of Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. Fresh tracks, fresh powder... the backcountry of these pristine National Parks is an experience beyond anything you will find at your local hill.

Two of your nights will be spent at the beautiful Lodge at Whitefish Lake, located in Whitefish, Montana and just thirty minutes from Glacier National Park. Your next three nights are spent in Waterton Lakes National Park at the Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort. Located in the Southwestern corner of Alberta, Canada, Waterton Lakes National Park is a true Winter wonderland where untracked backcountry powder awaits.

Video: Backcountry Skiing in Glacier National Park

Glacier Adventure Guides are trained in outdoor emergency care, avalanche, mountain travel & rescue and professional CPR.

Guides provide the local knowledge to find the best conditions with the best views without wasting your vacation time looking for trailheads or risking the chance of getting of route in an area you are not familiar with.

Trip Details:

Before booking any flights for your trip you should speak to one of our adventure planners at the Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort: 1-888-985-6343.

Guests arriving on Sunday, at Kalispell from the Glacier Park International Airport, can arrange shuttle service pickup with the Lodge at Whitefish Lake.

Day 1 - Monday - West Glacier / Apgar Mountain, Fern Creek area

Introductory back country ski tour to get our ski legs under us. Tour will take place in the Historic Apgar area of Glacier National Park. Apgar Mountain and the Fern Creek area are located near the outlet of Lake McDonald in the West Glacier Area of the Park. This tour will be a great opportunity to discuss the use of our avalanche equipment, route finding, work on general travel and touring techniques to get familiar with our equipment.

Base elevation at Lake McDonald: 3200 feet
Apgar Ridge: 5200 feet

The tour will start on the Camas Creek Road and will climb slightly to the area where we will leave the road behind and work up toward Apgar historic fire lookout located on the North Eastern end of Apgar Mountain. This is a popular destination and the view can be seen on the "Apgar Web Camera" of Glacier National Parks web site. The climb to Apgar Ridge will be a gentle climb through the forest for a total vertical gain of 2000 feet. We will have lunch at the lookout and then continue North along the ridge line looking at a number of different options for our descent. The terrain in forgiving and options are open for a steep descent of more mellow slopes following ridge lines or open bowls, depending on the groups interest and abilities. Options for a second ascent are there if the group is strong and then a nice ski back down to the Camas Road through the forest and down to our trail head. This is a full day tour with over 1800 vertical feet and 3 miles of travel over forested and mountain terrain. Return to Hotel by dinner time.

Day 2 - Tuesday - Elk Mountain by Marias Pass in the Southern end of Glacier National Park, Montana

Another wonderful ski tour in a more remote part of Glacier National Park. We will start at a small trail head located about 5 miles West of Marias Pass at an elevation of 4400 feet. We will follow a service road and cross the rail road tracks to enter the park at Autumn Creek. Touring along the Autumn Creek trail we will eventually come to a drainage that we will then start to gain elevations toward one of the larger ridge lines off of Elk Mountain. This area has some large relief and amazing views. We will then travel through the forest and look at a number of options depending on the skills of the group. The word for the day is open slopes and good skiing. This will be another great opportunity to work on travel skills, avalanche safety and touring. We will climb to an elevation of 6200 feet to start our descent. There are lots of options here for both the beginner and the advanced skier. After the descent there may be option to reclimb and get a second run. Then a mild traverse through the forest and some more descent and we will find ourself back at our trail head. Another amazing day.

Trail head: 4400 feet
High Point: 6200 feet

After day two's skiing is done we will be driving to Waterton Lakes National Park, in Alberta, Canada. Guests will require their passports and identification at the border crossing.

Our Waterton trips will consist of familiarization tours through easy terrain.

Our Gear:

Our alpine touring skis, boots and poles are all Black Diamond products. In addition to our skis we also have split boards available for use.

Backcountry: Glacier

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Backcountry: Glacier

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Lodge at Whitefish Lake

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Lodge at Whitefish Lake

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Backcountry: Waterton

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Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort

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Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort

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Waterton Lakes National Park

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Glacier National Park

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The Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park makes up the Crown of the Continent... this pristine mountain region is a backcountry skiier's paradise.

Video: "It never lasts long enough."

Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort
P.O. Box 4
101 Clematis Avenue
Waterton Park, Alberta
Phone: (403) 859-2150
Fax: (403) 859-2229
Toll-free: 1-888-985-6343