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Revelstoke, Rogers Pass and the Kootenays in British Columbia are big names in freeride circles. So how about a trip taking in some of the best backcountry, touring/splitboarding, cat-skiing and resort off-piste in this part of Canada?
This 2 week trip is a powder lovers dream. Expect to have to put in some leg work – after all the best lines are rarely free. In the area you can ride everything from cruisy powder bowls to steep couloirs and tree runs to cliff drops, ultimately if you like it steep and deep (or just deep!) this place will have frothing at the mouth with excitement.
Spend some time in the resort of Revelstoke taking advantage of the lifts for easy powder, plus head out of bounds under your own steam. The trip also includes a few days in a hut/lodge deep in the backcountry totally isolated from the real world, where the mountains will be your personal playground free to explore as far as your legs will take you.
As with any Snowbusters adventure, we won’t just guide you to the best lines, we also teach you the skills you need to stay safe and ride with more style. We’ll cover avalanche safety, practice rescue situations and address deficiencies in your technique.
The final itinerary depends on the conditions and weather. However, we’ll fit in some ski touring or splitboarding, cat-skiing, lift accessible off-piste both in- and out-bounds and, of course, squeeze in the time to down a few jars. We will visit the following areas:
During the week or two will spend a lot of time learning about safety in the mountains. Specifically, how to avoid an avalanche through understanding conditions, reading snow profiles and simple snow stability tests. You’ll learn how to perform an avalanche rescue if things go wrong along with some useful first aid.
Although there is some theory, most of it is taught in real life situations on the mountain. Snowbusters will demonstrate how to organize a group avalanche rescue and you’ll take part in plenty of simulations. This includes multiple backfilling, digging victims and hypothermic treatment.
Just over a decade old, Revelstoke in British Columbia has earned a reputation as one of the best off-piste and ski touring destinations on the planet. With over 1,670m of vertical, over 12 million square metres of terrain and around 12m of snow each winter it’s a freeride paradise.
Using Revelstoke’s efficient lifts you can reach vast amounts of in-bounds avalanche controlled terrain. If you want more attach your skins and tour or splitboard outside the ski areas boundaries to enjoy the stunning backcountry on offer.
Less than an hour from Revelstoke is Roger’s Pass in the Selkirk mountains. Using the Trans Canada highway you can get easy access and cheap elevation, making it the destinations that most Revelstoke locals go for their backcountry fix. With big snow, steep slopes and plenty of lines it is a freeriders dream.
Around 4 hours south of Revelstoke on Highway 3A you’ll find some of the most varied and fun backcountry on the planet. Kootenay Pass takes you to around 1785m and from there you can tour or splitboard around 25 well documented routes that offer everything a powder junkie desires.
Join Snowbusters for a Canadian backcountry adventure in British Columbia. Your only regret will be why you didn’t visit sooner.
Coffee, tea, breakfast, morning yoga, jogging, ... or what ever morning routine you are use to.
Loading the track and heading to the place we will be skiing.
Time to ride it deep and steep.
Après-ski beer / vine. We sort out the plan for next day.
Planning the next day (avalanche forecast, route planning, ...)
Possibly meeting for communal dinner.
Drinks, bit of party, sleep. But it is only a suggestion ;)
You should bring your personal ski or snowboard freeride touring equipment (skis with touring bindings, splitboard, skins, telescopic poles, ...), avalanche set and ski or snowboard clothing.
Everyone goes on their own. There are many shops, restaurants, cafeterieas, bars, ... in ski resorts and around so no one will be starving.
Shared accommodation in self catering apartment or similar will be organized. Of course feel free to organize something you prefer on your own.