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French-Haig-Robertson Traverse

A long ski tour in Kananaskis across the French and Haig glaciers with mellow skiing.

Ski Touring Moderate

20 km
1.2 km
1.2 km
1 day +
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.9 km
French-Haig-Robertson Traverse Map

A long ski tour that takes you across some incredible terrain including the French and Haig glaciers, with beautiful views of the Peter Lougheed range and Height of the Rockies provincial park. This route requires glacier travel equipment if the snowpack is shallow. Start at the Burstall Pass parking lot, follow the hiking trail for 10 minutes until you reach a fork and then go left into the French creek drainage. Cross the creek before reaching the waterfall and climb a short ways until you are out of the forest. At this point you will see the the French glacier ahead and Mt. Robertson on the right. Stay on the left side of the slope along the moraine and head up into the pass that leads to the Haig glacier. From the top of the glacier, head right towards the Robertson headwall. Either skin or bootpack up the headwall. This is the highest point of the whole trip and it is all downhill from here. When skiing down, avoid crevasses on the skier's right if the snow pack is shallow. Otherwise, enjoy a long mellow ski down to the Burstall Pass hiking trail.



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between January and April


  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Alpine
  • Single Descent

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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