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Wapta Traverse - Day 1

Banff National Park

Hwy 93 to Peyto hut

Ski Touring Difficult

11 km
820 m
240 m
4-5 hrs
Low Point
1.8 km
High Point
2.5 km
Wapta Traverse - Day 1 Map

A classic Canadian ski traverse located in the heart of the Rockies just outside Lake Louise. There are four huts along the way to make the journey more enjoyable — the Peyto Hut, the Bow Hut, the Balfour Hut and the Scott Duncan Hut.


ACCESS: The trailhead is on the west side of Highway 93 and is located at the parking lot and tourist viewpoint at Peyto Lake. The turn-off for the parking lot is located five km north of the turn-off for the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Alternatively, there is a plowed parking area on the west side of Highway 93, down the hill and 2.5 km past the bow summit.

The route starts from the parking lot at the Bow summit on the west side of Highway 93. It descends through thick steep trees to Peyto Lake.

Get the full route description at www.backcountryskiingcanada.com



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between January and June


  • Alpine
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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