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Begbie Col

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

An adventure-filled romp in the alpine.

Ski Touring Difficult

9.6 km
1.3 km
1.3 km
5-6 hrs
Low Point
1.3 km
High Point
2.5 km
Begbie Col Map

This route is generally accessed via the sled road on a sled. There are alternate ways up but ski touring up the sled road is not one of them....unless you like that kind of thing.


There are many decision-making points on this route, including a glacier crossing, which require backcountry experience.

Follow the cut block up and work your way up to the ridge. There are some tight sections higher on the ridge line that can be uncomfortable in the wrong snow conditions. As the grade flattens you will find yourself on the top of the exit gully, which is a great place to stop and head down if your legs have had enough for one day. There isn't great visibility beyond this point so if it is whiteout, come back another day.

Above tree line the route is yours for the taking. Trend to the climbers right to below the col and glacier. Take the direct route to the col and enjoy the view. There are some great side trips on the way back. Explore Elevator Chutes, play on the moraines but make sure you have enough gas left in your tank for the pow turns down and the sled ride home.

You can descend through the trees via the route you came up or down the gully. This gully is steep and chokes out in the trees at times. In the spring expect old slides and death cookies aplenty.



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.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between January and May


  • Bowl
  • Alpine
  • Ski Safari
  • Tree Skiing
  • Single Descent

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Glacier kit

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