Guidebook

Whistler to Canmore - Ski Tour Canada's Highway 1.

A ski tourer's dream roadtrip between 2 legendary Canadian mountain towns.

Description

The Canadian Rockies have everything ski tourers look for - reliable and cold snow, huge terrain and easy access. All of these ski tours demonstrate those traits and each one can be done as a single day trip from a major road.

The route you'll drive to ski all of these doesn't follow Highway 1 all the way, but for much of the trip you will be on Canada's most famous road and it makes logistics pretty easy because you're never too far from accommodation and services. Despite this proximity to civilisation, the ski tours listed here all feel truly wild and encapsulate what Canadian ski touring is all about.

If you're lucky enough to have time not only to ski these lines but also to explore the Rockies further, check out these 2 hut to hut tours in the Yoho National Park.

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/10686/ski-canada's-legendary-bow-yoho-traverse

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/186/the-ultimate-wapta-traverse-backcountry-ski-guide

Mount Pattison Northwest Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mount Pattison Northwest Face

Whistler Blackcomb
6 - 7 hrs
13.5 km
1,371 m
1,712 m
48 °
Entry Level Steep Skiing
Severe
Private
Aussie Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Aussie Couloir

Duffy Lake
1 day +
19.1 km
1,857 m
1,857 m
42 °
The Ultra Classic Couloir of the Duffey
Severe
Private
Camp West

Camp West

Glacier National Park
6 - 7 hrs
12.9 km
1,266 m
1,284 m
41 °
A Roger's Pass Classic! A 1250m descent down a big mountain slide path.
Difficult
Private
Mount Cheops North 5 Chute
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mount Cheops North 5 Chute

Glacier National Park
5 - 6 hrs
10.2 km
988 m
993 m
49 °
Entry Level Steep Skiing
Moderate
Private
The Tupper Traverse
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Tupper Traverse

Glacier National Park
1 day +
16.7 km
1,866 m
2,082 m
42 °
A mini-ski traverse including high alpine bowls, glaciers & a massive run down the Connaught avalanche slide path.
Moderate
Private
Little Sifton Traverse
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Little Sifton Traverse

Glacier National Park
6 - 7 hrs
11.1 km
1,416 m
1,440 m
35 °
Easy to moderate ski tour with a summit & 1500m ski descent.
Moderate
Private
French-Haig-Robertson Traverse
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

French-Haig-Robertson Traverse

1 day +
19.8 km
1,222 m
1,225 m
23 °
A long ski tour in Kananaskis across the French and Haig glaciers with mellow skiing.
Moderate
Private