Getting Up to Get Down: Backcountry Touring in Revelstoke
Revelstoke backcountry touring offers you a whole new way to experience the serenity of the mountains in winter: with two feet and a heartbeat. With some of the deepest, driest snow in the world and moderate winter temperatures, Revelstoke backcountry touring is second to none. Located in the central Columbia Mountains, Revelstoke is a backcountry skiing mecca – go backcountry touring in the Monashees and the Selkirks in the same weekend! If you plan to go backcountry touring in Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park, be sure to stop at the Parks Canada Information Centre or visit their website for the latest updates on closures and avalanche conditions and to pick up a permit.
Check out Revelstoke pro skier Chris Rubens on “Gettin’ Up to Get Down: Ski Touring in Rogers Pass”
You’re responsible for your own safety when you’re backcountry touring. Before you venture out for some Revelstoke backcountry touring, you need to read the avalanche forecast from Avalanche Canada, Canada’s national public avalanche safety organization which is based right here in Revelstoke. Their public avalanche forecasters write daily forecast for the regions around Revelstoke and beyond, and avalanche forecasters for Parks Canada write a daily forecast for Glacier National Park. Read the North Columbia forecast, the South Columbia forecast and the Glacier National Park forecast.
Want some background on why avalanche safety matters? Know Before You Go: Staying Alive in the Backcountry
Everyone in your group needs to carry avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe), and know how to use it. If you have never taken an avalanche skills training (AST) course, this is a great place to do so to get ready for Revelstoke backcountry touring.
PHOTO: Explore the unknown safely. Hire a certified ski guide to make the most of your day.
Revelstoke Backcountry Touring FAQ’s
Where do I find avalanche information?
Visit Avalanche Canada’s website for information on regional avalanche conditions, weather reports, AST information and much more. Know before you go.
Where should I go?
If you’re unfamiliar with the area, consider hiring a ski guide to safely show you the goods. If you’re interested in Rogers Pass, make sure to check out Revelstoke resident Doug Sproul’s guide Rogers Pass: Uptracks, Bootpacks and Bushpacks.
Revelstoke Backcountry Touring – Locals Tip
Hit up a local coffee shop to stock up on snacks before you start your day of backcountry touring, and you’re guaranteed to run into other adventure seekers in snowpants doing the same!