Summits & Icefields 2

This new edition of Summits & Icefields 2: Alpine Ski Tours in the Columbia Mountains continues RMB’s tradition of offering snow enthusiasts updated editions of our bestselling guidebooks. Researched and written by legendary alpinist Chic Scott, with the assistance of certified mountain guide Mark Klassen, this guidebook—along with its companion volume Summits & Icefields 1: Alpine Ski Tours in the Canadian Rockies (RMB, 2011)—will continue to be the bibles for ski mountaineers looking to experience the winter grandeur of western Canada’s mountain ranges.

Completely revised and updated, this new edition will feature both classic and new tours, along with information on a variety of locations that has either been greatly expanded or freshly redone, including the ever-popular sections on Rogers Pass and the Bugaboos to Rogers Pass Traverse. With stunning, full-colour photos throughout and featuring digitally shaded maps prepared from satellite imagery, these new editions will set a unique standard for ski guidebooks in North America.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Summits & Icefields 2 1
Contents 7
Preface 9
Acknowledgements 10
Introduction to the Columbia Mountains 11
Alpine Ski Touring in the Columbia Mountains 13
Hazards 13
When to Go 14
Geography 15
Weather 16
Snowpack 19
Avalanche Activity 21
Avalanche Danger Ratings 22
Public Avalanche Bulletins 22
Terrain 22
Terrain Ratings 24
Mapping Resources 25
Grid References and Map Datums 26
Helicopter Access 27
Snowmobile Access 29
Trip Planning Resources 29
Safety Registrations 29
Communicating from the Field 29
Mountain Rescue 30
Calling for a Rescue 31
Travel Information, Regulations and Fees 33
Reaching the Columbia Mountains 33
Transportation Once You Are There 33
Telephone Area Codes 34
Time Zones 34
Where to Stay 34
Food, Gear and Other Supplies 36
Land Managers 36
Regulations 36
National Park Entrance Fees 37
Staying Overnight in the Backcountry 37
How To Use This Book 38
Overview Map 41
Rogers Pass 42
A Little History 42
Skiing In Rogers Pass 43
Special Hazards 44
A Note on Tracksetting 45
Map Resources 46
Rogers Pass Discovery Centre 46
Prohibited Areas, Restricted Areas and Unrestricted Areas 46
Rogers Pass Overview 47
Designated Access Routes 49
Permits and Waivers 50
Parking 50
Highway Closures 50
Glacier Park Lodge 51
Overnight Backcountry Use 52
Huts 52
Links 55
Connaught 55
Hermit 69
MacDonald West Shoulder and NRC Gully 76
Cheops 78
Avalanche 80
Illecillewaet and Asulkan 84
Loop 104
Bostock 108
Flat Creek 113
Hut-Based Backcountry Centres 118
Ben Ferris (Great Cairn) Hut 125
Columbia Valley Hut Society Huts 127
Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park 141
Dore Huts 146
Yora Huts 147
Tent-Based Backcountry Centres 148
Bugaboos 148
Azure Pass 149
Farm Pass 150
Frisby Creek 151
Argentine Glacier 152
Hallam Peak 152
Moberly Pass 152
Nelson Classics 153
Tours near Whitewater Ski Resort 153
Kootenay Pass 159
Other Tours Near Nelson 166
Revelstoke Classics 172
Shorter Traverses 175
The Grand Traverses 206
A Little History 206
Skiing the Grand Traverses 209
The Northern Cariboos Traverse 215
The Southern Cariboos Traverse 223
The Monashee Traverse 231
The Northern Selkirks Traverse 240
Bugaboos to Rogers Pass Traverse 248
The Southern Purcells Traverse 249
The Valhalla Traverse 258
Golden to Revelstoke Traverse 266
Bugaboos to Rogers Pass Traverse 273
The Backcountry Ski Lodges 309
Resources 338
Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale 340
ATES Technical Model 340
Helicopter Signalling 342
Canadian Avalanche Centre Companion Rescue Plan 342
Gear 342
Maps 343
Trip Planning 344
Index 347
Sources/Readings 349
Companion Rescue 350
About the Authors 352