Frozen Experiences of a Lifetime: Ski Hut-to-Hut on the Wapta Traverse

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    Photo: Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

The Wapta is North America’s classic hut-to-hut ski route. It shadows the Icefields Parkway that runs from Jasper to Banff on the far western edge of the Alberta Rockies, and is generally done as a five-day trip. The traverse includes stunning scenery, plenty of powder, and glacier travel with its attendant dangers—travelers should come equipped with avalanche gear and crevasse-rescue skills. You’ll need a decent way-finding ability, too.

The Alpine Club of Canada operates the four huts along the way; reserving your bunk ahead of time is recommended, especially in the peak season for the traverse, February to April. The ACC also offers an eight-day guided traverse for $1,700; Canmore-based Yamnuska Mountain Adventures has four- and six-day guided trips starting from $1,000.

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