Ski Mountaineering Day Trip of Mt Gordon Wapta Icefields

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Alberta, Canada, North America
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Apr 26, 2008
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Ski Mountaineering Day Trip of Mt Gordon Wapta Icefields
Created On: May 18, 2008
Last Edited On: Dec 11, 2013


One day ski trip to summit of Mount Gordon in the Wapta Icefield, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies.
Approximately 28 km round trip and 1250 m ( 17.5 miles and 4100 feet). Just over 5 hours up and 2-3 hours to ski down.

This ascent is described in detail in Chic Scott's "Summits and Icefields- Canadian Rockies - Alpne Ski Tours".

Park alongside the road into Num-ti-jah Lodge and ski across Bow Lake, and approach as per the Bow Hut access.

We passed several large groups in the canyon. It is better to be spaced out in this terrain trap but the avalanche hazard was low.
bow hut approach

Large bowl below the headwall up to Bow Hut after exiting the canyon section.

Below Bow Hut

Bow Hut on bench with Saint Nicholas Peak behind.

Bow Hut/Saint Nicholas

Gain glacier above hut. Ski up past Saint Nicholas and across glacier

Saint Nicholas

Looking back at Saint Nicholas
Wapta icefield

Crossing glacier to Mt. Gordon. Route goes right around rocky buttress.
Mount Gordon

Summit with Mt Balfour in background.
Summit of Gordon

Mount Balfour and Diableret glacier to right.(great sking)
Mount Balfour

Telephoto of Mount Balfour. Balfour is also a ski mountaineering objective and is climbed from the opposite side from Balfour hut.
Mount Balfour

Sking down below Saint Nicholas.
skiing below St. Nick


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Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr - Sep 9, 2009 12:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Super Envious of your trip Bill.

Glad you enjoy the pictures. Us Calgarians are lucky to have some great mountains/icefields to ski.

Your Wasatch backcountry ski terrain and photos look really good as well. I have skied some resorts in Utah but never had the opportunity/time to do backcountry.

Take care.

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