Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 52.18694°N / 117.31694°W
Activities Activities: Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Elevation: 11322 ft / 3451 m
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Brief overview

Snow Dome is the 11,322 foot/3451 metre peak to the right as you look up the Athabasca icefield from the Columbia Icefield Centre. It was called "The Dome" by its first ascent party of Collie, Stutfield and Woolley in 1898. The "Snow" part was apparently added at a later date. This mountain is a popular ski climb via the south slopes in spring.



Camping on the glacier. Jonathan Stanley

Snow Dome - A Hydrological Apex of North America

Snow Dome is the "hydrographic apex" of North America. Which means the snow that melts off of its summit drains into three oceans. To the Pacific via the Columbia river, to the Artic via The Athabasca river, and to the Atlantic by the North Saskatchwen river. This highly interesting part of its geography is explained in detail at the Columbia Icefields Centre and is well worth dodging the tourists to visit while you are in the area.


Some other notes of interest. Rocky Mountains of Canada lists it as 3,451 metres/ 11,322 feet. The Atlas of Canada lists it as 3,520 metres/ 11,545 feet. Imperial Topographics list it as Metres/11,500 feet


Getting there

From Banff, take Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway, to Lake Louise, then turn north on Highway 93, the Icefield Parkway, to reach the mountain. The trailhead is found just west of Highway 93, 189 kilometers north of Banff. A small Snocoach Road leading to the trailhead is across the highway from the Columbia Icefield Centre, 103 kilometers south of Jasper, Alberta.



First acsents and climbing season in the Columbia Icefield

The headwall on Snow Dome. Jonathan Stanley

FIRST ASCENT South slopes August 20, 1898 by Norman Collie, Hugh Stutfield and Herman Woolley via the south slopes.

North-west buttress 1967 by Don Vockeroth and Charles Raymond. (VI, 5.7 A2) 1979 by John Lauchlan and Jim Elzinga. Slipstream route (VI, WI4)

Climbing seasons For most people. Two seasons two methods of travel. March to Mid-July on Skis. Mid-July to September on foot.

Has been climbed in winter with the aid of skis. Notably in 1931 by Clifford White, Russell Bennett and Joe Weiss.

Mountain Conditions and Weather in the Columbia Icefield



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MichaelJ - Mar 5, 2010 7:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Commitment Grade 6

Slipstream is VI not IV.

William Marler

William Marler - Mar 14, 2010 4:08 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Commitment Grade 6

Thanks. Cheers William


seano - May 9, 2018 12:47 pm - Hasn't voted

Other left

"Snow Dome is the 11,322 foot/3451 metre peak to the lft as you look up the Athabasca icefield..." I believe it's to the right -- Andromeda is to the left.

William Marler

William Marler - May 9, 2018 1:10 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Other left

Hi thanks. Your quite "right" not sure how I got that wrong and I even misspelled Left wrong. Changed. Regards William

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