A Guide to Skiing Rogers Pass in Golden BC

Earn your turns in some of the best terrain in North America.

By: Tourism Golden
January 3, 2017

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With seemingly endless powder days, easy access from Golden (just 45 minutes!), and a vast array of world-class terrain, it’s no wonder that Rogers Pass is considered the ski-touring capitol of Canada. Whether you’re a seasoned backcountry skier ready to skin your way up to the top or you’d like to hire a guide to show you the ropes, every backcountry enthusiast will have a blast shredding Rogers Pass. So book your trip to Golden, check out a few of our tips, and we’ll see you on the slopes!


Photo: Andrew Mirabito 

First things first, decide whether you’ve got the backcountry know-how to navigate the terrain without a guide. If you’d prefer to be joined by an expert, there is an extensive network of qualified Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) based in Golden, they will help you get acquainted with the terrain, have an incredible time, and do it safely. Head to Higher Ground Sports Sports they will connect you with the right guide for your group size and dynamic, plus it's a great place to rent or pick up any gear you may have forgotten.


Photo: Drew Wittstock

If you’re heading out without a guide, be sure to check the Parks Canada website to see what is open for skiing and to get your permits. You’ll have to score 100% on the Winter Permit Quiz first, but once you’ve passed the test and scoped out what is open, it’s time to pick your line!

There is a wide range of tours available in the pass. Here are a few of the local favorites:

Asulkan Cabin: Just past the pass as you head west, you can see it from the highway on clear day.

8812 Bowl: This is a very popular tour in the area. It’s easy to get into and once you’re there you’ll find plenty of cool options for different skill levels and touring desires.

Connaught Creek: Tour from the visitor center to a bunch of classics like Balu Pass, The Hourglass, and Grizzly Trees.

Ursus Trees: If skiing glades is your style or it’s a poor visibility day, the trees of Ursus Major and Ursus Minor will do the trick.

To learn the ins and outs of skiing Rogers Pass, we recommend picking up Douglas Sproul’s book, Rogers Pass: Uptracks, Bootpacks & Bushwhacks. Each tour is given an emoji that makes it easy to gauge the difficulty, danger, and potential for fun.


Photo: Drew Wittstock

Of course, you’re going to need to fuel up before and recharge after your powder day. On your way out of town from Golden, stop by Bluebird Cafe, a favorite for fresh, local coffee and a hearty bite. After a long day of shredding, you’ll have earned yourself a celebratory beer and the brand new Whitetooth Brewing Co. is the spot. Hit up the tasting room, fill up a cheap growler or grab a few beers to take home. Or do all three! For a delicious and filling bite in a local, comfortable atmosphere, you can’t beat ELEVEN22.

Cover photo: Drew Wittstock

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