Ski Mountaineering in Banff

Climbing the Canadian Rockies in Winter: That’s What Ski Mountaineering is All About

Ski mountaineering: the ultimate winter sport in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies.You’ve heard of mountaineering, and you’ve heard of skiing – we’ve got both here in Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies, of course. But we’ve also got what you call ski mountaineering.

Ski mountaineering is just what it sounds like: a sport that combines the skills and techniques of skiing – Nordic, downhill and telemark – with those of mountaineering. Ski mountaineers are typically willing to tackle any sort of surface they may come across on the mountain – snow, of course, but not just powder; rock and ice. This is what distinguishes the sport from ski touring.

Yamnuska: your guides for every Canadian Rockies adventure.In fact ski mountaineers may also use the equipment used in traditional mountaineering when they’re not on skis: crampons, ice axes, protection, and ropes. Most of the time they are on skis – these skis and boots typically have binding that allows the heel to lift similar to Nordic skis and boots — but the mountaineering equipment may come out of the pack when skiers come across the an otherwise inaccessible part of the mountain.

It’s a great way to see the alpine beauty of the Canadian Rockies and Western Canada in winter. And there is no better chance to see wildlife during the winter months than out in the backcountry wilderness.

Sound like fun? Sound like a challenge? Then come to Banff and try ski mountaineering on for size. Many tour companies can provide you with guides and equipment rental. If ski mountaineering sounds like a bit much, there is always traditional cross-country or backcountry skiing and hut-to-hut traverses.

Yamnuska Mountain Adventures offers a number of tours, programs and packages for your Canadian Rockies backcountry ski trip. These include instruction courses for both backcountry/cross-country skiing and ski mountaineering, as well as avalanche safety.
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Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

200 – 50 Lincoln Park
Canmore, Alberta, Canada


Canadian Rockies Lodges & Inns

Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge
Get great deals on lodging in our newly renovated rooms & cabins surrounded by Jasper scenery.

Johnston Canyon
The Johnston Canyon Resort is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies in beautiful Alberta.

Mount Robson Inn
A Jasper hotel offering family friendly accommodations in the Canadian Rockies with landscapes that will capture your heart.

Mountaineer Lodge
Comfortable lodge located in Lake Louise, nestled in a pine forest with tremendous views of Mount Temple and its summit glacier.


Canadian Rockies Activities

Banff Backpacking & Mountaineering
We are the premier provider of trekking, mountaineering, and rock climbing in the Canadian Rockies.

Banff ATV Tours & Zipling
Experience the beauty of the Canadian Rockies on an ATV Tour. Or have fun Ziplining in Banff, Alberta!

Winter Icewalk Tours
in Jasper, Alberta

Join us on the three-hour Maligne Canyon Icewalk, where you will discover frozen waterfalls & elaborate ice caves!

Whitewater Rafting in Jasper, Alberta
Raft the exciting Sunwapta or the Athabasca River, or try the Fraser River in B.C. Raft Jasper!

Raft the Kicking Horse
in Banff, Alberta

The Kicking Horse River is one of the best
known for rafting tours...

White Water Rafting in
the Canadian Rockies

Experience whitewater adventure in the Canadian Rockies...

Golf Banff
Golf Jasper
The best & most beautiful golf courses in the Canadian Rockies...

Canadian Rockies
Golf Guide

Golf BC, Jasper, Banff and the beautiful Canadian Rockies....