Rogers Pass: a true Canadian mountain skiing experience


I am always looking for somewhere new to explore on skis.

So I was intrigued by descriptions of Rogers Pass written in Chic Scott's book Alpine Ski Tours in the Columbia Mountains and by the tales my friends have told me about touring there.

Rogers Pass is known as one of the premier ski touring destinations in North America and more and more people from all over the world are visiting to check out the legendary snow, big mountain feel and massive terrain selection.

So it was with some excitement that my husband Glenn and I headed to area recently.

A high mountain pass through the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia Rogers Pass is used by the Canadian Pacific Railway and the Trans-Canada Highway . The pass is a shortcut across the "Big Bend" of the Columbia River from Revelstoke on the west to Donald , near Golden , on the east. The pass was discovered on 29 th May 1881, by Major Albert Bowman Rogers , a surveyor working for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

It is in the heart of Glacier National Park , in the midst of mountains popular for ski mountaineering , camping, hiking and mountain climbing ever since the region became accessible in 1886. The location has tourist services including the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, a hotel and National Park services. Rogers Pass is commemorated as a Canadian national historic site.

At Rogers Pass, you have a choice of staying at the affordable Glacier Park Lodge, roadside camping, or in one of several huts in the area. Since it was our first time out in Rogers Pass on skis, we wanted to check out a few different mountains in the area so we decided to stay at the lodge. It is an old but comfortable building with friendly staff, and the quintessential bearskins on the wall and huge stone fireplace. It also boasts a satisfying pub-food restaurant and was a very warm and dry place to stay ... actually it was almost too hot in our room! We had our windows open all night long while it was -20 C outside.

Every morning before we headed out for the day, we stopped at the Rogers Pass Discovery CenterĀ  - located in the upstairs of the lodge - to get all the information we needed for the day; up to date snow stability, weather reports, vehicle permits and permits for skiing certain areas.

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