Ashlu-Elaho Divide Traverse

Types: Ski and Snowboarding, Touring, Traverse

Region: Sea to Sky

Ashlu-Elaho Divide Traverse

Ashlu-Elaho Divide Traverse: All the amazing fun of a ski traverse, none of the heavy backpacks!

Ashlu-Elaho Divide Traverse

The Ashlu-Elaho Divide traverse is a 3-day high alpine ski route that follows a series of ridges and glaciers across the divide between the Ashlu and Elaho rivers. Hard to reach and seldom attempted, this traverse is ideal for really getting away from the crowds, enjoying the quiet stillness of the backcountry all while putting your unique signature in some pristine snow.

The terrain along the Ashlu-Elaho divide skis like it was designed for touring! Every beautiful slope down leads to a ramp back up. The only hard part is getting up there.

For this trip we’ll utilize the helicopter to drop off all our camping equipment at the start of the trip before getting out at the start of the traverse. We then spend the day high up in the alpine enjoying the trek and ski to the camp with just our day packs. The next day (or two depending on the package) is spent enjoying all the amazing ski runs and alpine peaks around camp. Then, on the final day, we pack-up our camp in the morning and leave it for the helicopter while we complete our traverse. That way we complete the Ashlu-Elaho never having to carry a heavy backpack!

Designed as an amazing ski traverse that doesn’t require any big packs and hauling camps. If you’d rather ski amazing alpine, glaciated runs than schlep heavy packs around in the mountains then this just might be the ticket!

Upcoming Departures:

Fine Print:

  • A $300 deposit is due upon booking
  • The final payment due 30 days prior to the trip
  • Trips subject to 5% GST
  • We highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance
  • Be sure to look over our Booking Policies
  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver

Arrival Day:

  • Meeting at the Squamish Airport to complete waivers and finalize packing
  • Fly up into the Ashlu-Elaho divide & drop off our camping equipment
  • Backtrack to the start of the traverse & get dropped off at Zig Zag Peak
  • Ski a few amazing runs as we work our way over to camp
  • Set-up camp and have a great dinner

Day 2 (&3):

  • Have an amazing breakfast in the mountains as the sun rises
  • Head out for a day of skiing the peaks and valleys around
  • Get back to camp for a great dinner and maybe a glass of wine

Departure Day:

  • Pack up the camp in the morning after breakfast
  • Continue the traverse skiing a few more amazing runs on the way
  • Get picked up by the helicopter, grab our camp & head back to the hanger
Ashlu-Elaho Divide Traverse
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Highlights

  • Luxurious, helicopter supplied camp
  • Amazing alpine glaciers
  • Great Skiing
Types Ski and Snowboarding, Touring, Traverse
Region Sea to Sky
Season March & April
Prices From $1,249.00

Difficulty: Difficulty: Intermediate Intermediate

Moderate fitness, Intermediate Ski Skills

What's Included

  • 1 hr of Helicopter Flight Time
  • Pre-trip planning & support
  • ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guide
  • Breakfasts & Dinners while in the field
  • Group safety equipment
  • Winter camping equipment (stoves, tent, etc.)
  • Permits & Insurance
  • Black Sheep Adventure Sports hat

What's Not Included

  • Personal equipment (some rentals are available)
  • Lunches & Snacks
  • Transportation to/from Squamish
  • Accommodation in Squamish
  • Trip cancellation, travel & medical insurance
  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, skis, etc.)
  • Extra days due to weather

Prerequisites

This is an intermediate ski touring program.  You must have some ski touring experience and be an intermediate downhill skier. Winter camping experience is not needed. If you’re unsure of your ability feel free to contact us to discuss the trip.

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