We specialise in organising amazing week-long ski trips into a selection of Western Canada’s incredible backcountry ski lodges, as well as heli-accessed ski camps and the Great Traverses.
Early winter is training season. Sign up for one of our Avalanche Canada AST-1 or AST-2 courses, a crevasse rescue clinic, or intro to backcountry skiing courses!
I’ve ice climbed many of the hardest waterfalls in the Canadian Rockies, beginning in the mid-90s. I’ve also guided some of the hardest, but I enjoy — just as much — teaching beginners how to swing a tool and kick a step.
Decades of Experience
I started Sawback in 1995, running mountain hiking trips for groups. Since then I've expanded programming to offer just about any mountaineering adventure you could imagine.
Sawback was founded by Tom Wolfe, who is an ACMG Mountain Guide and member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides (IFMGA).
How can I book a trip?
Email or phone me to enquire about a trip you'd like to do. I will offer suggestions and personally help you organize the best possible trip for your group.
Are you a Guide's Service?
Sawback is primarily a small one-man operation. While there are guides who work with large operations in Western Canada there is also a small, co-operative community of independent guides who pass work they can't do on to others who can. If I can't join you in your mountain adventure I will refer you to another independent mountain guide who will.
Today I did three runs I’d never done before — Mystery Rib Left and Right, and Thataway Far Right — so now I think I can say, after almost 15 years, I’ve skied every line on the sunny side of Tom George! We got them — mostly — before the sun did.
Back to merely acceptable today. Nothing beats tree skiing on a powder day, but tree skiing in the sun the day after a powder day is right up there. The feathery footed fellow in the last photo warned us of the intense trailbreaking we had ahead of us and wished us good day.
John Baldwin calls it “a ski tour on the upper edge of classic”. Today, my guests — who have been visiting all of the very best backcountry ski lodge for over thirty years together — called Loft Peak one of the very best days of ski touring ever. 1400 m of perfect snow from the Read more about Loft Peak[…]
Skiing down towards the Rectory Couloir off Solitaire Glacier Burnie Glacier Ski touring week 22-29 March 2019 $2500/person CAD + 5% GST Intro Burnie Glacier Chalet is located near Smithers in northern British Columbia. It has spectacular, rugged alpine terrain with beautiful ski runs that range in nature from gentle glacier runs that can be Read more about Burnie Glacier Chalet March 22-29, 2019[…]
Skiing down towards the Rectory Couloir off Solitaire Glacier Burnie Glacier Ski touring week 8-15 March 2019 $2500/person CAD + 5% GST Intro Burnie Glacier Chalet is located near Smithers in northern British Columbia. It has spectacular, rugged alpine terrain with beautiful ski runs that range in nature from gentle glacier runs that can be Read more about Burnie Glacier Chalet March 8-15, 2019[…]
Craig coming up for air on Thataway 3. That was my best powder day in years. We hit Tom George hard. Heavy trail breaking slowed things down but the ski quality… wow. Deep dry powder in -15° temps meant face shots every turn top to bottom. Nothing like 700 m tree runs with a beautiful Read more about Powder Day[…]
Yesterday a temperature inversion meant +1°C. This morning we woke to more snow and -4°C. Throughout the day the temperature has been dropping and by the time we returned from our day of skiing it was -14° with 10 cm new fluffy snow on the ground and still falling!Today we skied up the ultra classic Read more about Solitaire Ski Peak[…]
(Molly welcoming us home to dinner. I love the light at this time of the year.) Everyone arrived and luggage accounted for last night. The standard late dinner at Boston Pizza, and a good night’s sleep at the Stork Nest Inn. The weather cleared for an uneventful flight into the Chalet. Well not quite uneventful Read more about Exchange day at Burnie![…]
Today I’m flying to to Smithers for two weeks of skiing. In the past two weeks they’ve got well over 200 cm of storm snow and it’s forecast to keep coming down hard this week. High Avalanche hazard, storm, crazy amounts of snow! But I’m stoked, I’ve worked Burnie in all conditions and the beauty Read more about YVR stopover en route to Burnie Glacier[…]
Today we did a short tour up onto the East facing Molars, the backcountry accessed off Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. It was a fun, casual end to the weekend. We started from the old kicking horse lodge at around 10:45 and were back at the car by 2:00!