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.
Ski and Sail Spitzbergen – 22 May – 1 June, 2018 – $7330/person – FULL. This is a truly exploratory ski touring expedition in the rugged mountains of Spitsbergen, the only (barely) populated Island in the Svalbard Island group of about 60 islands in the Arctic Ocean north of Norway at a Latitude of 79º. Few Read more about Ski and Sail Spitzbergen 2018[…]
Today I completed a week-long guided traverse from Bow Lake to Field, my 3rd and final Bow Yoho of the season! Throughout the week the area saw up to 50 cm of storm snow. Early in the week (Wednesday) there was a strong wind event and a natural avalanche cycle up to size 3. By Read more about Bow Yoho Traverse #3, amazing winter skiing in late April![…]
Sunrise Lodge Ski touring week Friday, Feb 9 to Friday, Feb 16 2019 $2350/person CAD + 5% GST Intro Sunrise Lodge is located at the headwaters of Wisted creek and offers stunning views of Rockies to the west and Purcells to the south. Sunrise is the southern gateway to the amazing Esplanade range, including Meadow, Read more about Sunrise Lodge February 9-16, 2019[…]
A fantastic little video introducing you to our amazing week at Nirvana Pass. Thanks to Daniel Fong (📷) and Michelle Cheng (editing).
Feb 24-March 3 was spent at the unbelievable Valhalla Mountain Lodge, where we had over a hundred 40 cm of storm snowfall throughout the week with very little wind. Needless to say the skiing was perfect, day after day after day. The only day was the snow shoveling to keep the lodge and sugar shack Read more about Valhalla Mountain Lodge[…]
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.
What’s better than tree skiing on a powder day? Well, nothing, but a very close second is tree skiing in the sun the day after a powder day. This happy fellow welcomed us to his home but warned us of the heavy trail breaking
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 Lee Lau Spine/Meadow Ski Week Friday, March 8 to Friday, March 15 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 Read more about Burnie Glacier Chalet March 22-29, 2019[…]