SKI TRAVERSES

HUT TO HUT SKI TOURING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

POWDER SKIING

GUIDED AND CATERED HELI-ACCESSED SKI TOURING LODGES

SVALBARD SKI & SAIL

SKI THE ARCTIC COASTAL MOUNTAINS OF SPITSBERGEN

SKI MOUNTAINEERING

FROM DAY MISSIONS TO SKI CAMPS IN THE WILDEST PLACES

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sawback

Mountaineering and Adventuring since 1995
Mountain and Ski Trips in Western Canada and beyond

Decades of Experience

Sawback was founded by Tom Wolfe, who is an ACMG Mountain Guide and member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides (IFMGA).

We started Sawback in 1995, running mountain hiking trips for groups. Since then we have expanded programming to offer just about any mountaineering adventure you could imagine.

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.

GUIDES

ACMG AND IFGMA CERTIFIED GUIDES

Tom Wolfe

Mountain Guide
Tom is a full time, independent mountain guide. He’s a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations, and the Canadian Avalanche Association.

Rob Coppolillo

Mountain Guide
Rob lives in Boulder, Colorado and works as an independent mountain guide and writer. He is the owner of Vetta Mountain Guides and author of the Mountain Guide Manual.

Thomas Grandi

Ski Guide
Thomas splits his time between working as a ski guide, running the boutique hotel “Paintbox Lodge” in Canmore, and more recently is the co-owner of Talus Lodge with his wife Sarah Renner.

Conrad Janzen

Mountain Guide
Conrad is a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and the International Federation of Mountain Guides. He splits his time between working as a freelance mountain guide and a Parks Visitor Safety Specialist with Banff National Park.

Google Reviews

  • review rating 5  An awesome trip with a great, conscientious and professional guide. Definitely felt that Tom listened to the whole crew and took our collective objectives, safety, weather, snow conditions and skill sets to get the maximum we could have out of our Bow-Yoho traverse over new years 2018. Super fun trip and lots of hilarious and educational stories and experiences Tom shared with us. And Eric was great to in lending a hand where needed and carrying a ton of weight too. Would definitely recommend both Tom and Eric for any high adventure trips and for any furthering of backcountry education. Not only do they really know their craft, they present their knowledge in a smooth and easy way for all to understand and learn from. Great guides, great guys. All five stars for sure!

    thumb Mark Weaden
    1/16/2018

    review rating 5  Having now done both my AST 1 & 2 with Tom, as well as a guided trip of the Bow Yoho traverse, I can confidently say he is an excellent guide. Fantastic at communicating to the group, setting expectations, examining risk and ensuring a comfortable environment for all participants. If you are looking for someone to guide your next adventure, I couldn't recommend Tom enough!

    thumb Nathan Jones
    1/16/2018

    review rating 5  I've done several trips and courses with Tom. He's a fantastic guide. He has a tonne of knowledge, sets a friendly atmosphere on trips, and really works to make trips as good as he can for everyone on them.

    thumb Ryan Fox
    1/16/2018
  • review rating 5  Having been on a previous tour and AST2 with Tom Wolfe, he is an excellent guide and teacher who I felt shared a lot of knowledge and experience in a short amount of time. Would recommend Tom to anyone going out in the back country, cheers!

    thumb Kevin
    1/16/2018

    review rating 5  I've now spent 9 days in the mountains with Tom of Sawback Alpine Adventures. Tom is methodical in his snowpack analysis and does a great job of breaking down all the steps he takes to be safe. If you are keen on learning how to safely push your limits on snow, Tom does a great job on balancing safety and fun. My trips with him have always seemed to fully embrace the new slogan "send and return" where there is an equal amount of fun turns and exciting climbs as there are snowpack and weather observations.

    thumb Marc Fortin
    1/17/2018

    review rating 5  I've done several trips and courses with Tom. He's a fantastic guide. He has a tonne of knowledge, sets a friendly atmosphere on trips, and really works to make trips as good as he can for everyone on them.

    thumb Ryan Fox
    1/16/2018

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