SKI LODGE TRIPS
We specialise in organising amazing week-long ski trips into a selection of Western Canada’s incredible backcountry ski lodges.
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.
I’ve been ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies since the mid-90s and have guided many of the hardest lines as well as coached beginners up easy flows at the Junkyards and King Creek. Drop me a line to discuss your private guiding needs.
I spent this past weekend in Rogers Pass finishing the second part of an AST-2 class. We had a great time, spending Saturday in the Ursus Trees area and Sunday up the Illicilliwaet drainage. Sure enough the surface hoar problems discussed in the Parks avalanche bulletins were easy to find and very reactive especially below Read more about Rogers Pass AST-2[…]
The best of both worlds: lift accessed powder backcountry skiing! January 4th I headed out with Rohan, Deb and Miriam to the south side of Bye-Bye Bowl. Great skiing with a short little tour back inbounds to catch the Divide Chair for another lap!
I completed a 4-day Yoho Traverse yesterday with a very hardy group Dec 29-Jan 1. We experienced very cold temperatures, ranging from -35C to -17C. Face protection in the form of buffs and goggles were essential at times, especially on the glaciers, and toe warmers helped keep things as comfortable as possible. On the first Read more about Bow-Yoho Traverse[…]
On my birthday I like to go for a ski with the family. This year on December 23rd we headed to Simpson Bowl. It’s also known by “Secret Bowl” or “Hidden Bowl” which are tongue in cheek I think since you can literally see it from the road 500 m away. It’s also called the Read more about Birthday Ski[…]
Hero’s Knob is a super popular destination for classic loops and powder backcountry skiing descents, both moderate and fairly extreme. Dec 21 I spent the day doing the classic loop with Jörg, Mike, Alicja and Maryke. The descent down the Hero’s north bowl was fantastic!!
Today was a multi-sports day for me. I spent the bulk of the day teaching an AST-1 field day at Chester Lake where we skied on some incredibly beautiful surface hoar. Surface hoar is mountain dew that forms in the winter time, the result of cold surface snow (super-cooled by radiant heat loss the way Read more about Skiing and Skating[…]
THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED You have taken your AST 1, you have solid experience in the backcountry and you dedicate most of your free time to recreating in the backcountry; this is a course for you. An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides a more advanced decision-making Read more about AST-2 Jan 6-7 & 13-14, 2018[…]
THIS TRIP IS FULLY BOOKED The Wapta Icefield is an incredible destination for ski mountaineering. Really, it has it all: an excellent hut system, perfect terrain for traverses, and easy access to excellent ski mountaineering objectives. The best time of the year is late March to late April when the snowpack is settled and you Read more about Bow-Yoho Traverse March 16-22, 2018[…]
THIS TRIP IS FULLY BOOKED The Wapta Icefield is an incredible destination for ski mountaineering. Really, it has it all: an excellent hut system, perfect terrain for traverses, and easy access to excellent ski mountaineering objectives. The classic Wapta Traverse runs roughly north-south across the expanse of the Wapta and Waputik Icefields passing by four Read more about Bow-Yoho Traverse Dec 28-Jan 1, 2017[…]