Featured trips

We’ve been offering incredible mountaineering and ski touring trips for over 20 years. Here’s a look at some of the great ski trips we’ll be offering for the 2021 season and beyond.

JaPOW - Feb 18-26, 2022
Epic powder in the land of the Rising Sun.
Japan has formed a legendary reputation for deep powder skiing in January and February. The saying "Don't Leave Powder to Find Powder" is common in western Canada - why leave Canada when we have the best skiing in the world? Well, Japan is a strong contender, and when you add the incredible cultural experience to the mix it rises to the top of any serious skier's bucket list.
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Svalbard Ski and Sail 2019
We are offering two ski and sail trips during the prime season for Arctic ski touring.
The most exotic guided ski touring trip possible: backcountry ski touring and sailing along the west coast of Spitsbergen in the Greenland sea, 1000 km north of Norway, in the Svalbard archipelago of over 60 (mostly unpopulated) islands. It is a wild and remote place, and at a latitude of greater than 78º, high in the Arctic, it is level with Canada's Ellesmere Island, or the northernmost end of Greenland. Yet it easy to access - with three-times daily flights from Oslo - and offers the supreme comfort of a luxury sailing yacht.
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Valhalla Mountain Lodge - Jan 2021 & Feb 2022
The Classic Kootenays Ski Lodge
Vallhalla Mountain Lodge was built in 1987 before most other backcountry lodges in the Koots were imagined. Best terrain, epic snow fall and perfect temperatures = heaven!
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Fischer Hannibal 106
Early season is the time to book your avalanche skills training course! I'm offering quite a few this year in partnership with SplitboardHQ. Check out the dates and see if any fit your schedule. If you have a group (2 or more) and dates don't fit, let us know and we'll open up a custom date slot that works for you.
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Avalanche Skills Training 2
Our AST 2 program is your next step to understanding how to travel safely in the mountains. This program focuses on expanding on the AST 1 program with more advanced weather and snow evaluation and, a lot more time in the mountains with our professional guides observing and moving in and around avalanche terrain.
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Antarctica 2021
Antarctica 2021 Expedition
In November/December 2021 we are partnering with Ski Antarctica to provide an unforgettable trip of a lifetime to Antarctica by sailboat. Our trip takes place late in the Austral Spring, which means abundant around the clock light. The skiing, sea kayaking and photography opportunities are unparalleled.
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Wapta Traverse Feb and March 2021
Hut to Hut skiing in the Canadian Rockies
This is the Classic Wapta traverse. An excellent hut system, perfect terrain for traverses, and easy access to excellent ski mountaineering objectives. By March the snowpack is settled and the travelling is easy, but with great low-density powder skiing still.
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Ski Touring Teslin's at Burnie Glacier Chalet
NEW! Maximum group size of 8. The most spectacular landscape of all the BC lodges
One of Canada's very best ski touring lodges, Burnie is surrounded by towering glaciated peaks with epic 1500 m runs, and 700 m tree skiing behind the hut!
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Fjords of Northern Norway Ski and Sail
Discover the spectacular maritime skiing of Northern Norway.
The first week will be spent skiing along the coastal mountains of the Lyngen Alps, staying in quaint mountain huts and hotels in small towns. On day 6 we will board the Rembrandt van Rijn and continue along the rugged coastline of Northern Norway, exploring the fjords and glaciated peaks that makes this region so famous.
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Guided Backcountry Days
Join us on a guided backcountry splitboarding//skiing in the Rockies. These days are set up as objective based outings with a large element of education built into the day. An ideal way to get out and see/experience more committing terrain under the guidance and leadership of our fully certified ACMG ski/board guides.
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More About Us

Sawback was founded by Tom Wolfe in 1995, running mountain hiking trips for groups. Since then we have expanded programming to offer just about any mountaineering adventure you could imagine. Tom is a trained and internationally certified Mountain Guide and a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and the International Federation of Mountain Guides (IFMGA).

We work with a variety of other certified guides. See our Guides and Partners Page for some photos and brief bios.

How can I book a trip?

For existing trips, simply use our Book Now link to fire off a quick booking request. We will follow up quickly with you to confirm the booking with you.

If you are looking for a custom trip - e.g. a day of ski touring or ice climbing or a multi-day trip that we don't offer - email or phone us or use our contact form. We will offer suggestions and personally help you organize the best possible trip for you .

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 Tom can't join you in your mountain adventure we will refer you to another independent mountain guide who will.

Member Associations

Sawback's guides are members of the following associations:

Canadian Avalanche Association members are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of avalanche safety, and are committed to life-long learning and pursuit of excellence in their fields.

The International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA/UIAGM), founded in 1965, is the international umbrella for mountain guide associations from more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania, representing a total of almost 6,000 guides.

Avalanche Canada aims to minimize public risk in avalanche terrain by providing leadership, development, communication, coordination and delivery of public avalanche safety education, warnings, products, and services.

The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides has been the voice for all aspects of mountain guiding and instruction in Canada for over half a century and the first guides outside of Europe to be recognized by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations.