There aren't many places on Earth with better ski touring than Canmore and there aren't many tougher ski tours than these! The tours in this guidebook range from glaciated, traverse-style tours through to very steep couloir descents.Less
A series of fun chutes will have you lapping all day long if you want. Each chute is approximately 200 meters and there are plenty of options to get as sendy as you want in this area. They are all black diamond to double black diamond steep and some of the chutes have small cliff drops or playful features.
This Couloir is tricky to hit in the right conditions. It's a beautiful 800 meter line which is hard to get right; due to wind it is not always fully filled in. The snow can also be very faceted in this couloir and it's prudent to be patient, check the stability and ski in the area a bit before attempting this line. There are a number of rock outcroppings and rocks on the route so it isn't an "open up with big swoopy turns" kind of couloir - more of a technical "ski with care" line.
Miner's Couloir is a classic Canmore local ski tour. It is not always in condition but when it is it gets skied a lot. You need to be up early to ski it, and you'll be drinking coffee in town by 10am!
This ski line is not to be taken lightly - it's a very steep and narrow couloir which should be only undertaken in good stability by expert skiers. If you want to ski this couloir from the summit you need to ascend the Commonwealth ridge and rappel into it. This is an extreme route and requires anchor building and gear. If you want to just ski a portion you can boot pack up from the bottom starting at the Commonwealth ridge, Pigs Tail Col. This is a very aesthetic but sustained and steep line.
This is one of the crown jewels of the Kananaskis region a must-do for ski mountaineers who like long days, technical travel and stunning views. This route takes you onto two Glaciers - the Haig and the Robertson and you should travel with full glacier gear and a minimum of three people on this route.
This is a nice loop ski tour with a steeper descent. The trailhead is the same as you would park for Hero's Knob and you initially head in the same direction, but instead of continuing up the drainage and turning right toward Mount Murray you head left toward Black Prince Ridge.