Rogers Pass And The Winter Permit System
By now you have certainly seen social media posts about how good the skiing in Rogers pass has been. We have been blessed with good early season coverage and have been skiing for a month already. Big lines have been skied all over Glacier national park these last few weeks and by the looks of the skied out terrain many people have been enjoying the classic areas ( moguls ). Early season has given way to the regular season and with that comes the winter permit system which went into effect November 20th. If you are brand new to ski touring in Glacier or it's your 15th season we all need to know how the system works and comply with its regulations. If you plan on being in Revelstoke more than a few days, the annual winter permit is a real time saver. Nothing worse than waiting in line for your daily permit when other are already breaking trail to the goods! Information on the program can be in the links below.
In Rogers Pass, explosive artillery fire is regularly used on mountain slopes to protect highway and railway traffic from natural avalanches. Parks Canada's Winter Permit System separates skiers from artillery fire and the resulting avalanches. All of the mountain slopes that face the Trans-Canada Highway and railway corridor as well as all parking areas in Glacier National Park are part of the Winter Permit System .
Do I need a Winter Permit? Most likely. Unless you’re skiing exclusively in a Winter Unrestricted Area you will need a Winter Permit. Failure to carry a valid Winter Permit can result in a fine of up to $25,000. Entering a closed area may expose you to artillery fire, explosives, or the resulting avalanches.
Skiers or boarders entering Prohibited Areas, closed Restricted Areas or Restricted Areas without a Winter Permit put the future of the Winter Permit System at risk. In order for backcountry users to continue to have access to restricted slopes, avalanche forecasters and the army need to be confident that there is complete compliance with the Winter Permit system.
Winter Permits and national parks passes are available from the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre at Rogers Pass.
PARKS CANADA - WINTER IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
WEATHER & WEBCAMS
ROGERS PASS BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS APP
WINTER TERRAIN ATLAS
AVALANCHE TERRAIN EXPOSURE SCALE
AVALANCHE TERRAIN MAPS
ASSOCIATION OF CANADIAN MOUNTAIN GUIDES