USEFUL INFORMATION – Rogers Pass – 2017


This collection of information was written in response to a disturbing incident in early season December 2017 where an un-named group skied a closed area under the Winter Permit system in Rogers Pass. An online conversation cast light on some views that this poach could possibly have resulted from ignorance of the Winter Permit System of Rogers Pass. Access to many (but not all touring locations) in Glacier National Park (“GNP”) is through a permit system designed to allow for safe travel for backcountry travellers during times of avalanche control. Frequent visitors will get an Annual Permit (quiz available here); something you can also do online if you want to avoid a lineup and wait at the Discovery Centre.

Avalanche control in the Pass may result in areas being closed so it is important to check to see what’s open before you go.

These collection of links and information is one person’s attempt to mitigate such ignorance. It cannot be the end-all be-all. I will search-engine optimize this so the links can be found easily via Google or search engine. Obviously if a person is unwilling or does not do a search about Rogers Pass these links will not be useful. THEREFORE IT IS UP TO YOU TO USE YOUR BRAIN AND A COMPUTER OR THE RESOURCES AT THE VISITOR CENTRE TO EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT SKIING AT ROGERS PASS BEFORE YOU GO.

I will try to update these links and keep them current.

Visitor Centre – Rogers Pass.

Parks Canada - Winter Permit system

Emergency Number 1-877-852-3100

Parks Canada – Winter travel

Current Winter Restricted Area status (updated daily

Quick Guide to Winter Permit System (Winter-Permit-ENG)

Winter Terrain Atlas – Pictures of terrain (high res – TerrainAtlas_english hi-res); (low res – Winter Terrain Atlas complete-small-eng)

Avalanche Terrain Maps (showing avalanche exposed areas)

  1. - Asulkan and Illecillewaet
  2. - Connaught Creek
  3. - Loop Brook
  4. - NRC Gully
  5. - Hermit Meadows

Other useful links (from the author and from Geobackcountry’s Rogers Pass guide – thanks to Doug Sproul for permission to reproduce)

Parks Canada

Road Conditions

Weather, Snowpack and Avalanche

Other information

Ski areas

Maps and Imagery

Contact us via to suggest added links; correct links etc.

Revision date is December 16, 2017 –

Obtaining data about snow depth

Obtaining data about snow quality



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