Part of the Skyline Trail, this pass can be reached on a day tour either hiking or skiing. Along the way there is a hut operated by a local club. The hut is called Shangri-la. One of the locals favorite ski tour back country cabin. Seasonal closures are in effect, so check with Park Canada information centre prior to heading out on this journey.
A second ski tour to the Columbia Icefield, when I got the call to do this trip, I did not hesitate to say heck ya! The approach to Mt. Kitchener starts at the toe of Athabasca glacier, the same goes for the Snow Dome tour. We took two days to reach the summit of Mt. Kitchener, we built an authentic Igloo for our ultimate winter camping experience.
We hit some exceptional days, so our tour was quite spectacular and breathtaking. Doug Latimer needed to film some footage for his documentary “360 Degrees of Inspiration”, we were lucky to be the recipients of his guiding skills.
While we were building the Igloo, an electrical storm halted our progress for what seem like an hour, sitting on non metallic items and feet on our rope to separate us from the ground. It passed us with no issues.
After the night in the Igloo, I happened to be the last one up, luckily I left the Igloo just before it collapsed. The day was inspirational and breathtaking with amazing views 360 degrees worth. We summit Mt. Kitchener with plenty of day light and get some footage before the decent.