Auyuittuq National Park of Canada
Ski touring, ski mountaineering, and glacier travel
Auyuittuq National Park is a place for the experienced skier, mountaineer, and winter camper. Should something go wrong, your party must be prepared to help itself. Rescue is far away. Rescuers may be unable to get to you and are not always available. Skiers touring in the park must consider themselves to be completely isolated. Your group must be prepared for self-sufficiency. We recommend that groups contain a minimum of four persons.
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With every decision you make about this trip, whether it is the route you choose, the time you choose to go or the gear you choose to take, you must seriously consider the consequences of any mistake for yourself and your travel companions.
Parks Canada assumes no responsibility for the way in which the following information is used. The decision to ski or climb any area rests solely with the individual.
Most skiers come to ski Akshayuk Pass, a traverse of the southern portion of the park. Ski travel in Akshayuk Pass, especially the southern section, or Weasel River, is best accomplished either along the summer trail or with the aid of crampons, on the river ice.
Those who seek an alpine powder snow ski experience will not find it in Auyuittuq National Park. Windslab is common, snow cover is variable, and deep powder is very rare.
However, if you think of ski mountaineering as an alpine adventure involving skiing, exploration and climbing, Auyuittuq National Park offers unlimited possibilities. The rock is rough granite, the ice is steep and solid and many peaks have never been climbed.
Although your skis can take you to many peaks and glaciers, most actual ascents will require technical climbing skills and equipment.
With the exception of Akshayuk Pass, much of the park is glaciated. Low temperatures combined with low annual snowfall mean that glacial movement is very slow. Crevasses and icefalls are reduced compared to glaciers in more southerly regions of North America. However, glaciers must still be treated with respect. Groups must travel roped, and must have a thorough knowledge of the techniques of safe glacier travel, including crevasse rescue.
All guides operating in glaciated and / or technical mountain terrain require full IFMGA/IVBV/UIAGM/ACMG certification as an Alpine, Mountain, or Ski guide.