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Rogers Pass

Golden is located close to Rogers Pass, famous for its incredible ski touring terrain and annual snowfall in excess of 10 meters, which makes Golden the perfect destination for the serious skier.

Rogers Pass is also home to the world's largest mobile avalanche control program. This means that explosive artillery fire is regularly used on mountain slopes in Rogers Pass to protect highway and railway traffic from natural avalanches. The Winter Permit System separates skiers from these explosives and resulting avalanches.



What is the Winter Permit System?

The Winter Permit System divides Glacier National Park into three areas:


Winter Restricted Areas Winter Prohibited Areas Winter Unrestricted Areas

These areas are opened or closed daily depending on planned artillery fire.

To enter these areas:

These areas are closed to visitors all winter and illegal to enter. They are not open for skiing at any time.

These areas are open to visitors all winter.

To enter these areas:

  • You must have a national park pass


Rogers Pass checklist

Before you ski Rogers Pass, you must:

  • Get your Winter Permit
    • Have a Winter Permit for every member of your group. Digital permits are accepted if you are unable to print a copy.
    • Display a legible printed Winter Parking Permit on the dashboard of the vehicle(s) you will be using.
  • Check which areas are open today on the Rogers Pass Backcountry Access interactive map.

  •  Get a national park pass for every member of your group. Available by phone at 250-837-7500,  or at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.
  • Understand the risks of backcountry recreation, how to travel in avalanche terrain, and how to practice self-rescue techniques.
  • Have an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe for every member of the group.
  • Check today's Avalanche Bulletin to determine the current conditions.
  • Carefully plan your route using online resources, maps, guidebooks, and information from Parks Canada.
  • Know before you go. Check for highway conditions and updates.

How do I get a Winter Permit?

Annual Winter Permits are strongly encouraged. An Annual Winter Permit allows you to access open Winter Permit System areas without visiting the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre each morning. If you don’t have enough time to acquire an annual Winter Permit, options for skiing at Rogers Pass are:

  1. Skiing in an unrestricted area at Rogers Pass, but you must be aware of area boundaries.
  2. Visit the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre to acquire a daily winter permit.

You can apply online for your Annual Winter Permit and will receive the permit by email. You will need to have a digital or print copy of the permit with you while you are skiing or snowboarding in Rogers Pass. You will also need a print copy of the corresponding Winter Parking Permit to display on the dashboard of the vehicle(s) parked at the trailhead.

Apply online for your free Annual Winter Permit

If you have any additional questions about the Annual Winter Permit process, please contact Parks Canada by email at or by phone at 250-837-7500.

Learn more about ski touring in Rogers Pass and the winter permit system including