More About Us

Sawback began in the mid 1990s as a small one-man operation. Since then we have increased our programming to become one of the most successful independent guiding operations in Western Canada. We offer high-end backcountry ski touring trips to ski huts and commercial lodges around Western Canada, as well as exotic trips to the farthest-flung regions of the world. We offer a range of trips each winter aimed at providing our loyal clients, as well as new clients, unique and amazing ski trips of a lifetime.

In addition to ski tours, our internationally certified mountain guides (IFMGA/UIAGM) also offer custom summer and winter climbing trips on rock, alpine and ice. Contact us for details.

Sawback was founded by Tom Wolfe in 1995, running mountain hiking trips for groups. Since then we have expanded programming to offer just about any mountaineering adventure you could imagine. Tom is a trained and internationally certified Mountain Guide and a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and the International Federation of Mountain Guides (IFMGA).

We work with a variety of other certified guides. See our Guides and Partners Page for some photos and brief bios.

How can I book a trip?

For existing trips, simply use our Book Now link to fire off a quick booking request. We will follow up quickly with you to confirm the booking with you.

If you are looking for a custom trip – e.g. a day of ski touring or ice climbing or a multi-day trip that we don’t offer – email or phone us or use our contact form. We will offer suggestions and personally help you organize the best possible trip for you.

Member Associations

Sawback’s guides are members of the following associations:

Canadian Avalanche Association - Professional Member

Canadian Avalanche Association members are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of avalanche safety, and are committed to life-long learning and pursuit of excellence in their fields.

International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations

The International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA/UIAGM), founded in 1965, is the international umbrella for mountain guide associations from more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania, representing a total of almost 6,000 guides.

Avalanche Canada Avalanche Skills Training Provider

Avalanche Canada aims to minimize public risk in avalanche terrain by providing leadership, development, communication, coordination and delivery of public avalanche safety education, warnings, products, and services.

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides

The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides has been the voice for all aspects of mountain guiding and instruction in Canada for over half a century and the first guides outside of Europe to be recognized by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations.

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