Banff National Park, AB
Hector is a worthy, big alpine day with 1600 metres of ascent. It requires a good high pressure system creating strong overnight freezes, and warm and long days above freezing to lock in the snowpack.
The north glacier is big and planar with lots of crevasses, so it needs a clear day with a very early start. Certainly the smaller the group, the more quickly we can move and the better chance of success. Good fitness is a must. If it’s a good snow year with good visibility, it’s a fabulous ski down the centre of the glacier!
Late March to April is the ideal time for Hector. Ideally a window of a couple of days so we can seize the best conditions.