Hilda Peak is on the northern edge of Banff National Park, right next to Mount Athabasca, about a 4.5 hour drive SW from Edmonton. If you travel via the David Thompson Highway, it is about a 35 minute drive north of the North Saskatchewan River Crossing on the Icefields Parkway. Our accommodations were at Frontier Lodge in Nordegg, which was about 1.5 hours drive from the route. There is a convenient parking lot on the east side of the parkway – walk across the road and you can start skinning up immediately.
After spending about an hour brushing up on our avalanche rescue skills, we had an easy day covering 7.5km with about 600m gain. You can view my Strava of the activity here. 10+cm of fresh fluffy snow, bluebird skies, and zero wind made for a perfect day earning our turns on the hill.
Thank you to Pete Wardell, Del Sutherland, Michael Harvey, Steve Koehn, and Brad Kryger for great company and the killer photos and videos!