Leave the lifts behind for a backcountry ski adventure with our expert ACMG Guides in the Sea to Sky backcountry regions of Whistler, Pemberton, Duffey Lake Road area, and Squamish. Whether you are out for a day exploring the local backcountry areas, or on a multi-day traverse, our Custom backcountry skiing option will allow you complete control of your objectives. This is your trip, so you choose the level and type of ski experience you are most interested in to get the best backcountry adventure possible! You choose what type of runs and how hard (or not!) that you want to push yourself. Ski-based Mountaineering objectives are also available on request.
- Private Guided Backcountry Skiing/Splitboarding (maximum 6 skiers per Guide)
- 1:1 Guide/Skier ratio: $595/person per day
- 1:2 Guide/Skier ratio: $325/person per day
- 1:3 Guide/Skier ratio: $225/person per day
- 1:4 Guide/Skier ratio: $175/person per day
- 1:5 Guide/Skier ratio: $150/person per day
- 1:6 Guide/Skier ratio: $125/person per day
Costs above include all Avalanche Safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, and probe). For group sizes larger than 6 people, please contact our office directly.
Cost does not include the following costs for participants and/or Guides:
- ski touring or splitboard equipment
- transportation to/from ski areas
- lift access fees (if applicable)
- accommodation if required
- food and snacks
- personal clothing
Note on Backcountry Ski or Splitboard rentals:
Rentals are available at local rental shops, Canada West Mountain School can help arrange rentals.
Please contact Canada West Mountain School directly to discuss the planned program and what we can assist you with.
Your day - your choice!
We are here to get you out skiing and exploring the backcountry while customizing the day to suit your desires. If you want lots of turns and big mountain steeps, we'll do our best to get you lots of turns. on the other hand, if you just want a mellow day of skiing great terrain and learn about backcountry safety, we'll make sure that we include a lot of instruction.
This is your day, so we will be consulting with you on an ongoing basis to make sure we choose skiing objectives that you are most interested in to ensure you get the best backcountry skiing experience we can provide! Of course, along the way our Guides will also be there to teach Avalanche Safety skills, coach you on skiing technique and generally help you improve your backcountry skiing skills and confidence.
We start off every morning with a review of current Avalanche, weather and snow conditions before discussing our daily objectives. Before heading into the backcountry, your Guide will conduct an equipment check and go over Avalanche Safety protocols. Once the ski tour objectives and route plan are finalized, you will head out along the high alpine ridges to explore and ski some of the best ski touring and backcountry terrain in North America!
Please note that all backcountry ski objectives are determined based on current snow, weather, and avalanche conditions. We always do our best to find the ski lines that our skiing guests desire, but safety is our number 1 priority at all times so some lines and objectives may not be available or suitable to ski on your ski day for a variety of reasons. Our Guides are very familiar with the terrain though, so they will always have something in mind to keep you shredding and make sure you don't come home disappointed! If our Guides consider the conditions to be unsafe prior to the trip starting, we will offer to re-schedule to refund the complete booking.