Whistler Backcountry skiing
Leave the lifts behind for a backcountry ski adventure with our expert Guides in Whistler, North America's premier ski resort! A day of private off backcountry skiing will allow you complete control of your skiing objectives. This is your day, so you choose the skiing experience that you are most interested in to get the best backcountry ski trip possible! You choose how much skiing, what type of runs and how hard (or not!) that you want to push yourself. Ski Mountaineering objectives also available on request.
- Backcountry Skiing - Guiding & Instruction
1 person: $525/day
2 people: $575/day
3-4 people: $625/day
5-6 people: $675/day
Overnight trips please add $50/day surcharge
Please note that we offer a 5% discount if there are 2 or more ski guides hired for any one date/group.
All rates are based on one Ski Guide per group of backcountry skiers, and includes ski guide/instruction services, technical equipment (avalanche safety kit and all glacier/mountaineering gear if required), instructional materials, and trip organization.
Rates do not include 5% GST, lift access fees, food, personal ski touring equipment, transportation costs, or gratuities.
Included in your cost, Canada West Mountain School supplies the following (if required):
- Avalanche safety transceiver (beacon)
- Avalanche probe
- Avalanche shovel
- Backcountry skiing daypack
- Snowshoes and poles for snowboarders
- and, of course, the expert guidance of our local ACMG guides!
Lift pass on Whistler/Blackcomb for backcountry access is not included. 1-way Backcountry Access passes are available for $62 through our office upon booking. You can use your own lift pass as well if you already have one, please let us know when you book.
All backcountry skiing requires some uphill travel ("skinning"). Our Guides will set the track of course, and you can choose the level of exertion you want. Remember though, this is all about earning your turns - the more you hike, the more turns you get!
We recommend that skiers are at least an Intermediate level skier on groomed runs to fully enjoy the backcountry experience. If you can ski moderate Blue runs, you can tour in the backcountry with our ACMG Ski Guides!
We encourage groups that wish to ski together to be of similar ability levels and fitness, though if you wish to have a group of skiers together for a day who are at different levels we can certainly accommodate that as well.
Steep skiing and Big Mountain objectives
For those seeking to challenge themselves on some of the "big mountain lines" in the backcountry, we recommend that you are a strong intermediate or advanced skier with some experience in off-piste or powder conditions. Your day will include some big ascents (in order to get to the entrances of the bigger ski lines) so you should be physically fit and accustomed to touring or hiking in backcountry conditions (of course, we will be breaking the trail for you, though!).
Backcountry Ski Touring
If you are looking for a more general ski touring experience, with lots of vertical on the glaciers, bowls or in the glades or tree skiing terrain in the backcountry around Whistler/Blackcomb, basic/intermediate skiing skills and a moderate level of fitness will suffice.
Please contact us directly to discuss your fitness level if you are unsure if backcountry skiing is appropriate for you or anyone in your group.
Your day - your choice!
We are here to get you out skiing and exploring the backcountry of Whistler and Blackcomb, 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.
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 behind Whistler and Blackcomb to explore and ski some of the best ski touring and backcountry terrain in North America!
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 skiin skills and confidence.
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.
For a full description of backcountry ski objectives and our Guiding services, please visit the Canada West Mountain School division for all of our Whistler Ski Guiding - Whistler Ski Guides
- Join our Whistler Backcountry Ski Guides and head into a variety of pristine alpine bowls and glaciers in Garibaldi Park adjacent to the Whistler and Blackcomb ski areas. Daily skiing objectives will vary based on current conditions, but generally are accessed from the top of the ski lifts on one of the two resorts.
For a full description of backcountry ski objectives and our Guiding services, please visit the Canada West Mountain School division for all of our Whistler Ski Guiding - Whistler Ski Guide destinations