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Whistler Backcountry ski adventures2014-2015 seasonExclusive Private bookings
Leave the lifts behind you for a backcountry ski adventure with the experts in North America's premier ski resort! A day of private skiing with one of our guides will allow you complete control of your skiing objectives. You will be able to choose how much skiing, what type of runs and how hard (or not!) that you want to push yourself. Every Private booking includes the same top notch services from Whistler Ski Guides, yet you are also guaranteed that there are no other skiers in your group.
Our Professional Ski Guides will take you into some of the best kept secrets behind the Whistler and Blackcomb ski areas. Take advantage of the incredible knowledge that our local Guides have and stop skiing other people's tracks! Destinations are chosen the day of the trip based on where the good snow is, and where the other skiers are not!
Have a specific backcountry ski adventure in mind? We will be pleased to help you plan ski objectives with you and your ski partners for the day to make sure that your time is not wasted.
Dates and times
All rates based on one Ski Guide per group and includes guide/instruction services, technical equipment (avalanche safety kit and all glacier/mountaineering gear if required), instructional materials, and trip organization. This rate does not include 5% GST, food, personal equipment and skis, transportation costs, special permits or hut/camping fees where needed.
Included in your cost, Whistler Ski Guides supplies the following (if required):
If you can ski moderate Blue runs, you can tour in the backcountry with Whistler Ski Guides!
We separate our general groups based on 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.
Steep skiing and Big Mountain objectives
Backcountry Ski Touring
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.
Location & Objectives
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We are here to get you out exploring the backcountry of Whistler and Blackcomb, while customizing the day to suit your desires. If you want lots of turns, we'll do our best to get you lots of turns; if you just want to tour and learn about backcountry safety, we'll make sure that we include a lot of instruction.
We start off first thing every morning with a review of current conditions and equipment check before finalizing the route plan and heading out along the high alpine ridges behind Whistler and Blackcomb. 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 Whistler Ski Guides experience!
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 you backcountry touring skills and confidence.
Equipment list for Whistler Backcountry Ski Touring
The following personal equipment is all that is required by you:
- dress for exercise while touring and cooler conditions while descending
Logistics and meeting place
You will be contacted by our office or your Guide the day before the tour to arrange the specific meeting place and other details, based on the daily objective.
Typically, a day of backcountry ski touring will start with a meeting at 8:00 at one of the pre-arranged meeting locations (in the Whistler Village near the base of the gondola's, or at the Base of Blackcomb). After meeting your guides and other tour participants, checking gear and discussing objectives, you will then catch the first lift up onto the mountain.
Your day will be spent touring into the glaciers and backcountry of Garibaldi Provincial park, with a return to the ski area scheduled for approx 3:30 PM in order to ski down and be at the village base by 4:00.
Late winter and spring tours may be extended to return later in the day at special request.
Canada West Mountain School
For a wide variety of other high quality Mountain related programs offered with ACMG Guides, please click here to visit the Canada West Mountain School website, or via phone at 604.878.7007 or toll free at 1.888.892.2266.