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Backcountry ski adventures2013-14 season
Exclusive Private bookings
Leave the lifts behind 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.

Dates Cost Prerequisites Objectives Gear Logistics Related programs

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.
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Dates and times
Ski tours in the Whistler/Blackcomb backcountry will all start at 0800, meeting at pre-arranged location in Whistler Village. Our Guides can also meet at any of the local Hotels in resort as well.

Cost
1 person: $425/day
2 people: $500/day per group
3-6 people: $600/day per group

5% discount if bookings are confirmed and pre-paid 4 weeks or more in advance; or, if there are 2 or more guides hired for any one date/group.

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):
- Avalanche 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 $49 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.

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Prerequisites
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
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.

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Location & Objectives
Our tours will head into a
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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.

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.

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Equipment list for Whistler Backcountry Ski Touring
click here for a complete Equipment List in .PDF (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required)

Whistler Ski Guides supplies the following on all programs, if required:
- Avalanche probe
- Avalanche shovel
- Avalanche beacon
- Backcountry skiing daypack

- Snowshoes and poles for snowboarders

The following personal equipment is all that is required by you:

  • Skis or snowboard - a good mid-fat to fat all-mountain or powder ski is best on these tours
  • Alpine Touring or Telemark bindings and equipment w/climbing skins (rentals can be arranged)
  • Boots - regular alpine boots can be used if they are comfortable and are not a tight fitting race boot
  • Poles, preferably with powder baskets
  • Outer layer jacket with hood - Gore-Tex style
  • Outer shell pants or bibs - Gore-Tex style recommended for ventilation while touring
  • Personal clothing layers suitable for all conditions
        - dress for exercise while touring and cooler conditions while descending
  • Gaiters (optional, only if your ski pants do not cover your ski boots)
  • Gloves, standard ski gloves are suitable
  • Warm jacket - down or synthetic for rest breaks and colder weather
  • Sweater or vest - wool, fleece or down
  • Toque/warm hat - wool or fleece
  • Sunglasses
  • Ski goggles
  • Misc. personal items (camera, etc.)

    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.


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