Go Backcountry Skiing in British Columbia!
From the classic ski tours in the Rockies, to the deep powder of Rogers Pass, to multi-day Coast Range traverses and steep couloir-skiing in the Spring, there is something for everyone. Discover world class backcountry skiing and powder this winter in British Columbia!
Here’s just a few of potential starting points for your backcountry skiing adventure!
Ride the lifts to access the stunning, glaciated backcountry around Blackcomb or the gentle glades around Whistler. There is something for everyone. Avalanche hazard and weather always play a role in you can go. Discover steep chutes, powder-filled bowls at the classic Spearhead Traverse.
Duffey Lake Backcountry
Check out the premiere road-accessed backcountry skiing on the coast. Duffey Lake offers great skiing almost every day of the season. There’s too many good objectives to list but common descents are Joffre, Matier, Spetch, Slalok, Tzil and Taylor on one side of the road and Cayoosh, Ottoman, Burnt Ridge, and the Rohr area on the other side.
The Sea to Sky gondola makes skiing in Squamish an easy option for every skier. The Sky Pilot area and the Stadium Glacier are common goals for backcountry skiers but numerous options exist in glades and chutes as well. Other options for Squamish-based skiing include the Elfin Lakes area and the Callaghan area.
Tantalus Range – Jim Haberl Hut
This heli-accessed hut allows for amazing skiing just out of the door. Being first to receive snow as storms roll in, the Tantalus Range’s snowpack is often 30-40% deeper than Whistler’s. Most guests spend 3-4 nights at the Haberl Hut to maximize the cost of the helicopter but day trips are not uncommon either.
Longer backcountry trips are available! Just contact your guide
- Multi-day or week-long ski trips are generally either lodge/town-based and usually utilize a series of huts. From Whistler, for example, you could ski a couple days of the Blackcomb Backcountry, a day on the Whistler side in the Musical Bumps, and a few days around Duffy Lake
- If you want to start based out of Squamish, you could ski a day or two around town in preparation for flying to the Tantalus Range
A couple of other things to note
The mountains always dictate what you can do. Your guide will give you the best experience possible given weather and conditions. Sometimes weather and avalanche hazards may force your guide to change your objectives but weather cancellations are not possible.
- All guiding fees
- Ski gear (boots, skis/poles, helmet, avalanche rescue gear)
Let your guide know if you don't have any of the above and he'll find the best gear at the best rental price
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Andrew began climbing in 1998 along Colorado's Front Range and began guiding in 2004, both in Colorado and North Carolina. He’s a member of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and am an IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide. Andrew has both American and Canadian citizenship, giving him the opportunity to work legally in both countries. As long-time Colorado resident, he now lives with his wife and 5-year old son in Squamish, British Columbia, only a few minutes away from world-class climbing.
Andrew loves pushing his personal limits in the mountains, whether it be on skis, in rock shoes, or with ice tools in hand. His greater passion is found guiding and teaching guests and showing them what they are capable of. This often leads him and his guests into terrain beyond their personal limits and into the places where real growth occurs.