Known for being one of the finest road-accessed ski touring areas in the Coast Range, Duffey Lake has finally been getting its moment in the sun. Characterized by superb terrain, and deep champagne powder, Duffey Lake offers a bunch of ski areas for different skill levels—all brimming with a plethora of out-of-bounds ski objectives. Let an expert guide show you the world-class pow stashes  as you ski classic routes such as Mt. Rohr, Marriott Basin, Cayoosh, Saxifrage, or Mt. Joffre. Explore various bowls, glaciated terrain, steep couloirs, and open meadow areas to master new moves while taking in the views of the winter wonderland sprawling around you. Get ready to carve smooth turns in British Columbia’s untouched powder and enjoy your day on the slopes.

  • Shred big mountain lines that only the locals know about

  • Some of the best road-accessed ski terrain in south-western BC

  • Ride the quality champagne powder far from tracked-out pistes

Itinerary

Expand your off-piste skillset in one of the best road-accessed backcountry areas in British Columbia—Duffey Lake. Make new friends as your experienced guide takes you to one of the many areas known for fluffy powder far from the crowded pistes and enjoy your day in these snowy playgrounds. Communicate your skill level with your guide and get a customized day of exploring Duffey Lake’s diverse terrain while soaking up the picture-perfect winter scenery.

Meet your guide

Black Sheep Adventure Sports
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Black Sheep Adventure Sports
ACMG Certified Rock, Alpine & Ski Guides
Black Sheep Adventures is a team of local ACMG Certified guides and experienced professionals but they’re also a ton of fun and really enjoy what they do! Adventure is personal so you want a guide that will not only help keep you safe, but share the experience and go the extra mile to get you the trip of your dreams. Their range of courses and trips is a great way to get to know people and develop relationships. Once they know someone, they can really work with them to create custom and unique trips that call to their sense of adventure.
5.00 (2 reviews)
Ashley G. about Black Sheep Adventures on Facebook

Monte is a great guide! Very knowledgeable, fun and safe. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to get out in the back country or rock climbing. He can teach you skills or just show you a great stress free time in the mountains!

Angela T. about Black Sheep Adventures on Facebook

Organized, personal and fun adventures. All my trips with Black Sheep Adventure Sports are definitely full value!
Monte is a great guide and knows his way around the Squamish area / West Coast, so if you can give him an idea of what you’d like to experience, he can find the right objective!

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Duffey Lake, please refer to British Columbia’s Travel and COVID-19 website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get in this adventure:

      • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Full day of customized backcountry ski touring 
      • Group equipment

    What’s not included:

      • Personal technical backcountry ski touring equipment
      • Safety equipment (can be rented from your guide)
      • Transportation to and from Pemberton—your starting point
      • Accommodations
      • Food 
      • Heli drop (available as an add-on for the private tour)
  • To enjoy this guided backcountry tour in Duffey Lake, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness. Your guide will find the terrain to match your level of fitness and skill. You will be on your feet for a full day, covering several miles of terrain. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

  • No backcountry or avalanche experience is necessary. Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with solid blue level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.

  • For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

      • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
      • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
      • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
        • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
        • Lightweight snow shovel
        • Avalanche probe

    For personal items, we recommend bringing:

      • Helmet (optional)
      • Sunglasses and ski goggles
      • Face warmer — scarf, face mask, neck tube, or buff
      • Light and insulated gloves or mitts
      • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
      • Down jacket or vest
      • Mid-insulation fleece or puffy jacket
      • Warm outer puffy jacket
      • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
      • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
      • Wool or synthetic toque
      • Brimmed cap
      • Water bottle and 1L of water
      • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Sunscreen
      • Lip balm
      • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 20-30L backpack)
      • Camera (optional)
  • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent: 

      • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe from your guiding service.
      • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from Escape Route
      • Splitboards can be rented from Escape Route

    Ski rental locations are in Whistler and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

  • Group sizes and pricing:

      • For the regular tour, the max client-to-guide ratio is 6:1. All prices are per person.
      • Prices are per person and don’t decrease as the group grows. 

    Ski touring in Duffey Lake can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors as young as 10 may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

    If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Duffey Lake, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport, 3 hours from Duffey Lake. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, you will meet up at 7:30 am in Pemberton and drive up the highway to the Duffey Area. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

    At around 4:30 pm, you’ll be back in Pemberton.

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