Top three reasons to backcountry ski in Golden
Escape the crowds and explore incredible light world-class powder
Easy access and lifts make sure you won’t be wasting any time
Welcoming terrain for beginners blended with vertical slopes for the advanced
When you step onto the pillowy powder of Golden in the Selkirk Mountains, you’ll feel like you just struck gold. With its white blanket as far as your eye can see, British Columbia’s Golden hides off-piste gems without the usual crowds—and it’s yours to explore for the day. Whether you’re easing into beginner-friendly mellow slopes or you can’t wait to conquer the fourth-highest vertical drop in North America at 4,314 ft/ 1,314 m above the ground, Golden’s pristine snow on varied terrain has you covered. Nearby lifts ensure less skinning and more skiing, so you’ll be getting the maximum out of the day. Let your guide take you to some of the best untouched powder stashes in the world and explore one of Canada’s best backcountry skiing destinations.
Late November through mid-April
Book as many days as you want
Calgary, AB, is less than 3 hours away; Revelstoke, BC is 1.5 hours away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Private Intro to Backcountry Skiing
Strike out for the fresh powder of Golden and experience the thrill of chasing untouched snow. Your guide will show you the ropes of skiing and safety in the backcountry on incredible terrain of the Selkirks. Get some miles under your belt and conquer your first off-piste descent! Lift access gets you where you need to be to start your adventure into the unknown with a guide who will make sure you get the best of your day.
Not sure if you should hire a guide? Listen to our ambassador Greg Hill debate the ultimate question: To be guided or not to be guided?
Powder Skiing for Intermediate and Advanced Skiers
With an unlimited array of options awaiting in Golden, you’ll have no trouble finding your ideal terrain to shred. Enjoy lift access and spectacular descents with your guide, who will tailor the day to suit your skill level and objectives. Discover some glade skiing, along with pillowy lines and just about anything else you might want.
Advanced Ski Tours & Mountaineering Objectives
Golden is a paradise for any serious backcountry skier in search of the best champagne powder and complex alpine skiing. Exciting bowls, couloirs, steep chutes, and vertical terrain with majestic scenery await those looking for a challenge. Let your guide show you all the best spots in the area to get your blood pumping.
Meet your guides
ACMG, AMGA and IFMGA Mountain GuideACMG, AMGA and IFMGA Mountain Guide
ACMG, AMGA and IFMGA Mountain Guide
IFMGA/ACMG Certified Guide
IFMGA/ACMG Certified Guide · 27 years of experience
Sawback Alpine AdventuresSawback Alpine Adventures
Sawback Alpine Adventures
Tom was professional, well equipped and well prepared! The snow conditions we experienced at Sunrise Lodge made it imperative to have a guide with experience to keep us safe yet challenged. Hope to ski with Tom and his crew again soon.
Best skiing of my life! Awesome people, fantastic guides, and superb choice of terrain, and let us not forget all that delicious food. I will come back for more!
Things to know
COVID-19 measures in Golden
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 travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Golden, please refer to the Tourism Golden 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
- A full day of customized backcountry skiing
- Avalanche safety equipment rental
What’s not included:
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
- Transportation to the meeting point
- Lift tickets
- Food and snacks
- Guide gratuities — optional
How fit do I need to be?
To enjoy backcountry skiing in Golden, you need to be in good physical shape and be able to comfortably tour at a mellow pace for at least 4 to 6 hours. While there are options for all skill levels, you will still be on your feet for a full day. All participants should feel comfortable on blue level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.
For the enjoyment and safety of everyone involved, participants must be approved to participate in advanced backcountry skiing tours either through a previous trip with the guiding service or through recommendations.
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
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.
If you’re a seasoned skier, there’s no need to worry—Golden has unlimited terrain options to challenge your abilities!
What do I need to bring?
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)
- Skin wax
- Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
- Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
- Lightweight snow shovel
- Avalanche probe
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
- Sunglasses or ski goggles
- Brimmed hat, warm hat, and a face warmer
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Warm insulated jacket
- Light fleece or wool sweater
- Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Softshell pants
- Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
- Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
- Insulated water bottle for at least 2L of water
- Head lamp
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- First aid kit
- Camera — optional
Can I rent equipment?
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
Ski rental locations are in Golden 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.
If you’re interested in buying gear, SkiUphill is your one-stop shop. Just tell them what trip you’re doing and they’ll set you up.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For these private adventures, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!
Backcountry skiing in Golden 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 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.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Golden, most people fly into Calgary International Airport, rent a car, and drive three hours to Golden. However, you can take a shuttle service connecting Calgary Airport to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Shuttles are operated by BanffShuttle and RiderExpress.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.