Top three reasons to go skiing at the Haberl Hut
Be the first to cut through fresh snow on the Tantalus Range
Traverse winter landscapes offering a myriad of different terrains
Sip on your coffee from your comfortable hut nested on a mountainside
You don’t have to travel for hours every day to ride fresh powder—just head out the door and you’re off-piste. With your hardy Haberl Hut perched high in the Tantalus Range as your base, getting onto touring is done in a snap. Having reached the hut by heli, take a pick of what the nearby mountains have to offer: gentle glacier runs, steep couloirs, or fluted faces. Rest assured that your four-day backcountry skiing experience will be tailored to your goals, whether you want new challenges or refinement of your technique. After gliding over untouched snow during the day, retreat to your cozy hut where you’ll unwind in an après-ski environment.
March through April
Vancouver is an hour away
Intermediate to advanced
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Backcountry Skiing at the Haberl Hut
Is there anything better than waking up to fresh snow waiting for you to ski on? As you reach the Haberl Hut with a heli ride, get ready for the exciting four days ahead of you where you’ll explore the Tantalus Range. Have breakfast with a view as your guide suggests premier off-piste locations—you’ll ski untouched snow of Mt Dione, Serratus, or Alpha. Let your ACMG certified guide assist you in practicing your moves on whichever surface you’d like to try out: gentle slopes, glacier runs, steep terrain, and more! When you’re done with skiing for the day, go back to your homey Haberl Hut to relax and re-energize for tomorrow’s ski touring.
Day 1: Arrival
Meet your guide and your fellow skiers at the Squamish Airport at 7:30 am. From there you’ll fly into your base for the next couple of days: the Jim Haberl Hut, a hardy hut perched high in the mountains in the heart of the Tantalus Range. Positioned at 6,660 ft (2,030 m) elevation, the Haberl Hut is a comfortable base offering unparalleled skiing opportunities. When you get settled in, you’ll go through companion rescue and emergency procedures. Have your lunch and make sure you’re all ready for stepping onto powder—start your backcountry skiing adventure!
Days 2 and 3: Exploring the Tantalus Range
If breakfast with a view is your thing, the Haberl Hut will knock you off your feet—have a look out the window at the dramatic Tantalus landscape as you sip your morning coffee. Over the course of the next three days, you’ll head out at 8:30 am and explore premier ski touring and mountaineering objectives in the area. These include Mt Dione, Serratus, and Alpha, all of which are visible from the Tantalus lookout on the Sea-to-Sky highway. Surrounded by granite peaks, you’ll be able to do some serious sharpening of your skills thanks to the wide variety of mixed snow and terrain. From gentle glacier runs to steep couloirs and fluted faces, there’s something for everyone. Depending on your goals and expectations, your guide will perfectly tailor this backcountry skiing experience to your liking. After a day of backcountry skiing, get back to your comfortable hut in the afternoon, where you’ll end your days with après-ski dinners and mingling with your new friends.
Day 4: Departure
Soak in the views on your last morning at the hut. At 8:30 am, head out the door for a few more laps. After skiing for several days out the Haberl Hut tagging some local peaks with the Howe Sound at your feet, you can end the trip at the Tantalus Hut and have a heli bump you back up to collect your gear. Take one last look at the mighty Tantalus Range which you traversed the past few days as the helicopter takes you back to Squamish Airport.
Meet your guides
ACMG Ski Guide, ACMG Apprentice Alpine and Rock GuideACMG Ski Guide, ACMG Apprentice Alpine and Rock Guide
ACMG Ski Guide, ACMG Apprentice Alpine and Rock Guide · 11 years of experience
Black Sheep Adventure SportsBlack Sheep Adventure Sports
ACMG Certified Rock, Alpine & Ski GuidesACMG Certified Rock, Alpine & Ski Guides
Black Sheep Adventure Sports
ACMG Certified Rock, Alpine & Ski Guides
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!
I have been on a number of backcountry ski/ski mountaineering trips with Monte & Black Sheep Adventure Sports over the past several years. These trips have included avalanche safety training (level 2), and multiple multi-day hut trips in some expert level terrain (such as the Tantalus range near Squamish, BC).
On all the trips Monte and his guides have displayed excellent professionalism, tuition, and decision making in the mountains.
In mixed ability groups, Monte will tailor the trip to all ability/fitness levels, ensuring everyone has a great time. Monte has also pushed me to tackle steeper terrain than I was used to skiing in the backcountry (both on the up and down).
I would not hesitate to go on more trips in Monte in future.
I’ve used Monte (head guide at Black Sheep) for 2 seasons now for backcountry ski-touring. He’s very experienced, inspires confidence, and ensures you develop your skills as you go while feeling safe. He’s also highly capable of finding fine powder lines, great views, and good company to ski with. Can’t recommend him enough.
I have done multiple instruction courses and guided trips with BlackSheep Adventure Sports over the past years, and can’t praise Monte’s professionalism and experience as a guide enough.
From rock climbing (sport, trad, multi-pitch), ice climbing, backcountry skiing/touring, crevasse rescue training, glacier travel and multiple adventures climbing mountains, Monte has been my trusted mentor on my journey to become an alpinist. During all the group courses and trips he still paid close attention to my individual development and risk tolerance, and he keeps pushing me to the next level, taking me places I’d never imagine I could go. We are already planning what training and trips we could do next.
He also brews a pretty decent alpine coffee, so that’s a plus. 😉
Things to know
Covid measures in British Columbia, Canada
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 Canada, please refer to British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.
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, ACMG certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Four days of backcountry ski touring
- Helicopter flights
- Dinners and breakfasts
- Hut fees
- Group safety equipment
- 5% GST
What’s not included:
- Personal ski & safety equipment (transceiver, probe, shovel, etc.)
- Transportation to the Squamish Airport
- Alcoholic beverages
- Lunch and snacks for every day
- Accommodation in the Valley
- Sleeping bags
- Travel and medical insurance
How fit do I need to be?
To enjoy the backcountry skiing tour at the Haberl Hut, you need to have at least a moderate fitness level. The Haberl Hut adventure offers intermediate and advanced difficulties, which means that some previous experience is required. If you’re intermediate, your expert guide will help you improve your skills and coach you when things get a bit more difficult. Don’t worry if you’re on an advanced level, you’ll still have lots of objectives to tackle!
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
To participate in this Haberl Hut skiing tour, you need to have at least some previous backcountry skiing experience. The levels for which this trip is tailored are intermediate and advanced. Your guides will take care of the planning, oversee your technique and teach you how to manage the terrain. Whether on an intermediate or an advanced level, you can be excited about some new challenges and polishing up your technique. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, we suggest going backcountry skiing in Whistler.
What equipment do I need to bring?
For technical backcountry ski and safety equipment, you will need to bring:
- Touring skis or splitboard with skins
- Touring boots and poles
- Ski and boot crampons
- Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
- Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
- Lightweight snow shovel and avalanche probe
- Glacier harness with two locking carabiners
- Mountaineering axe
For the Haberl Hut, you will need to bring:
- Comfortable clothing for lounging around the hut
- Sleeping bag (about 0 to -5 degree range)
- Small pillow
- Battery pack
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- 20-30L ski pack
- 50L duffel
- Sunglasses and ski goggles
- Sun and lip cream
- Face mask
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Down jacket or vest
- Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
- Mid-insulation fleece of puffy jacket
- Warm outer puffy jacket
- Toque (wool or synthetic)
- Brimmed cap
- Face warmer (scarf, neck tube, face mask, buff, etc.)
- Light gloves and insulated gloves or mitts
- One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
- Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
- Water bottle and 1L of water
- Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
- Lunch for every day
- Food you can eat on-the-go
First aid kit
- Camera — optional
Keep in mind that no extra skis or baggage will be allowed over and above the ski level pack and 50L duffel.
Can I rent equipment?
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent an avalanche safety pack (transceiver, probe, and shovel) with your guide for $30 a day or $100 a week.
Other mandatory gear, such as skis, poles, boots, or skins are available to rent from the following companies: Vanilla Pure Squamish and Escape Route. Your guides can pick up the rental ski equipment if needed by clients, but please let us know at least a week in advance.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and pricing:
- For this adventure, the max number of participants is 8. All prices are per person.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Ski touring at the Haberl Hut 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 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.
Deposits and cancellation policy
A $500 deposit is due upon Booking. Final payments are due sixty (60) days prior to the departure date unless otherwise specified. Failure to make this final payment by the deadline will result in forfeiture of the trip and deposit. If booking a trip within 60 days of the departure date, full payment is due upon booking.
Deposits are non-refundable, but transferable at the discretion of your guiding company as long as the cancellation is made more than sixty (60) days prior to the trip or is initiated by your guiding company.
Cancellations to trips made less than thirty (30) calendar days prior to the departure date for any reason are non-refundable, but potentially transferable to another trip or date at the discretion of your guides. Any such transfers are subject to a 25% administrative fee and recovery of any sunk costs. No more than one transfer will be offered. Your guiding company will accept a substitute guest should you not be able to attend, provided they meet the skill level requirements for the trip. Your guiding company reserves the right to determine if the substitute guest meets these requirements. Any such substitutions are subject to a 10% administrative fee.
Your guides reserve the right to modify or cancel a trip at any time due to unfavorable weather conditions, injury/illness, or other reason without penalty. Clients will be notified as soon as possible and refunded less any sunk costs. If the weather doesn’t permit flying into the hut/ lodge, the client would not be refunded for the day. However, the guides would still take clients skiing somewhere. On the other hand, if the weather doesn’t permit leaving the lodge on schedule, the client would not be charged for the extra lodge day.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Squamish Airport, which is the starting point of your adventure, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport. From there, it’s a one-hour drive if you rent a car or a two-hour drive if you take a shuttle service.
Once you meet your guide at the Squamish Airport, they will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.