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The Spearhead Traverse is one of Canada’s (and the world’s) most well-known and spectacular ski touring routes. With 13 glaciers, 9 passes, and hundreds of runs spread across 20+ miles (32+ kilometers) of world-class terrain, Spearhead is a ski touring monolith. Due to its excellent quality, this U-shaped traverse is often compared to the world-famous Haute Route. Those are big boots to fill, but Spearhead Traverse doesn’t disappoint—the blend of passes, peaks, and glaciers is extremely engaging. The slopes are steep, challenging, and covered with deep and pristine powder. The views are jaw-dropping and the route maintains a remote and liberating atmosphere throughout. And the best part—the trailhead is basically in Whistler’s backyard, so it’s one of the most accessible ski touring routes out there. Whether you’re looking to up your touring game or just aching for an epic backcountry adventure, you can’t go wrong with the Spearhead Traverse.

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Adventure highlights

  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of Canada’s snow-capped wilderness

  • Take on world-class ski touring objectives on the Spearhead Traverse

  • Ski your heart out on some of BC’s finest and most challenging slopes

Available itineraries

Group Ski Touring of Spearhead Traverse

Experience spectacular scenery and even better skiing with this ski tour of the famous Spearhead Traverse. Get ready for three days of pushing your ski touring skills to the next level with an experienced local guide. Spend your days in your touring boots shredding Spearhead and Fitzsimmons Range, and your nights camping in British Columbia’s serene wilderness.

  • Meet your guides at 8:15 am. After a conditions and weather briefing and a gear check, load the Whistler Blackcomb gondola and head for the backcountry. Kick off the traverse with options to ski Mt. Trorey and Trory Glacier (26,250 ft/ 8000 m) or Mt Pattison (26,900 ft/ 8200 m), which offers an 8,200 ft (2500 m) ski run. Spend your evening camping on Trorey, Tremor, or Platform Glacier—the location depends on the conditions and pace throughout the day.

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  • After a hearty breakfast, meet your guide and discuss the plans for the day. Continue your traverse with penty of different options for descents. When the sun sets, camp at a location depending on your touring route throughout the day.

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  • Meet your guides after breakfast. Today’s task is to ski up to Fissile and out the Singing Pass trail through to the village. Alternatively, you enter over the Musical Bumps back to the Whistler Ski Resort over Whistler Mountain.

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Private Ski Touring of the Spearhead Traverse

Take your friends and family to the legendary Spearhead Traverse for a three-day ski tour to remember! Travel and camp across 13 6,500+ ft (2,000+ m) glaciers and ride some of Spearhead and Fitzsimmons Range’s finest backcountry slopes. Hone your winter skills in a challenging and engaging environment with an ACMG-certified local guide making sure you’re safe and satisfied.

  • Meet your guides at 8:15 am. After a conditions and weather briefing and a gear check, load the Whistler Blackcomb gondola and head for the backcountry. Kick off the traverse with options to ski Mt. Trorey and Trory Glacier (26,250 ft/ 8000 m) or Mt Pattison (26,900 ft/ 8200 m), which offers an 8,200 ft (2500 m) ski run. Spend your evening camping on Trorey, Tremor, or Platform Glacier—the location depends on the conditions and pace throughout the day.

    powder-spearhead-british-columbia
  • After a hearty breakfast, meet your guide and discuss the plans for the day. Continue your traverse with penty of different options for descents. When the sun sets, camp at a location depending on your touring route throughout the day.

    spearhead-traverse-ski-tourers
  • Meet your guides after breakfast. Today’s task is to ski up to Fissile and out the Singing Pass trail through to the village. Alternatively, you enter over the Musical Bumps back to the Whistler Ski Resort over Whistler Mountain.

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Mountain Skills Academy
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Mountain Skills Academy
ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guides
Go beyond the touring terrain with courses in avalanche safety, setting tracks, crevasse rescue, and more. These are the people to call for comprehensive backcountry safety training as well as epic tours.
5.00 (1 reviews)
Damon S. (source: Tripadvisor)

Heaps of info on Avi awareness, search and rescue techniques, and above all else, awesome skiing! Our guide’s ability to put us in just the right level of terrain was spot on the mark. Very friendly staff, good gear, and very professional. 100% the best days I have spent in Whistler. Will be back for more…

 

Things to know

  • What you get in this adventure:

      • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Three days of backcountry ski touring
      • Camping and park fees
      • All group equipment (first aid kits, cooking stove, pots, rope, utensils)

    What’s not included:

      • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
      • Personal camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat)
      • Transportation
      • Accommodation
      • Food and snacks
      • Lift ticket (available for purchase at Whistler Blackcomb resort)
  • In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have very good fitness levels and some touring experience. The terrain in the Spearhead range is quite steep, ungroomed, and demanding. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging black-level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while hiking uphill for 4000-6000 vertical feet every day.

  • This adventure is suited for strong intermediate or above skiers with previous ski touring experience and good physical condition. To keep up with your guide’s pace, you should be comfortable hiking uphill for 4000-6000 vertical feet every day and navigating steep, ungroomed, and treed terrain. If you are an advanced skier but you have no experience in the backcountry, we recommend joining a guide for a day of beginner-friendly backcountry skiing in Whistler, BC.

  • 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)
      • Ski crampons (can be rented)
      • Ice ax (can be rented)
      • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
        • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
        • Lightweight snow shovel
        • Avalanche probe
        • Harness for glacier travel
      • Crevasse rescue kit — optional

    For personal items, we recommend bringing:

      • Helmet
      • Sunglasses
      • Ski goggles
      • Gloves and hat
      • 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
      • 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
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • First aid kit
      • Sunscreen
      • Sleeping bag and mat
      • Tent or tarp
      • Headlamp with fresh batteries
      • Backpack large enough to carry all items listed (45L or more)
      • Camera — optional
  • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

      • Ice ax and ski crampons can be rented from Escape Route
      • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel, and probe can be rented from Escape Route
      • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from Escape Route
      • Splitboards can be rented from Escape Route
      • All camping equipment, including tents and sleeping bags, can be rented from Escape Route

    Your guide has partnered with Escape Route to provide you with rentals at a discounted price.
    If you aren’t familiar with using the crevasse rescue kit, your guide urges you to bring two locking carabiners instead.
    Ski rental locations are in Squamish 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:

      • For these tours, the max client-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
      • For the group tour, the cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
      • For the private tour, costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to tour with friends and family.

    Ski touring in the Spearhead range 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 ski tourers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to the Spearhead Traverse, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport 1.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to Whistler, BC.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, usually at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

  • 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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures on Spearhead Traverse, BC, please refer to Canada’s COVID-19 travel requirements and British Columbia’s Travel and COVID-19 info 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!

  • Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

    If the Client cancels the Booking…

      • More than thirty (30) calendar days prior to the start of the tour, Client is entitled to a full refund minus the 12% rescheduling or refund fee.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
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