Whistler | British Columbia

Backcountry Skiing at the Journeyman Lodge

Skill level

Intermediate

Group size

1 – 6 people

Price range

from $1,799 to $1,899 per person

Season

February through March

Travel

Squamish Airport (YSE) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

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This is some of the best lodge-based touring we’ve ever done

Get ready for lodge based skiing in pristine Callaghan Country

Even though Callaghan Country is a 90-minute drive from Vancouver, when you arrive at the remote Journeyman Lodge, you’ll feel like you’re far more remote part of British Columbia. The lodge is a perfect base for amazing ski touring, great food, and luxurious accommodations. Get 5 days of skiing but only miss 3 days of work. If you’re looking for an easy-to-access, lodge-based ski touring trip this winter, you’ve found it.

The lodge is in the heart of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, deep in the Upper Callaghan Basin at 4,500′ (1,370m) above sea level. Guests arrive at the lodge via snowcat. The lodge has all of the comforts of home and more — in a pristine skier’s paradise. There are great family style meals, the lodge is warm and cozy and there’s even a wood-fired sauna for après.

Expect days of untracked powder tours and nights of comfort fun. The Journeyman Lodge has all the amenities and terrain any skier could hope for.

The Callaghan has huge terrain with unlimited potential

With 3,500 hectares of amazing skiing just outside the door, the Callaghan has limitless potential. From majestic old growth forests to high alpine glaciers, there’s great skiing for every ability and fitness level. Each day after breakfast, skis are put on at the front door and you will follow your ACMG certified guides into mountains.

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When is the best time to go?

The skiing picks up in January, but February and March are perfect.

Payment information

  • A $600 deposit per person is required to secure a reservation
  • Price varies with room selection & occupancy, options are limited so book soon
  • The final payment due 60 days prior to the trip.
  • Trips includes 5% GST
  • Travel & Medical insurance is recommended
  • Participants will be required to sign a waiver

What about bad weather?

While ‘bad’ weather and lots of snow is a good thing, avalanche risk and assessment are taken very seriously for each and every tour on this trip. Your guides for the trip will make the call if they believe conditions are unsafe. In the event of a snowstorm or whiteout conditions, the lodge is the perfect place to ride the storm out.

What's a typical itinerary?

Day 1: Arrival

  • 8:15am: Meet at the Journeyman Lodge Staging Area
  • 10:30am: Snowcat ride to the lodge
  • 11:30am: Drop off luggage and head out for an afternoon tour
  • 4:30pm: Return for après, sauna, and R&R
  • 7:00pm: Dinner
  • 10:00pm: Lights out

Days 2–4: Ski Days

  • 7:30am: Breakfast (coffee is available earlier)
  • 9:00am: Head out the door for a day of ski touring
  • 4:00pm: Return for après, sauna, and R&R
  • 7:00pm: Dinner
  • 10:00pm: Lights out

Day 5: Departure

  • 7:30am: Breakfast (coffee is available earlier)
  • 8:30am: Grab a few laps
  • 1:00pm: Head back to the lodge to pack up
  • 2:00pm: Take the shuttle back to the parking area

What about group sizes?

For this touring adventure, there are two ACMG guides and six guests.

What gear will you need?

Personal ski & safety equipment (transceiver, probe & shovel, etc.) are not included. Alcoholic beverages are not for sale at the lodge — drinks, soda, beer, and wine must be packed in. A more comprehensive gear list will be supplied upon booking the trip.

Getting there

The meeting point for the tour is Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures at #4 Callaghan Valley Road, Whistler, BC. Squamish Airport (YSE) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) are a short drive away from the staging area.

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