December through April
Vancouver, BC is 1.5 hours away from the staging area
Get ready for lodge-based skiing in the pristine Coast Mountains
Even though Callaghan Country is only a 90-minute drive from Vancouver, when you arrive at the Journeyman Lodge, you’ll feel like you’re in a far more remote part of British Columbia. Just outside Whistler, the lodge is a perfect base for amazing ski touring, great food, and luxurious accommodations. If you’re looking for an easy-accessed, lodge-based ski touring trip this winter, you’ve found it! The lodge is located in the heart of BC’s Coast Mountains, deep in the Upper Callaghan Basin at 4,500 ft (1,370 m) 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.
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Backcountry Skiing at the Journeyman Lodge
The Callaghan has huge terrain and unlimited potential. With 3,500 hectares of amazing skiing area just outside your door, the options are indeed endless. From majestic old growth forests to high alpine glaciers, there’s great skiing for every ability and fitness level. Get the most of your four days of fresh-powder skiing in the most mesmerizing backcountry you have ever seen! Safely based at the Journeyman Lodge, you will determine what your day will look like. Each day after breakfast, you can put your skis on and set out to discover the wonders of the vast mountain wilderness. There is also the more relaxing option of just kicking back in the quiet comforts of your lodge and rustic sauna. Convinced yet? Mountains make great memories — create yours at the Journeyman Lodge!
Day 1: Arrival
Meet your guide at the staging area in the early morning hours and take a short snowcat ride to the Journeyman Lodge that will be your home for the next 4 days. Drop off your luggage and head out for an afternoon of fun and exploration in the fresh powder of Callaghan Country. After the afternoon tour, return to the lodge for après, sauna, and R&R. Enjoy the cozyness of the lodge, have dinner and recharge your batteries for tomorrow.
Your first day will usually look like this:
- 8:15 am: Meet at the Journeyman Lodge staging area
- 10:30 am: Snowcat ride into the lodge
- 11:30 am: Drop our luggage off at the lodge & head out touring for the afternoon
- 4:30 pm: Back at the lodge for après, sauna and some R&R
- 7:00 pm: Dinner
- 10:00 pm: Lights out
Days 2 and 3: Ski Days
After breakfast, head out with your guide for a day of ski touring. At 4500 feet (1370 metres) with an average snowfall of 20 feet (7 metres), this alpine area offers the perfect terrain for backcountry adventures on skis or a snowboard. Explore new terrain or revisit your favorite runs from the day before. Unwind in the untracked Coast Mountain powder, and after hours of adventure, relax in the handcrafted Scandinavian wood-fired sauna.
Your ski days will usually look like this:
- 7:30 am: Breakfast (coffee is available earlier)
- 9:00 am: Head out the door for a day of ski touring
- 4:30 pm: Back at the Lodge for some après and maybe a sauna
- 7:00 pm: Dinner
- 10:00 pm: Lights out
Day 4: Departure
Spend your last day in Callaghan by grabbing a cup of coffee and using the remaining time for a few last laps on the slopes. Head back to the lodge to pack up and take a shuttle back to the parking area.
Your final day will usually look like this:
- 7:30 am: Breakfast (coffee is available earlier)
- 8:30 am: Grab a few quick ski laps
- 1:00 pm: Back at the lodge to pack up
- 2:00 pm: Catch the shuttle back to the parking lot
Things you need to know
Covid measures in British Columbia
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 Whistler, please refer to the British Columbia Provincial Government and Tourism Whistler websites.
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
- Four days of backcountry ski touring
- Snowcat shuttle to the lodge
- Meals during your stay at the lodge
What’s not included:
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
- Trip insurance
- Transportation to the staging area and back
- Airbag: you can include an avalanche airbag for just $35/day
How fit do I need to be?
In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for full days. The terrain around Journeyman Lodge is best suited for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on black level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
Backcountry skiing at Journeyman Lodge is for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers. The terrain is challenging and technical, requiring controlled descents in sometimes tricky environments. Beginners in the backcountry or those with blue level resort experience should consider an introduction to backcountry skiing with a guide in Whistler.
What equipment 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)
- 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 or ski goggles
- Winter hat
- Brimmed cap for sun protection
- Face warmer – scarf, neck tube or balaclava — optional
- Light gloves – wool, synthetic or leather
- Insulated gloves or mitts with waterproof outer shell
- Spare gloves or mitts
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-tex recommended)
- Warm insulated jacket – down or synthetic
- Light fleece or wool sweater
- Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants and jacket
- Waterproof breathable pants (i.e. Gore-Tex)
- Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear bottoms and top
- Wool or synthetic ski socks and liner socks
- Two locking carabiners
- Skin wax (or a candle)
- Two non-locking carabiners
- Binding repair kit to fix your personal travel setup
- Head lamp with good batteries
- Water bottle and 1L of water
- Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
- Lunch bag or container
- Pocket knife
- First-aid kit
- Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
- Duffle bag
- Shoes or sandals
- Winter boots
- Hut clothing
- Towels and swimsuit for sauna
- Camera — optional
Can I rent equipment?
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 can be rented locally from Escape Route or Premium Mountain
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented locally from Escape Route or Premium Mountain
- Splitboards can be rented locally from Escape Route or Premium Mountain
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.
What can I expect from skiing with a guide?
A certified ski guide will take all of the guesswork out of your time in the backcountry. From tour planning to route selection, terrain management, avalanche safety, and gear knowledge, your guide’s expertise and backcountry experience will ensure you have an unforgettable ski touring adventure.
It doesn’t matter your skill level, whether you’ve never backcountry skied or you’re seasoned on the slopes, skiing with a guide has its advantages. Your techniques will sharpen, you’ll learn how to navigate terrain safely, make smart decisions, and most of all, you’ll remain safe in unfamiliar terrain.
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
The Journeyman Lodge can accommodate up to 24 guests at a time, subject to availability. All pricing is per person. A $600 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this backcountry skiing adventure.
- Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis. If you plan to ski with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
Mitigating avalanche risk is paramount for any excursion in the backcountry — that’s why it’s best to tour with a guide! Rest assured, your guide will set objectives that are attainable for the weather conditions on that particular day. Of course, inclement weather can always get in the way of backcountry skiing, but your guide will know the best course of action to take if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable, safe alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your backcountry ski tour to a more favorable day.
If backcountry skiing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
Do I need an insurance policy?
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to the Journeyman Lodge, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service the 1.5 hours north to Whistler.
The meeting point for the tour is Callaghan Country Wilderness Adventures at #4 Callaghan Valley Road, Whistler, BC. From there, a snowcat will transfer you to the lodge where you will spend the next four days.