Top reasons to backcountry ski in Journeyman Lodge
Experience British Columbia’s pure and remote backcountry
Untracked powder and excellent terrain variety guarantee a top-notch experience
Kick back and unwind in the luxurious Journeyman Lodge in your off-time
Even though Callaghan Country is only a 90-minute drive from Vancouver, arriving at the Journeyman Lodge feels like you’re in a far more remote part of British Columbia, or even in the farthest parts of the world. Located just outside Whistler, BC, the Lodge is a perfect base for fantastic ski touring, great food, and luxurious accommodations. In the heart of Canada’s Coast Mountains, deep in the Upper Callaghan Basin at 4,500 ft (1,370 m) above sea level, the slopes are sublime, and the views are breathtaking. If you’re looking to spoil yourself with an easily-accessed lodge-based ski touring trip this winter, Journeyman Lodge is the place to be!
December through April
Whistler, BC, is 15 minutes away from the staging area
Intermediate to advanced
Choose how you spend your days
4-Day Journeyman Lodge Ski Touring Trip
Head to the cozy Journeyman Lodge for 4 days of conquering BC’s stunning slopes! With 3,500 hectares of amazing skiing area just outside your door, the skiing options there are indeed endless. Spend your days on some of the best powder Canada has to offer, and your evenings lounging around in a sauna, eating great food, and making friendships that will last a lifetime.
5-Day Journeyman Lodge Ski Touring Trip
Four days of dominating Upper Callaghan Basin’s scenic wilderness isn’t enough? Opt for an extra day of skiing! From majestic old-growth forests to high alpine glaciers, there’s excellent skiing for every type of skier here. Each day, after a filling breakfast, put your skis on and set out to discover the wonders of the vast mountain wilderness. And when you’re done with the slopes, kick back in the quiet comforts of your lodge and rustic sauna. 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, 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 some R&R. Enjoy the coziness of the lodge, have dinner and recharge your batteries for tomorrow.
Days 2,3: Ski Days
After breakfast, head out with your guide for a day of ski touring. At 4500 ft (1370 m) with an average snowfall of 20 ft (7 m), 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.
Day 4: Departure
After a cup of warm brew, spend your last day in Callaghan with a few final laps on the slopes. Head back to the lodge to pack up and take a shuttle back to the parking area.
Optional Day 5: Extra Ski Day!
Enjoy an additional full day of discovering fun new runs or touring old favorites in British Columbia’s marvelous backcountry! Head back to the lodge to pack up and take a shuttle back to the parking area.
Meet your guide
Black Sheep Adventures
Monte is a great guide! Very knowledgeable, fun, and safe. I would recommend him to anyone wanting to get out in the backcountry or rock climbing. He can teach you skills or just show you a great stress-free time in the mountains!
Organized, personal, and fun adventures. All my trips with Black Sheep Adventure Sports are definitely full value!
Things to know
Covid measures in Journeyman Lodge, 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 traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Journeyman Lodge, British Columbia, 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
- 4-5 full days of backcountry ski touring
- Snowcat and sled shuttle to and from Journeyman Lodge
- Meals during your stay
What’s not included:
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
- Transportation to and from the staging area
- Trip insurance
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 several full days. While there is terrain for all skill levels around Journeyman Lodge, you will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or 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 introductory course to backcountry skiing with a guide.
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:
- Sunglasses or ski goggles
- Face warmer
- Light gloves
- Insulated gloves or mitts
- Brimmed cap and beanie
- 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
- Comfortable lodge clothing, a nice shirt for dinners
- 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
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- First aid kit
- Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Toilet paper or WAG bag
- 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 from Escape Route or Premium Mountain
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from Escape Route or Premium Mountain
- Splitboards can be rented 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.
Group sizes and age requirements
- These lessons are not private. For the group lessons, the usual guest-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
- If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.
- For the 4-day courses, the maximum capacity is 7 people.
- For the 5-day courses, the maximum capacity is 12 people.
- For the private tours, you can book the whole Journeyman Lodge, which can accommodate up to 12 guests at a time. Subject to availability.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Ski touring in Journeyman Lodge 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 the Journeyman Lodge, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport, 1.5 hour from Whistler. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service.
From Whistler, head southwest on Highway 99 towards Vancouver. Approximately 13km (8 miles) from Whistler Village, turn right off Highway 99 onto the Callaghan Valley Access Road. Follow the main route for about 8.5 km. Immediately before the entrance to Whistler Olympic Park, you will see your guides’ banner on your left. Turn left, cross over a bridge and follow the signs into the staging area. From there, a snowcat will transfer you to the lodge where you will spend the next 4-5 days.