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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, the powder skiing is some of the best in the world, 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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
My trip at the Journeyman Lodge was an experience of a lifetime! We literally skied for 4 days in knee-deep powder. The lodge provided restaurant-grade food. Despites being active in the cold all-day long, I somehow manage to gain 5lbs during my trip.
My trip had a bad start due to lost baggage and flight cancelation, but Monte had done a great job to find me some skis and arrange the situation. His cheerful welcome quickly makes me forget about those flight travel issues. I was guided by Chris who has made the ski experience memorable. Beyond the professional aspect of mountain guiding, getting to know Chris, listening his stories and benefiting from his incredible experience was truly inspirational.
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:
What’s not included:
In order to enjoy this guided backcountry adventure at the Journeyman Lodge, you need to have a great level of fitness. You will be on your feet for several full days. While there is terrain for all skill levels around Journeyman Lodge, this tour is ideal for experienced skiers, as 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.
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.
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
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.
Ski touring in Journeyman Lodge can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
A $500 deposit is due upon Booking. Full payment is due ninety (90) days prior to the trip. Failure to make this final payment by the deadline will result in forfeiture of the trip and deposit. 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.
If the trip should extend beyond the scheduled days for any reason, such as a higher commitment grade or bad weather, the extra days will cost $610 per day. This cost will be spread over the members of the group.
The guiding company reserves the right to modify or cancel any trip or course at any time due to unfavorable weather conditions, injury/ illness, or other reason without penalty. Clients will be notified as soon as possible. Cancellations initiated by the guiding company due to unforeseen circumstances (lodge closures, highway closures, extreme weather events, etc.) are refundable less any sunk costs.
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.