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


Head to the cozy Journeyman Lodge for 4 days of conquering Callaghan Valley’s stunning slopes—some of the best in BC! With 3,500 hectares of amazing skiing area just outside your door, this adventure is an opportunity to experience one of the best remote ski trips around Whistler. 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.
  • 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.

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Monte Johnston
Monte Johnston
ACMG Ski Guide, ACMG Apprentice Alpine and Rock Guide
ACMG Ski Guide, ACMG Apprentice Alpine and Rock Guide
Monte is a ACMG Ski Guide, ACMG Apprentice Alpine and Rock guide based out of Squamish BC. He’s climbed and skied all over the world but he settled in BC because of the easy access to amazing climbing and skiing.
Black Sheep Adventure Sports
Black Sheep Adventure Sports
Black Sheep Adventure Sports
ACMG Certified Rock, Alpine & Ski Guides
ACMG Certified Rock, Alpine & Ski Guides
Black Sheep Adventures is a team of local ACMG Certified guides and experienced professionals but they’re also a ton of fun and really enjoy what they do! Adventure is personal so you want a guide that will not only help keep you safe, but share the experience and go the extra mile to get you the trip of your dreams. Their range of courses and trips is a great way to get to know people and develop relationships. Once they know someone, they can really work with them to create custom and unique trips that call to their sense of adventure.

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Ashley G. about Black Sheep Adventures on Facebook

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!

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Organized, personal, and fun adventures. All my trips with Black Sheep Adventure Sports are definitely full value!

Nicolas Cuillery about Black Sheep Adventures on 57Hours

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.

Things to know

  • 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 full days of backcountry ski touring
      • Snowcat and sled shuttle to and from Journeyman Lodge
      • Luxurious lodge with a sauna
      • Double-occupancy nook accommodation (inquire about single-occupancy and other upgrade options)
      • Meals during your stay
      • 5% GST

    What’s not included:

      • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
      • Transportation to and from the staging area
      • Beverages — make sure to bring some with you
      • Trip insurance
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • 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:

      • 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
      • 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
      • Sunscreen
      • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
      • Headlamp with spare batteries
      • Toilet paper or WAG bag
      • Camera — optional
  • 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:

      • The 4-day backcountry skiing tour at Journeyman Lodge is not private.
      • If joining alone, you’ll be placed in a shared double room with another skier, but there’s a possibility of single occupancy and other upgrade options at an additional fee. Contact us to make arrangements.
      • 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.

  • Using the remote Journeyman Lodge as a home-base, this fully guided and catered ski touring package has it all: amazing skiing, great food and luxurious accommodation! The Journeyman Lodge is found in the heart of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, deep in the Upper Callaghan Basin at 4,500′ (1,370m) above sea level. Accessed by Snowcat, it offers many of the comforts of home in a pristine skiers paradise including great family style meals, a warm lodge and a wood fired sauna.

    Journeyman Lodge has a number of different rooms available:

    • Nook Queen: Very cozy (small) room with a queen bed
    • Nook Twin: Very cozy (small) room with two twin beds
    • Standard Queen: Nice room with a view and a queen bed
    • Standard Twin: Nice room with a view and two twin beds
    • Superior Room: Nice room with a small balcony and ensuite and a queen bed
  • Secure your spot for next year with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!
    • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure any time in case the dates don’t suit you.
    • You can confirm your booking by the end of August 2023 by paying another $600.
    • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Failure to make this final payment by the deadline will result in forfeiture of the trip and deposit.

    To book a date for this year, secure your spot with a $800 deposit 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.

    Once the trip is confirmed, the following cancellation policy applies:

    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.

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