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No snow aficionado can resist the exquisite fusion of lodge-based ski touring, heli-access, and British Columbia. This becomes even more evident when you’re based in Pemberton—on a trip designed to savor the finest backcountry offerings of the Sea to Sky region. With four full days spent skiing, areas like Upper Lillooet, Birkenhead, and Duffey at your fingertips, and the inclusion of 2 heli-drops, you’re bound to seize the best powder stashes and steep lines in this off-piste paradise. And after an exhilarating day on the slopes, recharge in a luxurious lodge boasting a private hot tub, full kitchen, cozy bedrooms, and chill-out lounge areas. Join your ACMG guide and leave your ski marks in untouched snow—experiencing world-class ski touring in remote areas of British Columbia.

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Adventure highlights

  • World-class ski touring

    Enjoy some of the world’s best powder and top-notch off-piste areas like Duffey Lake, Upper Lillooet, and Birkenhead

  • Combination of luxury and adventure

    After a day in untouched terrain, unwind in a cozy lodge with a private hot tub

  • Diverse access options

    Option of 2 heli-drops, a snowmobile, or taking short drives to the best slopes of the Sea to Sky region

Itinerary

Join a 5-day guided backcountry skiing adventure boasting incredible access to the best off-piste areas in BC’s Sea to Sky region. Based in a luxurious lodge in Pemberton near Vancouver, immerse yourself in local peaks and powdery areas like Upper Lillooet, Birkenhead, Duffey, Joffre Lakes, and Mt. Currey. Each day, explore new areas tailored to weather and snow conditions, and your ability levels. Enjoy easy access to ski touring areas by short drives or heli-drops, unlocking untouched off-the-beaten-path terrain. Stay in a luxurious lodge with a private hot tub, full kitchen, cozy bedrooms, and relaxing lounge areas.

  • Arrive in the afternoon and meet your Pemberton backcountry skiing guide somewhere in town. Settle into your accommodation, do a quick gear check and head back to town. Get to know your guide and fellow powderhounds over dinner or beer, while going over the plans for the next four days!
    Accommodation: Ski touring lodge near Pemberton

    Interior of a lodge in Pemberton, base for a ski touring adventure.

  • Begin the day with a scenic drive up to the stunning Duffey Lake area. Participate in a comprehensive safety briefing and companion rescue refresher to ensure a secure and enjoyable skiing experience. Embark on an exhilarating adventure as you carve through the slopes of this awe-inspiring zone, discovering pristine lines and breathtaking vistas. Return to your lodge, unwind in a hot tub and head over to town to sample local food and beers.
    Accommodation: Ski touring lodge near Pemberton

  • Today, you’ll experience the thrill of heli-accessed skiing, offering access to untouched terrain and boundless powder offerings. You’ll be dropped on one of the local peaks, depending on weather and conditions, as well as your ability level. Spend the entire day skiing to your heart’s content, immersing yourself in the beauty and serenity of the backcountry. At the end of the day, another helicopter awaits to transport you back, providing a seamless and unforgettable journey. Spend the evening in the lodge or head to town to check out the restaurant scene or do some bar hopping.
    Accommodation: Ski touring lodge near Pemberton

     

    Backcountry skiers on top of a peak after being dropped by a helicopter, near Pemberton in British Columbia.

  • Drive back to the Duffey Lake or some other backcountry area near Pemberton. Once again, your group will get captivated by the mesmerizing beauty and abundant ski touring opportunities of British Columbia’s Sea to Sky region. Venture deeper into this remarkable zone, exploring new routes and embracing the challenges and rewards of backcountry skiing. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature and relish every moment spent in this captivating alpine playground.
    Accommodation: Ski touring lodge near Pemberton

    A backcountry skier enjoying the winter wonderland in British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Region.

  • Start the day with a shuttle to the designated area, preparing for another breathtaking heli-drop.
    Ski down exhilarating slopes, basking in the sheer joy of gliding through pristine powder.
    Conclude the trip with triumphant high fives and a well-deserved celebration paired with cold beers. In the afternoon, bid farewell to your guide, fellow skiers, and to Pemberton—or continue touring on your own in some other powder hotspot of British Columbia!

    Backcountry skiers on top of a peak after being dropped by a helicopter, near Pemberton in British Columbia.

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Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, ACMG-certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 4 days of backcountry ski touring
      • Lodging in Pemberton (4 nights)
      • Transportation to daily ski objectives (including two helicopter drops)
      • Backcountry permits
      • Pre-trip support

    What’s not included:

      • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment (can be rented)
      • Transportation to Pemberton
      • Food and snacks
      • Travel and medical insurance — recommended
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to be in excellent physical shape. You will be on your feet for up to 8 hours a day for 4 full days. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging black diamond resort runs and be able to carry a daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

    Keep in mind that you don’t need to have plenty of ski touring experience to participate in this trip. You will always have a guide by your side who will determine your capabilities, teach you new skills and always prioritize your safety, while making sure the experience is fun for all participants!

  • You need to have some off-piste experience to participate in this guided Pemberton backcountry ski tour. However, if you’re able to tackle the most challenging resort runs, even minimal experience in the backcountry is sufficient (you should be able to ski uphill using skins and tackle steep, ungroomed lines). Your guide will take care of the planning, oversee your technique, and teach you how to better manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training necessary to keep you safe.

    If you’ve never backcountry skied before, we suggest joining a guide for an introductory day of backcountry skiing in Whistler.

  • 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)
      • Helmet (optional — 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
      • Light and insulated gloves
      • Face warmer (scarf, neck tube, buff, etc.)
      • Toque (wool or synthetic) and brimmed cap
      • Mid-insulation fleece or puffy Jacket
      • Ski jacket (Gore-Tex or similar)
      • Outer puffy jacket
      • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
      • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
      • Water bottle and 1L of water
      • Thermos — optional
      • Sunscreen
      • Ski pack large enough to carry all items you might need during a day (around a 25-35L backpack)
      • Camera — optional
  • Your Pemberton guided backcountry ski trip will be based out of a spacious lodge situated 5 minutes away from the town of Pemberton. Containing five bedrooms, a full kitchen, two bathrooms and a couple of lounging areas, this unique lodging will provide your group with a comfortable and relaxing place to return to after days spent skiing. The accommodation also boasts a private hot tub, allowing you to lace your adventure with a dash of luxury!

    Meals are not included in the price of the trip, but all food you’ll need for breakfasts and packed lunches can be bought in the town. You’ll also get a chance to explore local restaurants every evening during dinners with fellow skiers and your guide.

  • 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 from Black Sheep Adventure Sports (for an additional fee)
      • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from evo Backcountry
      • Splitboards can be rented from evo Backcountry

    Ski rental location (evo Backcountry) is in Whistler (half an hour from Pemberton) 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 prices:

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1.
      • The cost is per person and doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

    Backcountry skiing in Pemberton can be arranged for private groups with custom dates. 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.

  • To get to Pemberton, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport, which is 2.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, usually at a predetermined location in town at 5pm, followed by settling in your accommodation.

  • 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 Pemberton, British Columbia, please refer to the British Columbia Provincial Government website.

    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!

  • A $750 deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. 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.

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