Since it’s only accessible by helicopter, the Tantalus Range offers some of the least crowded and most intimate backcountry ski touring experiences out there. Nestled in the Serratus-Dione Col with a height of 8,540 feet (2,603 meters), the Range is one of Canada’s most coveted alpine adventure areas. It owes its reputation to its stunning variety of objectives and skiing opportunities—from low-angle glacier runs to steep couloirs and jaw-dropping faces, it’s impossible to be bored here. The stunning ride diversity also means that Tantalus Mountains’ serene backcountry can accommodate both newcomers and seasoned tourers. And if the ski quality doesn’t pull you in, the breathtaking views of the Coast Mountains’ snow-capped peaks and Canada’s boreal forests certainly will! Anyone who’s ever ridden British Columbia’s legendary Sea to Sky Highway has dreamed of conquering Tantalus Range’s majestic slopes.

  • Enjoy the views of British Columbia’s untouched wilderness

  • From mild glacier runs to steep couloirs, the variety is unparalleled

  • Take a heli ride and enjoy skiing in solemn and otherwise inaccessible Tantalus Range

Itinerary

Avoid the crowds with the help of a private helicopter on this heli-accessed ski tour! A qualified ACMG backcountry guide will accompany you as you kick off your Tantalus Range ski trip with an epic descent, and spend the rest of the day touring to your heart’s content. The excellent conditions and abundant powder in the Tantalus Mountains will ensure great turning for all. When you’ve had your fill, wrap up your ski-day with an epic descent to the valley bottom!

Meet your guides

Monte Johnston
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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.
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Black Sheep Adventure Sports
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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 ex...
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Mountain Skills Academy
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Mountain Skills Academy
Mountain Skills Academy
ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guides
Go beyond the touring terrain with courses in avalanche safety, setting tracks, crevasse rescue, and more. These are the people to call for comprehensive backcountry safety training as well as epic tours.
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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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Tantalus Range, British Columbia, please refer to Canada’s COVID-19 travel requirements and British Columbia’s Travel and COVID-19 info 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!

  • What you get in this Tantalus Range skiing adventure:

      • An experienced, certified ski touring guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Up to 0.5 hrs of helicopter time
      • A full day of backcountry ski touring
      • All technical ski touring and avalanche safety gear
      • 5% GST

    What’s not included:

      • Touring skis or splitboard
      • Transportation to Squamish, BC
      • Accommodation
      • Food and snacks
  • In order to enjoy this heli-accessed ski touring adventure in the Tantalus Mountain Range, you need to have an advanced level of fitness and backcountry skiing experience. The terrain will be quite steep, ungroomed, and treed. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging black-level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while hiking uphill for 4000-6000.

  • This guided adventure in the Tantalus Mountain Range is suited for advanced skiers with previous skiing and riding experience in the backcountry. In order to keep up with your guide’s pace, you should be comfortable hiking uphill for 4000-6000 vertical feet every day and navigating steep, ungroomed, and treed terrain. If you’re not an advanced skier, we recommend checking out these beginner-friendly backcountry skiing options in British Columbia you can choose from. If this is your first time on a helicopter,  but not your first time in the backcountry, don’t worry, your guide will lead you through the process and make sure you have an epic day in the Tantalus Mountains.

  • 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 provided by guide):
        • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
        • Lightweight snow shovel
        • Avalanche probe
      • Harness and two locking carabiners (can be provided by guide)
      • Crevasse rescue kit (can be provided by guide) — depending on the conditions
      • Ice ax (can be provided by guide) — depending on the conditions
      • Ski crampons (can be provided by guide) — depending on the conditions

    For personal items, we recommend bringing:

      • Helmet
      • Sunglasses or ski goggles
      • Gloves and hat
      • 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
      • 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 2L 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, can be provided by guide)
      • Headlamp with fresh batteries
      • Camera — optional
  • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own:

      • All technical ski touring gear, including the crevasse rescue kit, harness and locking carabiners, ice ax, and ski crampons can be provided by your guide
      • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel, and probe can be provided by your guide
      • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from Escape Route
      • Splitboards can be rented from Escape Route

    Your guide has partnered with Escape Route to provide you with rentals at a discounted price.
    Ski rental locations are in Squamish 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:

      • For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. All prices are per person.
      • Costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to tour with friends and family.

    Ski touring in the Tantalus Range can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 16, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 16 may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

    If your group has ski tourers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Squamish, BC, the usual starting point of the tour, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport about an hour away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to the staging area, where you will take a heli-ride to the Tantalus Range for epic skiing.

    Alternatively and for an additional fee, your guides can arrange for the helicopter to pick you up at the Whistler Heliport in Whistler, BC.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the Squamish Heliport or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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