Top three reasons to ski tour in the Tantalus Range
Enjoy the views of British Columbia’s untouched wilderness
From mild glacier runs to steep couloirs, the variety is unparalleled
Conquer the solemn and otherwise inaccessible Tantalus Range via helicopter
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’ 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.
December through April
Vancouver, BC, is 3 hours away from the Tantalus Range
Intermediate to advanced
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Heli-Accessed Ski Touring in the Tantalus Range
Avoid the crowds with the help of a private helicopter on this heli-accessed ski tour! A qualified ACMG guide will accompany you as you explore the depths of the stunning Tantalus Range. Kick off your trip with an epic descent, and spend the rest of the day touring to your heart’s content. The excellent conditions and abundant powder will ensure great turns for all. When you’ve had your fill, wrap up your ski-day with an epic descent to the valley bottom!
Meet your guides
ACMG Ski Guide, ACMG Apprentice Alpine and Rock GuideACMG Ski Guide, ACMG Apprentice Alpine and Rock Guide
ACMG Ski Guide, ACMG Apprentice Alpine and Rock Guide · 11 years of experience
Black Sheep Adventure SportsBlack Sheep Adventure Sports
ACMG Certified Rock, Alpine & Ski GuidesACMG Certified Rock, Alpine & Ski Guides
Black Sheep Adventure Sports
ACMG Certified Rock, Alpine & Ski Guides
Mountain Skills AcademyMountain Skills Academy
ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guides
Mountain Skills Academy
ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guides
Things to know
Covid measures in the Tantalus Range, 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, 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 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
- Food and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
In order to enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have an advanced level of fitness and backcountry skiing experience. The terrain in the Tantalus Range 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 vertical feet every day.
What if I’ve never tried heli-accessed backcountry skiing before?
This adventure 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
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 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:
- 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
- Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack, can be provided by guide)
- Headlamp with fresh batteries
- Camera — optional
Can I rent equipment?
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 and age requirements
- 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.
Getting there and meeting location
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.
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.