Duffy Lake Road is a backcountry hot spot accessed from Whistler. “The Duffy,” as it’s known to most locals, is super rewarding, not too crowded and well worth the trip. From Whistler, drive north for about an hour and then head east towards Lillooet. You’ll gain 4000 feet on the road alone. You can find ample touring available directly from your car.Because of the proximity of the road to the terrain, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what kind of skiing awaits.
Keep in mind, inclement weather and avalanche safety are not to be underestimated here. You should be well-equipped to head onto this road. Note that conditions can get nasty, and there’s not much cell service.
What to know before you go to Duffy Lake
There’s plenty of tree skiing and great access to alpine terrain. Depending on objectives, there’s a great backcountry cabin accessible from this road called Cerise Creek Cabin. Check it out. Plus, there are plenty of options for accommodations in nearby Pemberton and Whistler.