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Duffey Lake Road

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.

About the author
ACMG Ski Guide extraordinaire and soon-to-be Assistant Rock Climbing Guide

Greg Hill is known far and wide for incredible first ascents and all around skiing prowess. He’s also a good friend of 57hours. His on mountain accomplishments are too many to list here, but he’s been known for skiing the odd 2,000,000’ in 2010; he skied 50,000’ in 24hrs because he can. Oh, yeah, he also climbed and skied 100km in the month of March, 2014. Not too shabby. Of late, Greg’s changing the world one adventure at a time with his Chevy Bolt for zero emission skiing and adventure.

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