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4 day
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Monte Johnston, Black Sheep Adventure Sports
Reserve deposit ($750.00) $750
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  • British Columbia’s backcountry is well known for its pristine snow and varied terrain. And there’s no better way to experience it than by going on a heli skiing tour! The best thing about this BC’s West Coast tour might just be its ever-changing location—that’s right, every day you’ll switch touring spots and feel the thrill of gliding in different areas and on different terrain. All the while a trusted, ACMG-certified guide will be by your side, helping you achieve your objectives and hone your skills in Garibaldi, off the Sea to Summit Gondola, Whistler, and Tantalus. After long days out, you’ll retreat to your chalet accommodation in Squamish.

    • Make sure to arrive to Squamish a day prior to your first day in the field. Your accommodation for the duration of this tour is the cozy Cloudraker Chalet, where your guide will meet you and review the plan for the upcoming days. Get a good night’s sleep.
      Accommodation: Cloudraker Chalet in Squamish

    • Meet your guide and your group in Squamish, where you’ll be based in the Cloudraker Chalet for the duration of this tour. Kick things off with heli-access ski touring off Garibaldi—and a possible summit as well.
      Accommodation: Cloudraker Chalet in Squamish

       

      Guided backcountry skiing in British Columbia’s West Coast
    • Depending on the group and the conditions, today you’ll either ski tour off the Sea to Sky Gondola or Whistler.
      Accommodation: Cloudraker Chalet in Squamish

       

      Skier on the West Coast
    • On the third day, you’ve got helicopter-access ski touring in the Tantalus Zone.
      Accommodation: Cloudraker Chalet in Squamish

       

      Tantalus skier
    • As cherry on top of this backcountry skiing adventure, you’ll be doing some heli skiing for your final day on BC’s powder!

       

      Skier in BC
    • The order of the days can change depending on weather conditions, as it’s not possible to fly on cloudy days. You’ll still get to use those stormy days anyway since they’re the best for tree skiing. Sunny days are reserved for heli-accessed terrain.

    • What you get on this adventure:

        • An experienced, ACMG Certified Guide with extensive knowledge of the area
        • 3 or 4 days of backcountry skiing in British Columbia’s West Coast
        • Accommodation (Cloudraker Chalet in Squamish)
        • Helicopter flights for heli access
        • Group safety equipment

      What’s not included:

        • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment — can be rented
        • Avalanche safety equipment — can be rented with your guides
        • Accommodation before and after the tour — your guides can help arrange it
        • Transportation to the meeting point
        • Food and snacks
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • To enjoy this backcountry skiing adventure on BC’s West Coast, you need to have at least some backcountry skiing experience. Participants should feel comfortable skiing on various types of terrain and have a good understanding of the basics of backcountry skiing. Other than that, your ACMG-certified guides can accommodate almost any ability level, help you with your skills, and coach when things get a bit more difficult.

    • To participate in this tour, you need to have at least some previous backcountry skiing experience.

      If you’re looking for a day-long adventure suitable for beginners in BC, check out backcountry skiing in Duffey Lake.

    • 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 rented):
        • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
        • Lightweight snow shovel
        • Avalanche probe

      For personal items, we recommend bringing:

        • 20-30L daypack
        • Helmet — optional
        • Sunglasses and goggles
        • Sun and lip cream
        • Camera — optional, but recommended
        • 1L of water or tea
        • First aid kit
        • Food you can eat on-the-go
        • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
        • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)

      This is a list of clothing we recommend you bring:

        • Gloves and hat
        • Wool and/or synthetic socks
        • Mid-insulation fleece or puffy jacket
        • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
        • Warm outer puffy jacket
        • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
        • Down jacket or vest
        • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
        • Face mask
        • Toque — wool or synthetic
        • Brimmed cap
        • Face warmer — scarf, neck tube, face mask, buff, etc.
        • Light gloves and insulated gloves or mitts
    • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent avalanche safety pack, including a backpack, beacon, shovel and probe with your guides in the booking process.

      You can rent alpine touring or telemark skis (or splitboard) touring boots, and poles in Squamish from Urban Alpine, Spicy Sports, and Evo. As Squamish is an outdoor hub, there’s a multitude of more rental shops to choose from.

      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 prices:

        • For this West Coast backcountry skiing adventure, the group size is made of 4 people. That is also the minimum number of people for this tour to run.
        • The cost is per person and doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

      Backcountry skiing in BC’s West Coast can be arranged for larger groups. 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 Squamish, most people fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR), 1 hour from Whistler. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service.

      Accommodation is included for the day prior to skiing, so make sure to check into the Cloudraker Chalet in Squamish and have a good night’s rest. Your guide will meet you there and review the plan for Day 1.

    • 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 British Columbia, please refer to BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 advice.

      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!

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