Intro to Backcountry Ski & Splitboarding

Per Person: $239

Private (up to 8 People): $749

Safety and learning are the focus, plus getting into some gorgeous untracked snow!

Location: Squamish

Duration: 1 Day

Have you been wanting to try backcountry skiing or snowboarding? Spend a day with one of our patient, professional guides and learn to enjoy the backcountry. No backcountry experience is required to do the Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding. 

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HOW TO BOOK:

• Booking individually? Choose the Per Person option.

• Have a Group larger than 8? Please contact us to make a booking.

• Enjoy this amazing experience with MSAA!

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PRIVATE TOUR:

Already have a group? Book a Private Tour and have the flexibility of having the guide all to yourself! 

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Tour Location: This tour is located on Whister Blackcomb and you will require a lift ticket.

UPDATE: We will be continuing to run this tour with our safe, robust COVID-19 protocols we have had in place all season. If you have any questions please contact us.

HOW TO BOOK:

  • Tour Location: This tour is located in the Diamond Head/Elfin Lakes region and you will require a 4×4 with chains to access the parking lot. For those that do not have this, we offer a shuttle service from Squamish or Whistler for an additional cost (more details at checkout).

Public Course:

HOW TO BOOK:

• Booking individually? Choose the Per Person option.

• Have a Group larger than 8? Please contact us to make a booking.

• Enjoy this amazing experience with MSAA!

Private Course:

Already have a group? Book a Private Tour and have the flexibility of having the guide all to yourself! 

ADVENTURE INFORMATION

This is a fun and educational day in the backcountry adjacent to Whistler Blackcomb. Among the many skills you will be introduced to are basic avalanche rescue, terrain analysis, track setting, uphill and downhill skiing technique, route finding, tree skiing and trip planning. We spend a full day skiing and riding while covering uphill and downhill skills in powder, equipment use and safety awareness.

There is no better place in the world to learn backcountry skiing than Whistler and our guides will ensure you have an enjoyable and educational day. This is a must-do tour to complete your stay in Whistler.

Important Information

  • Avalanche safety equipment is not included (transceiver, shovel, probe)
  • Touring skis/splitboard required.
  • Geared for beginner skiers or snowboarders looking at getting into backcountry travel. For those with backcountry experience we reccomend booking Whistler Backcountry Ski & Splitboard Tour.
  • Participants must be comfortable and confident in intermediate terrain [blue runs] in a variety of snow conditions. If you are unsure of your ability, please contact us for more information.
  • Groups can expect 2 – 4 runs for the day, depending on ability and fitness level
  • Transportation is not included.

Meet guide at 8:15am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre.

The guide will get everyone to sign a waiver and perform a gear check before a trip briefing on safety and the day’s objectives.

Take Whistler or Blackcomb Lifts read to start day:

  • Equipment setup boots, skins and ski’s/board for touring
  • Trailhead procedures with transceiver
  • Companion rescue review
  • How to efficiently walk up hill in touring mode
  • Terrain choice and limitations depending on hazards

Uphill terrain selection and track-setting:

  • Safe terrain selection and efficient uptrack.
  • How to evaluate a slope
  • Maintain situational awareness

Downhill safe terrain choice and technique:

  • Use Slope Avlauator to choose a run appropriate to conditions.
  • Efficient transition from touring to skiing mode. Care of skins, transition routine.
  • How to best ski the run
  • Where and when to regroup safely

The day will finish at approximately 4:30pm with a debrief at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. The guide will also suggest what to do next to further your backcountry knowledge and abilities.

Rentals/Purchase:

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If you require rentals or need to purchase equipment, we have teamed up with the experts at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Follow the link HERE to purchase or rent gear for this course!



Equipment:

  • Touring skis / splitboard and skins
  • Avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe)
  • Ski / snowboard boots (your regular boots will work with the touring bindings)
  • Poles
  • Lift pass
  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants – dress for a day in the alpine
  • Warm layers (fleece or puffy jacket)
  • Thermal under layer
  • Gloves
  • Winter hat/toque
  • Helmet
  • Goggles and/or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water (1 litre)
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Camera

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