Scheduled backpacking trips of various challenges and unique beauty to different locations in Coast Mountains area. Private and custom trips are also available.
See scheduled trips or ask about custom dates.
Rental equipment available.
Whatever your ability or backcountry experience, whether looking for the ultimate adventure to test your mettle in amazing terrain or to simply experience the satisfaction of gaining unrestricted views in untouched wilderness, we offer several different tours, each unique.
Our multi-day trips are designed to equip you with basic outdoor skills for safe mountain travel and self-reliance in the backcountry should you pursue your own future wilderness endeavors.
All trips include interpretive information on fauna, flora, local geology, glaciology, mountain culture and natural history. Depending on the trip, basic skills-building may include:
Duration 4-7hrs of hiking travel per day, leaving from Whistler (unless otherwise specified), departure times vary based on trip.
We offer scheduled backpacking trips of various challenges and unique beauty to different locations in Sea to Sky Coast Mountains area. Private and custom trips are also available.
Linger under a starry sky and wake to the gentle warmth of a cresting sunrise. Below are some of our favourite backcountry camping adventures. Keep in mind that some of the more popular destinations are less secluded and therefore for those specific locations we favour week-day trip dates for a more exclusive outing.
To ensure the best experience, final tour destinations are subject to change based on the guide’s assessment of participant objectives, weather, and mountain conditions.
Just want to enjoy the journey? Porters are available! Training for a particular objective? Ask about our expedition-training or mountain running programs.
Important: Mountain weather and conditions can change fast and drastically – it is best to be prepared for cool, wet conditions even on a sunny day.
See PDF for full equipment list [Note: web PDF Doc in development]
We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).
Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance
This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.
Emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.
Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:
All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.
Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept credit card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.
Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.
Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.
Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to First Aid and Wilderness First Aid courses.
Late Arrival Policy
Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.
Adventures Cancellation Policy
Half Day and Full Day Programs
**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).
1-2 Day Courses
3+ Day Courses
**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.
Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.
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