Get away from the bustling crowds and stomped out snow to experience the pristine natural beauty and fresh snow of the real Coast Mountain backcountry. Snowshoers will explore through soft powdery snow while taking in the striking natural views of our local hidden gems. Customized and professionally led by our certified guides.
Locations include Garibaldi Provincial Park, Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Whistler, and Squamish.
Transportation is not included. If you do not have your own transportation, it is available for additional cost.
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The quintessential winter alpine snowshoe tour.
Enter the true backcountry mountain realm. A winter wonderland blancketed in higher elevation snow. You will trek through the powder amongst the giant old growth trees to gain snow topped granite ridges. These lead us to unsurpassed views of mountain and sea.
Your professional guide will set a safe and perfect track, providing you peace of mind as you enjoy this exciting quintessentially Canadian backcountry experience.
Transportation is not included.
Tour: 08.30am – 16.30pm
15 minutes prior to tour start time at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Map Here.
All tours will also go into untracked powder for a backcountry experience.
Along the way, your guide will provide an interpretive experience talking about the local winter flora and fauna, as well as the snowpack, history, and geology of the area
Dates: Tours offered on designated week and weekend days throughout the winter season and as conditions permit. Please see main tour description for this trip days and times.
Equipment: All equipment is provided & guests are welcome to use their own equipment if they wish – see Equipment Tab
Food: All food and beverage is the responsibility of the guest
Transportation: It is included with the return from Whistler and the trailhead destination.
Group, Family & Youth rates available, please enquire by email at whistlerguides.com or call:
Gondola lift ticket or seasons pass may be required depending on the destinations.
*Lift Pass/Trip Combo Special: This option is provided upon checkout.
*Prices are subject to tax
Difficulty: No experience necessary, average fitness is required, all equipment is provided.
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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