Backcountry Showshoe Adventure Tour - Whistler and Squamish
Whistler / Squamish

Backcountry Snowshoe Adventure Tour



  • Cost:
  • Adult $199
  • Private Package $599 (up to 6)

Location: Whistler   Duration: 1 Day   Fitness: Average   Ability: Beginner   Prerequisites: None  

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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Adventure Information

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. If you do not have your own transportation, it is available for additional cost.


Offered daily.


1 person:

  • $299.00 (full day)

2 people or more (per person cost)

  • $199.00 (full day)

PRIVATE GROUP (up to 6 people)

  • $599.00 (full day)

Daily departure may vary – Please see todays schedule

Typical Itinerary
Tour 1: 08.00am – 17.00pm

Meeting time:
15 minutes prior to tour start time at the Mountain Skills Academy Office, Main Street, Whistler.

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


  • Snowshoes – We provide these or bring your own
  • Poles
  • Winter boots or Warm Hiking type shoes
  • Dress for winter
  • Warm under layer(s) and socks
  • Winter Shell Jacket/Pants
  • An extra puffy jacket (down or synthetic may be nice on colder days)
  • Gloves/mitts
  • Winter hat/toque
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water (at least 1 litre)
  • Snacks
  • Camera

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: Must have transport to and from Sea to Sky Gondola. We can organize your transport, please contact us.

Group, Family & Youth rates available, please enquire by email at or call:


Toll Free: 1-855-938-9242

Gondola lift ticket or seasons pass is required and *bundled options are available.

*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.

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.

Emergency Evacuation and Medical

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 National Health.

We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also 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 course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.

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 WFR courses.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**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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