Enjoy awesome backcountry skiing and splitboarding in the Coast Mountains. With options ranging from Squamish to Pemberton, on this backcountry tour you will experience the true winter wilderness away from the lifts and crowds with the safety of a professional guide!
Enjoy awesome backcountry skiing and splitboarding around the Coast Mountains. The big-mountain backcountry offers a multitude of bowls, glaciers and gladed runs to choose from. Conditions are almost always favourable with lots of powder to ensure great turns for all. Your experienced ski guide will provide instruction on backcountry equipment usage and lead you down some memorable ski descents. Intimate group sizes provide individual attention and a day at the right pace. Experience the true winter wilderness as tours are based in remote locations away from the ski lifts and crowds.
Geared for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers or snowboarders. Participants must be comfortable and confident in intermediate terrain [blue runs] in a variety of snow conditions. Skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders welcome. Personal avalanche gear is included. Groups may get up to 3 – 5 runs and up to 5,000 ft of vertical descent for the day depending on ability and fitness level. Please note these tours do not involve any use of ski lifts and if you are unsure of your ability please contact us.
Transport will be required and depends on location.
Prefer to use the lifts to get you up there? Check out our Whistler Backcountry tours.
Not quite ready for a day backcountry skiing or splitboarding? Check out our Intro to Backcountry tour and learn the basics.
Dates: Offered daily
Location: Options available include Garibaldi Park, Joffre Group, Marriot Basin, Cerise Creek and many other destinations in the Coast Mountains.
Duration: 1 full day (6-7 hours)
Meeting Location: Dependent on touring destinations.
When booking you can specify your destination or we can provide suggestions based on your experience and ability.
Please note whilst we’ll do our best to go where you want to, sometimes the conditions dictate otherwise. If this is the case we’ll contact you to discuss some other great options.
Transportation is required, this can be provided for a small charge if you do not have access to a vehicle.
Touring gear rentals: MSAA clients receive a discounted rental rate at Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Advance reservations are required to ensure there is gear available.
Dates: Tours offered daily throughout the Winter season
Food: All food and water should be provided and carried by the guest
Transportation: Required to the meeting point, we can provide this for a small charge if needed.
Client/Guide Ratio: 6:1
Prerequisites: Participants must be confident skiing blue (intermediate) runs in variable conditions including powder snow. No backcountry experience is required.
Minimum Age: 16 years old (slightly younger guests may be accommodated only on private tours depending on skills and maturity).
Please note these tours are located away from lifts and infrastructure, guests should be prepared accordingly.
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.
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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. We also accept bank e-transfers 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 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 Tours
**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 19) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where a parent or legal guardian is not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well, they must sign a waiver and have a parent 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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