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Backcountry Ski Touring Whistler

Summary

 Winter
  • Per Person (minimum 2): $269
  • Group Private (up to 6 people): $849

Duration: 1 Day   Fitness: Good   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: Intermediate Terrain  
Whistler Blackcomb:

Enjoy the backcountry terrain beyond the Whistler Blackcomb ski area boundaries. Start your day with a lift assist, then leave those lift lines behind.

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.

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Whistler Blackcomb:
Departures: 8:30am / Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

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Book a private group and book any day of the week!

Coast Mountains: 
Departures: 8:30am / Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

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Book a private group and book any day of the week!

Adventure Information

Whistler Blackcomb: 

Enjoy awesome backcountry skiing and splitboarding around the Whistler Blackcomb ski area. The big-mountain backcountry outside of the ski area offers a multitude of bowls, glaciers and gladed runs to choose from.

Book a Whistler Private Group and book any day of the week!

Coast Mountains:

Conditions are almost always favourable with lots of powder to ensure great turns for all. 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. If you are unsure of your ability please contact us.

Book a Coast Private Group and book any day of the week!

Ski Ability:

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.

How To Book:

• Choose a date thats best for you:

Whistler: We currently run Backcountry Tours Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Coast Mountains: We currently run Backcountry Tours Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

• Let us know you ski ability and we will team you up with the best guide and group!

• Gear up! If you already have the gear that’s great…..if not you can rest everything from Escape Route. Don’t forget you get 15% off rentals if you book a tour with MSAA!

• Book yourself onto a tour! We require a minimum of 2 participants on each tour….grab a ski mate or pay the single supplement fee for $459. If someone else then books onto the same tour as you we will refund you the difference!

Not quite ready for a day backcountry skiing or splitboarding? Check out our Intro to Backcountry tour and learn the basics.

*Tour subject to a minimum number of participants. 48 hour notice will be given if minimum number has not been reached

Whistler:

Dates: Offered daily
Location: Garibaldi Park – adjacent to Whistler Blackcomb ski areas
Duration: 1 full day (6-7 hours) / Meet at 8:15am

Meeting Location: Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre (#7 – 4433 Sundial Place)

  • Trip briefing and gear check
  • Load gondola
  • Lunch break at around noon
  • Ski/Ride until around 4:00pm
  • Trip debrief and collection of gear

Coast Mountains:

Dates: Offered daily
Location: Options available include Duffey Lakes, 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.

Whistler:

Lift pass is required: backcountry lift tickets are available through our office (not needed if you have a season pass or day passes) for $59.00.

Rentals: MSAA clients receive a discounted rental rate at Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Advance reservations are required to ensure there is gear available.

Coast Mountains:

Transportation is required, this can be provided for an additional charge if you do not have access to a vehicle.

Rentals: MSAA clients receive a discounted rental rate at Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Advance reservations are required to ensure there is gear available.

Equipment:

  • Touring skis / splitboard and skins
  • Avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe)
  • Ski / snowboard boots
  • Poles
  • Backpack suitable for touring – 25-35 litres
  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants – dress for a day in the alpine
  • Warm under layers
  • Gloves
  • Winter hat/toque
  • Helmet
  • Goggles and/or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water (at least 1 litre)
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Camera

Whistler:

Dates: 8:30am / Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Food: All food and water should be provided and carried by the guest.

Client/Guide Ratio: We run our backcountry tours at a maximum of 6:1 (client to guide) ratio.

Prerequisites: Participants must be confident skiing blue (intermediate) runs in variable conditions including powder snow. No backcountry experience is required.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Minimum Age: 16 years old (slightly younger guests may be accommodated only on private tours depending on skills and maturity).

Coast Mountains:

Dates: 8:30am / Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Food: All food and water should be provided and carried by the guest

Transportation is required: This can be provided for an additional charge if you do not have access to a vehicle.

Client/Guide Ratio: Our backcountry tours at a maximum of 6:1 ratio (skier to guide)

Prerequisites: Participants must be confident skiing blue (intermediate) runs in variable conditions including powder snow. No backcountry experience is required.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Minimum Age: 16 years old (slightly younger guests may be accommodated only on private tours depending on skills and maturity).

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Important Information

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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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.

Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA. We also accept bank e-transfers and cash.

• For 1-2 day adventures/courses booking must be paid in full.
• For longer adventures/courses a deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking.
• The remaining balance is due 30 days before the start date.
• Bookings made less than 30 days before adventure/course must be paid in full.

Next day bookings are taken up until 5pm the day before any tour or course. *Subject to guide availability

Full Terms & Conditions

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

  • With less than 48 hours of the tour start time:  Cancellation will result in a 100% forfeit of tour price, no rescheduling.
  • With more than 48 hours notice:  We will reschedule or refund with no penalty.
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 of the course date: 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 of the course date: 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 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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