Backcountry Freeride Touring in Whistler - Skiing and Splitboarding
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Whistler / Squamish

Whistler Backcountry Ski Touring & Splitboarding

Private Ski Guiding Instruction Canada

Summary

 Winter
  • Cost Per Person: $229
  • Private Package (up to 6 people): $745

Location: Whistler Blackcomb   Duration: 1 Day   Fitness: Good   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: Previous ski/ride ability  

Enjoy awesome backcountry skiing and splitboarding around the hidden terrain of the Whistler Blackcomb area. Skip the hard work and start your day with a lift assist, then leave those lift lines behind! On this Backcountry Freeride Tour, our guides will take you to the ‘goods!’

 

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Offered daily. Please click on Book Now to choose a date. Available November – April.

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Adventure Information

Enjoy awesome backcountry skiing and splitboarding around Whistler Blackcomb ski area. Lift access and touring gear offer a fantastic way to enjoy Whistler Blackcomb. The big-mountain backcountry outside of the ski area 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.

A great day of riding and refreshing the touring skills!

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. Groups can expect 3 – 5 runs and up to 5,000 ft of vertical descent for the day depending on ability and fitness level. This is a must-try experience on your next Whistler trip!

If you are unsure of your ability please contact us!

Interested in touring in Duffey Lake area? Read more here.

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

Dates: Offered daily
Location: Garibaldi Park – adjacent to Whistler Blackcomb ski areas
Duration: 1 full day

  • Meet your guide at the Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures office at 8:00am
  • Trip briefing and gear check
  • Load gondola at 9:00am
  • Lunch break at around noon
  • Ride until around 4:00pm
  • Meet at Whistler Village for a trip debrief and collection of all rented gear

Avalanche safety equipment included : digital tranceiver, shovel and probe

We are happy to help source any rental gear you need for your trip

Equipment:

  • Touring skis / splitboard and skins
  • Ski / snowboard boots
  • Poles
  • Lift pass: $59 backcountry lift ticket available
  • Backpack suitable for touring – 28L
  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants – dress for a day of riding in the alpine
  • Warm under layer(s)
  • Gloves
  • Winter hat/toque
  • Helmet
  • Goggles and/or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water (at least 1 litre)
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Camera
  • You are welcome to bring your own avalanche safety equipment

Dates: Tours offered daily throughout the Whistler ski season

Food: All food and water is the responsibility of the guest

Transportation: Must have transport to and from Whistler Village

Cost: $225 per person

Group rates are available for 3 or more people when booking on the same reservation.

$53 backcountry lift pass required

*Prices are subject to tax

Ratio: 6:1 client to guide

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

Difficulty: Intermediate

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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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