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Backcountry skiing in Whistler Blackcomb, BC

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Explore the most famous backcountry in Canada on your skis. Brian, a local certified guide, will show you all the best spots.


Coast Mountains

+1 Days

Jan - Mar, Dec




Whistler is a must if you want to discover the best skiing in Canada. This world renowned resort in the beautiful Coast Mountains is perfect for one or more days of backcountry skiing. 

The extremely varied terrain ensures that there are options for all tastes and levels. And the snowy environment in this Canadian destination is truly stunning, so you will enjoy the views as well as the runs!

We will skin up, enjoying the wonderful surroundings, and then I will guide you down the best slopes in each area: from short classics like the DOA and the Husume to long traverses like the Spearhead.

We will spend a typical backcountry ski day leaving our marks on the glaciers and in the backcountry of the Garibaldi Provincial Park, right next to the resort. The skiing days usually end around 4PM, but in the late winter or spring we can arrange to make longer day tours.

No prior backcountry ski experience is needed, but you do need to be in good physical shape to join. I will decide the exact itinerary depending on the level of the group and the weather conditions.

Tempted to explore Whistler backcountry on your skis? Then please request to book this trip and let’s start the adventure!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Equipment included consists of avalanche safety kit (beacon, shovel, probe and daypack), glacier/mountaineering safety gear if needed.

5% GST is not included in the price.


What experience and how fit do I need to be for this trip?

Prior backcountry ski experience is not necessary, but you should be in good physical condition.

What kind of training do you suggest?

Skiing requires endurance and leg strength, so it is important to include a variety of exercises in your training routine.

Leg strength is crucial for skiing, so incorporate squats, lunges, leg presses, and step-ups into your routine. General physical conditioning, including overall strength, balance, and agility, will also help you ski in varying conditions.

Where will we meet?

We'll meet you at Whistler village or at your hotel, at 8AM.

What's included in the price?

The guiding fee as well as avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe, and daypack) and glacier/mountaineering safety gear (if needed) are included in the price

What is NOT included in the price?

The following are not included in the price:

-5% GST, which will be added to all costs

-Lunch, beverages, and snacks

-Personal clothing suitable for cold weather touring

-Backcountry skis, bindings, and climbing skins (rentals available)

-Lift fees/reservations (backcountry tickets available for $59)

-Transportation costs, if tours are not in the Whistler backcountry

-Hut/camping fees, if a multi-day overnight trip is chosen

-Gratuities and tips

Will I be able to rent equipment?

Yes, rental of equipment will be available on site

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own?

-Alpine Touring Skis, Telemark skis, or Splitboard

-Climbing skins (required)

-Boots (regular alpine boots can be used if comfortable and not a tight fitting race boot)

-Poles with powder baskets (split-boarders should have collapsible poles to store in your pack on descents)

-Ski helmet (recommended)

-Outer layer jacket with hood (Gore-Tex style)

-Outer shell pants or bibs (Gore-Tex style recommended for ventilation while touring)

-Personal clothing layers suitable for current conditions (dress for exercise while touring and cooler conditions while descending)

-Gloves (standard ski gloves are suitable)

-Warm jacket (down or synthetic for rest breaks and colder weather)

-Sweater or vest (wool, fleece or down)

-Toque/warm hat (wool or fleece)


-Ski goggles

-Misc. personal items (camera, etc.)

-Daypack (25-40 litre size)

-Avalanche safety kit (beacon, shovel, probe) (included if needed, please let our office know in advance)

What is the best time of the year to embark on this trip?

The best season for this trip is winter (December-March).

What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

Our guide-to-participant ratio is 1:6

Is this a group or private trip?

This is a private trip, assuring that you will be able to travel at your own pace and explore at your own leisure.

What should I wear?

Dressing in layers allows you to regulate your body temperature as you transition between uphill and downhill skiing. Invest in a waterproof and breathable shell jacket and pants to protect against wind and precipitation, wear a warm hat or beanie, insulated, waterproof gloves cushioned ski or snowboard socks and ensure your ski boots fit well and are properly insulated.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Fairmont Chateau Whistler Whistler Canada
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The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler Whistler Canada
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Aava Whistler Hotel Whistler Canada
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Squamish-based IFMGA Mountain Guide Brian Jones is the owner/operator of Canada West Mountain School. Established in 1982, Canada West Mountain School is one of the premier Mountain Guiding and Training centres in Canada.

Brian offer Mountain Guiding services, Instructional Training courses and Custom programs in all aspects of mountain travel and safety in Canada and around the World.





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What people are saying about this trip



Our guide was Dan Robb! Thank you Dan, it was amazing! The fresh track was perfect! The scenic, Blue sky and sun, just WoW! 🤩❄️😎



Well experienced Guide ( Brian ), very nice trip in Garibaldi



We actually had a different guide (Les) but couldnt have been more impressed. He was super knowledgeable and helpful. Very patient and his timing for our day was excellent. Whistler is of course beautiful and it was a wonderful introduction to the back country.



We had a good time and the guide we had was both professional and patient. Thanks



Our first trip and a great day. Thank you Brian!

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