Custom Backcountry Ski Trips

Local Powder Stashes and Epic Freeride Lines - All Winter Long.

Let us show you our Backyard.  Whether pushing into the Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry or heli dropping to ski in the Tantalus Range, we can create the dream ski trip for you and your friends.  One day hits in the local backcountry, overnight trips further in the backcountry or adventurous multi-day ski traverses, Altus Mountain Guides specializes in Custom Backcountry Ski Trips around Whistler, BC and Beyond.

Our team of Ski Guides have gone through the training ringer and logged dizzying amounts of time in Whistler's Backcountry and all over the world.  Our Ski Guides cater to every skill level, whether it is your first day out after a winter behind the keys or you are fresh off Ironman training.

Get some.

The Goods

Length: 1 Day or more- Custom

Elevations: 900m - 2600m

Terrain: Open bowls, glades, pillows, alpine faces, couloirs.  A good mix of elevations and aspects.

Season: November 1 to May 15

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1

Favorite Runs: Mount Currie Pencil Couloir, Serratus North Face and Husume Couloir.

Cost: Starting at $500 - $850 per day

What You Get

Your Backcountry Ski Goal.  And if you don't have one, we will help you create one.  We will work with you to design the perfect plan whether it is your first ever trip into the backcountry or you have plans to get barrelled in powder on a steep alpine face.  With our Ski Guides' extensive knowledge of our local haunt of the Whistler Backcountry, the Coast Mountains and destinations all over the world, there is no shortage of options of ski lines everywhere for everyone.  Let us know.

  • Fully Custom Trips (dates, duration & destination)
  • ACMG/ IFMGA Certified Guides
  • Intimate Local Knowledge
  • Expert Skiers
  • Passion for Showing Our Guests the Best Skiing

Is This For You

The luxury of a Custom Backcountry Ski Trip is that you set the pace and objective and we accommodate your ability level, fitness and goals.  Whether you are completely new to backcountry skiing or have logged many seasons ski touring in the high alpine, we can make a trip that fits your needs.  Our Guides have the qualifications and personal skill set to accommodate a wide range of ability level from new to experienced.

  • Intermediate to Expert Downhill Ski Ability
  • Any Range of Fitness
  • No Previous Backcountry Skiing Experience Required

Whistler Backcountry Skiing

The Whistler Backcountry provides a lifetime of ski touring possibilities with unbeatable access.  From the resort lift system, we are able to quickly access all types of skiing: glades, pillows, glaciers and couloirs.  Using the lift system allows us to maximize your time skiing.

Typical Whistler Backcountry day: 8:00am start - 3 to 5 backcountry runs - 1300m to 2500m of ascent (on skins) - 2000m to 3300m of descent

Map of common runs

Ideas and Inspiration

Beyond the Spearhead Range accessed by the Whistler Blackcomb lift system is hundreds of valleys, peaks and epic ski lines to choose from.  The list of backcountry options is far too big to compile but that's what our Ski Guides are for.  We keep our finger on the pulse throughout the winter and can direct your ski trips to the area with the best current conditions and weather.

 

Sea to Sky Gondola

Mystery locations

I contacted five companies about setting up a custom mountaineering trip and Altus immediately got back to me with all sorts of helpful, informative details. They were much easier and better to work with than all the other companies.

- Michele G

I felt safe and secure, and I learned a ton. Great objective, great weather, great food, and great company - it doesn't get any better than this! Can't wait to get back out there with the Altus guides - don't leave home without 'em!

- Nigel B

Book a Custom Trip

Early Season$500 to $650

November 1 - December 21

High Season$600 to $850

December 22 - March 31

Spring Season$500 to $650

April 1 - May 1

More Details

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

  • 8:00 am - Meet at Whistler Base, check gear, and review conditions.
  • 8:30 am - Take the lifts up and head out of the ski area boundary to Whistler or Blackcomb, depending on guide’s discretion.
  • 16:00 – 17:00 - Return to Whistler Village for apres
What's Included
  • Guides fees
  • Pre-trip consulting
  • Pre-trip fitness plan
  • Adventure concierge support while on trip
  • One heck of a good time
Not Included
  • Backcountry ski rentals
  • Avalanche safety equipment rentals
  • Backcountry lift tickets (if applicable)*

*Available for purchase at checkout.

Gear list

Hardware

• Backcountry skis + skins or Split board set up (board, skins, poles)

• 30 liter backpack (something large enough to fit extra clothing, skins (6in x 2 x 3), food, water and any personal items)

• Avalanche Transceiver, Shovel, Probe 

 

Clothing

•Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants

• Lightweight breathable jacket and pants (for uphill skinning/climbing)

• Insulated jacket (synthetic insulated jacket is strongly recommended)

• Lightweight gloves for climbing/skinning

•Warm gloves

•Warm hats

• Balaclava or other types of neck warmer

• Base layers

 

Miscellaneous

• Sunglasses

• Goggles

• Sun screen

• Sun hat

• Small personal ski repair kit

• Personal first aid, medication

• Camera

Booking policy

Making a booking

Greater than 14 days from start date

  • 20% deposit is required to secure your guides and or trip. Remaining trip cost is due 14 days

Less than 14 days from start date

  • Trip cost must be paid in full

*Subject to change based on particular trip

Forms of payment

Credit card: Visa, Mastercard

Email transfer: info@altusmountainguides.com

Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement

Cancellations

Greater than 30 days from start date

  • Deposit will be refunded in full

30 to 14 days prior to trip commencement

  • Deposit amount will be forfeited

Less than 14 days

  • Full trip amount will be forfeited

*Subject to change based on particular trip

*All cancellations must be received in writing

Cancellations by Altus Mountain Guides

Upon confirming your booking we guarantee the trip departure. If we cancel a trip for any reason prior to the start date a full refund will be provided. If we are forced to cancel a trip for any reason after the trip start date, a full refund for the unused portion of the trip will be provided.

Trip cancellation insurance

Upon confirmation of your trip Altus Mountain Guides enters into financial obligation and cannot refund payment or release you from your contractual obligation except for condition stated below in “Cancellations” Therefore in an effort to avoid unnecessary cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance is strongly recommended in the event you can not participate or if your trip is interrupted “for any reason”. This is available from most travel companies. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy or obtaining insurance.

Cancellation insurance

  • Tugo

Medical/Evacuation Insurance

All participants must have personal internationally accepted medical insurance for all activities pertaining to your trip that also includes emergency rescue and evacuation. With your insurance please ensure you will be covered for “roped travel” if booking a technical trip.

*The required insurance depends on location

Canada

  • Insurance is free in entire country

USA

  • Private insurance is recommended

France 

  • Mountain climbing rescue is free

Switzerland, Italy, Austria

  • Privates or alpine club insurance is required.

*Europe: We recommend the following: Austrian alpine club membership, REGA

Additional fees

Longer & more involved routes may have additional premiums, driving, accommodation,& food costs are trip dependent.

Please contact us for details and a full quote.

Add-Ons

Whistler Accomodation

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Avalanche Air Bag

$5o / Day

Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!