Mt Currie - Wedge Ski Traverse

Pemberton to Whistler - The Fun Way

This brilliant adventure starts with a short helicopter trip to the summit of Mount Currie and finishes on the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain.  Located just north of Whistler, it remains a mystery as to why this area sees such little traffic as the ski quality, terrain and setting along the Currie- Wedge Traverse are quite possibly the best in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Skiers will begin the traverse by venturing down Mount Currie's south side to the rarely travelled Mystery Glacier and the expansive ice fields north of Mount Wedge.  And while a descent of Wedge is every skier's dream run, this traverse offers a lifetime of additional skiing possibilities with superb variety.  Despite a modest 27 km distance, we love taking three days to squeeze every ounce of skiable terrain out of this magnificent backcountry paradise.

We highly recommend this traverse for advanced skiers.

Trip Dates: March 23-25 and April 20-22.  Custom Trips Available.

The Goods

Length: 3 Days

Elevations: 1300m - 2600m

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

Season: Scheduled Dates in Spring 2018 or Custom Trips on Demand

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1

Highlights: Helicopter flight to start the day, traversing the Weart Glacier and summiting Wedge via the NE Ridge.

Is This for You

This is a great traverse for skiers with lots of touring experience who are seeking a multi- day trip away from the crowds.  Despite being so convenient to access from Whistler, the Currie- Wedge Traverse area is remote, big and wild.

Participants should be intermediate or advanced skiers and snowboarders.  Good fitness is required as you can expect to travel uphill on skis 2000 – 7000ft each day for 3 days.

The Route

We meet at your hotel at 7am, check gear and head straight to the Pemberton Airport.  Following our transceiver search training and  helicopter safety debrief, an 8:30am helicopter departure will take us to the summit of Mount Currie high above the Pemberton Valley.  We will camp on the Weart Glacier Plateau and bag the summit of Mount Wedge via the aesthetic  north ridge for the hailed ski descent down its classic south face.  Various routes and ski descents are possible on the Mount Currie-Blackcomb Traverse and these will be decided based on the snow & weather conditions as well as group fitness & skill level.  You can expect to travel for 8 hours each day and set up camp at our desired location around 4 pm.  We arrive at Whistler Village around 4 pm on our last day.

Day 1

Highlights: Skiing off Mount Currie south face.

Distance: 7.5 km

Vertical gain: 850 m

Descent: 1070 m

 

Day 2

Highlights: Skiing around the Owls

Distance: 4.5 km

Vertical gain: 370 m

Descent: 6500 m

 

Day 3

Highlights: The long descent to billygoat pass

Distance: 15.6 km

Vertical gain: 1500 m

Descent: 1820 m

 

Scheduled Trip Dates

March 23- 25, 2018$850 /person

April 20 - 22, 2018$850 /person

Custom Date & Duration

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Arrive in Sapporo (New Chitose International Airport) Meet your guide and get on the road towards Niseko
  • Settle into accommodation, eat dinner (Sushi maybe?)
  • Discuss the game plan for next day. Early bed… Jet lag recovery.

Day 2

  • Safety First! A detailed safety briefing and thorough rescue training session will prepare you for the week and make you much more skilled in the backcountry.
  • Easy Ski tour. The first day will not be strenuous at all. Most likely a tour off the ski hill followed by a soak in a natural hot spring called an Onsen.
  • Dinner at one of the many restaurants located in the town of Hirafu or we can visit the quieter Niseko Town.

Day 3

  • Mount Yotei!! This volcano is such a beautiful mountain; some call it the Mount Fuji of Hokkaido. It rises 1500mand offers the longest runs in the area. 

Day 4

  • The Kiroro Traverse. We travel about an hour away to the ski resort calledKiroro. Kiroro consistently get some of the deepest snow packs of all the skills. We take advantage of the gondola that brings us to the foot of the mountain Yoichi Dake. From here we ski a total of 1500m making our way back to the Van. We finish this day at the local Onsen before driving back to the Niseko area.

Day 5

  • Mount Shiribetsu ski tour.
  • Travel toCentral Hokkaido

Day 6

  • Today we ski an active volcano! Asahi-dake at 2290m is the highest point in Hokkaido. This volcano has fumaroles that billow steam from the crater. The snow here is some of the lightest and driest because of the altitude and distance from the ocean.

Day 7

  • Tokachidake backcountry. The surrounding area of Tokachidake has some amazing spruce forests that need to be skied. So if the weather is stormy, the glades are the place to be.

Day 8

  • Tomamu, Furano, or Sahoro. The backcountry skiing around these resort is very accessible and taking advantage of the lifts make it easier to get maximum vertical.
  • After our day we pack up and drive to Sapporo.

Day 9

  • The last day of skiing is based out of Sapporo. There are a number of options that all offer something different. Teine and Kokusa are the best bets. We will go where the best snow is.
  • Party night in Sapporo!!

Day 10

  • Airport transfer day. Sleep in, eat a late breakfast, organize your gear and get dropped off at the airport.
  • There are a few Places to visit in the city if your flights are later in the day.
What's Included

What's Included
8 day guided skiing with ACMG guide

Pre-trip logistics and Altus concierge support

Transportation to and from airport

Transportation during ski week

9-nights of accommodation

All breakfast

Lift tickets

One heck of a good time

Not Included
Not included: Lunch and dinner, Alcohol or additional beverages, flights to Japan, and travel insurance. For help booking flights or travel insurance, chat with our Concierge department
Gear List
Prerequisites
Prerequisites
  • Intermediate ski ability (blue/black diamond runs)
  • Previous ski touring experience
  • Moderate fitness (ability to walk up while for 2- 4 hours)
  • Eagerness for adventure
  • Powder skiing experience (minimum 20 days)

Add-Ons

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About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he’s at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.