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

What's Included

What's Included

3 Days guided skiing with ACMG Guide

Group Gear (rope, harnesses, crevasse rescue kits)

Helicopter Flight

One heck of a good time

Not Included

Food

Tents

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Pad

(We can help arrange everything if you need though! Please let us know)

Gear List

Hardware

• Ski touring skis, Skins, poles

• 40-50 litre backpack (something large enough to fit extra clothing, skins (6in x 2 x 3), a portion of the group food, and a portion of group gear)

• Avalanche beacon, probe, shovel

• Harness

• Crevasse kit (2 prussics, 2 locking biners, 2 non-locking biners) We can provide if necessary

• Ski crampons

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 another type of neck warmer

• Base Layers

We personally recommend bringing a larger than a normal insulated jacket or an additional light jacket or vest to supplement your normal layering system. Down pants are also a fantastic treat on overnight trips.

Miscellaneous

• Sunglasses

• Goggles

• Sunscreen

• Sun hat

• Small personal ski repair kit (Phillips driver for snowboard bindings)

• Personal first aid, medication

• Camera

Camping gear

• Down booties for around camp

• Change of warm socks

• 4 season tent

• Winter sleeping bag (-15 to -30c)

• Sleeping pad, inflatable is recommended

• Personal toiletries

• Anything else to keep you comfortable and happy 🙂

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

Trip Photographer

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Black Crows Ski Demos

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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!!!

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.

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