Mystery Creek Freeride Camp

Heli, Winter Camping, Freeride Camp

We personally consider Spring Skiing in the Coast Range the highlight of the year! And for our first spring trip we are heading to the rarely traveled Mystery Creek zone just north of Whistler, BC.  Since this area is accessed only by helicopter, we will have our pick of the area: big peaks, expansive glaciers and ski lines for weeks.

The focus of this trip is freeride skills in alpine terrain.  Over the course of 3 days participants will have opportunities to lead objectives and receive direct feedback and guidance from the Guides.

We will be camping just above tree line in a comfy tent town set up, logging big days and exploring this hard to reach ski gem.

The Goods

Length: 3 Days

Elevations: 1300m - 2400m

Terrain: Open bowls, alpine faces and couloirs.

Season: Scheduled Dates in Spring 2018

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 4:1

Favorite Runs: Currie South Face and Habachi Ridge.

The Skiing

As you travel north of Whistler the mountains seem to creep up in size, both in length of runs but also the expanse of the terrain. This area is best described as the Whistler Backcountry on steroids.  Big glacier runs, fun peaks to climb and ski and massive smooth alpine runs to make your legs burn.

Skiing Difficulty
Fitness Level
Mountain Experience

The Terrain

  • North Facing Alpine and Long South Facing Corn
  • 5 Major Valleys
  • 80% Alpine Terrain, 20% Trees
  • Bad Weather Skiing  option near Camp Site
  • Runs of up to 5000ft/1500m
  • Cruiser Alpine Runs to Steep Faces

Meet Your Guides

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Ben Johns

Ben has worked as an ACMG Ski Guide for almost a decade guiding all over the world!   More on Ben >

Ross Berg - Mountain Guide

Ross Berg

Ross has spent over 15 years skiing in Whistler and spends more than 100 days a season guiding clients in the nearby mountains.  If you want to explore big alpine peaks and ski the best lines- he is a good one to bring along.   More on Ross >

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.
Gear List
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
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)

Scheduled Trip Dates

2018 Dates Coming Soon

Custom Dates & Duration

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.