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 into the highly coveted Tantalus Range - we can create the dream ski trip for you and your friends.  One days hits to local secrets, overnight hut trips further into the backcountry, and adventurous multi-day traverses; Altus Mountain Guides specializes in Custom Backcountry Ski Trips around Whistler, BC and Beyond.

Our team of experienced Ski Guides have gone through the training ringer and have logged dizzying amounts of time guiding and skiing not only in Whistler's Backcountry but 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.

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The Goods

Length: 1 Day or More

Elevations: 900m - 2600m

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

Season: November 1 to May 21

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1

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

Cost: Starting at $550 - $850 per day

What You Get

Your Backcountry Ski Goal.  And if you don't have one, we will help you create one.  We'll work with you to design the perfect trip plan, whether it's your first ever experience in the backcountry, or you're looking 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 Mountain Range and destinations all over the world, there is no shortage of ski lines everywhere for everyone.

  • 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.  Regardless of your ability and experience, we can design a trip that fits your needs.

  • 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 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

Incredible, once in a lifetime experience -  Our guide made us feel very safe the entire time, educating us about backcountry skiing along the way. We had an extra friend join one day and he perfectly adjusted our goals to make it enjoyable for all. He even gave us tips to improve our ski technique.  Needless to say, Altus made our vacation way better.

- Mark Z

Did the Spearhead Traverse, April 20-22, with Simon Thomson as guide, along with another skier and four snowboarders. The first two days were cloudy to the point of whiteout but the last was gloriously clear and sunny. The snow was deep and untracked throughout. Simon put in beautiful up-tracks and led us safely down some of the best ski runs I've ever traveled. Get out with Altus if you are looking for a worry-free experience.

- David H

 

Book a Custom Trip Winter 2018/19

Early Season$550 to $700

November 1 - December 20

Winter Season$650 to $850

December 21 - April 23

Spring Season$550 to $700

April 24 - May 31

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
  • All Technical Equipment (harness, crevasse rescue and group gear)
  • Adventure Concierge support while on trip
  • One Heck of a Good Time
Not Included
  • Backcountry Ski Rentals
  • Avalanche Rescue  Equipment
  • Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Ticket*
  • Food (Altus can arrange catering for all our trips at the request of our guests)
  • Transportation
  • Hut Fees 

*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

Please take a moment to read and understand our policies before booking. Booking, payment, cancelation and weather policies, as well as FAQ may be found here!

Add-Ons

Gear Rental

Contact Us

Whistler Backcountry Pass

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!!!

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