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.
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
Favourite 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
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.
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 2020/21
Early Season$550 to $700
November 1 - December 20
Winter Season$650 to $900
December 21 - April 23
Spring Season$550 to $700
April 24 - May 31
- 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 the guide’s discretion.
- 16:00 – 17:00 - Return to Whistler Village for apres
- 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
- 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)
- Hut Fees
*Available for purchase at checkout.
• Backcountry skis + skins or Split board set up (board, skins, poles)
• 30-litre backpack (something large enough to fit extra clothing, skins (6in x 2 x 3), food, water and any personal items)
• Avalanche Transceiver, Shovel, Probe
•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
•Balaclava or other types of neck warmer
• Sun hat
• Small personal ski repair kit
• Personal first aid, medication
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!!!