Whistler Backcountry Tours

Come one, Come all. Powder is calling!

Simple; choose a date, join a group!

Explore the expansive Whistler backcountry with a group of fellow skiers and one of our ACMG guides leading the charge.

A lifetime of peaks, valleys, chutes, and glades waiting to lay some tracks down. The quaint ski resort of Whistler isn't just for pumping the lifts all day, the ski touring opportunities are exquisite and some of the most convenient in North America.

Join one of our Whistler backcountry tours, we offer group trips during the weekdays all season and private trips any time of the season.

Our group tours are a maximum of 6:1 ratio (skier to guide) and require a minimum of 3 for the group to run.

How it works:

  • Choose a date. We offer trips Monday - Friday all season long.
  • Tell us about your abilities, and ski touring experience - We will do our best to team you up with a similar group of skiers.
  • Get the gear - You need in addition to the usual kit, ski touring gear, and avalanche safety gear. (Rentals available)
  • Meet us 8:00 am sharp! (of its a private... you call the terms)
The Goods

Length: 1 Day

Elevations: 900m - 2600m

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

Season: November 24 to April 15

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1

Favorite Runs: Spearhead Glacier, Chuting Gallery, Musical Bumps

Cost: Starting at $175 per person

What You Get

Access to the best of the Whistler backcountry. Turn up the volume on your Whistler trip with a Whistler backcountry tour. By joining a group trip you get access to a tour at your specific schedule at a discount price of a private tour.

  • Flexible dates
  • ACMG/ IFMGA Certified Guides
  • Intimate Local Knowledge
  • Expert Skiers
  • Passion for Showing Our Guests the Best Skiing

Is This For You

Our open group backcountry tours are for skiers who have previous touring experience, understand the gear and are ready to jump into a full day of ski touring. Next is the ski ability to enjoy the terrain we can access. That means comfort in powder snow and experience in technical sections. If you are comfortable enjoying a powder day at the resort and can get your way down a black/double black diamond run you are good to go!

  • Intermediate to Expert Downhill Ski Ability
  • Any Range of Fitness
  • 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

 

Altus Mountain Guides made our ski trip to BC. We skied 4 days with Ross Berg who tailored each day to help us find the best skiing and snow each day. Tons of knowledge and a great person to explore the backcountry with. I highly recommend them.

- Brian Z

 

Great experience booking a private guide through Altus. they were super helpful and easy to work with throughout the entire process and our guide Kinley was phenomenal - she's actually a trainer for the ACMG and knows a ton.

- Ruben K

Join a group trip

Early Season$175 per person

November 1 - December 20

Winter Season$205 per person

December 21 - April 23

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-Tour Consulting
  • 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 (we can supply rentals if necessary)
  • Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Ticket*
  • Food (Altus can arrange catering for all our trips at the request of our guests)
  • Transportation

*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

Making a booking

Greater than 30 days from the start date

  • 20% deposit is required to secure your tour. Remaining tour cost is due 30 days

Less than 30 days from start date

  • Tour cost must be paid in full

*Subject to change based on particular trip

Forms of payment

Credit card: Visa, Mastercard

Email transfer: info@altusmountainguides.com

Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement

Cancellations

The following cancellation policy is specific to our Whistler backcountry tours specifically

Greater than 48 hours from start date

  • Payment will be refunded in full

Less than 48 hours of commencement

  • Payment amount will be forfeited

Cancellations by Altus Mountain Guides

Upon confirming your booking we guarantee the trip departure. If we cancel a trip for any reason prior to the start date a full refund will be provided. If we are forced to cancel a trip for any reason after the trip start date, a full refund for the unused portion of the trip will be provided.

Trip cancellation insurance

Upon confirmation of your trip Altus Mountain Guides enters into financial obligation and cannot refund payment or release you from your contractual obligation except for condition stated below in “Cancellations” Therefore in an effort to avoid unnecessary cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance is strongly recommended in the event you cannot participate or if your trip is interrupted “for any reason”. This is available from most travel companies. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy or obtaining insurance.

Cancellation insurance

  • Tugo

Medical/Evacuation Insurance

All participants must have personal internationally accepted medical insurance for all activities pertaining to your trip that also includes emergency rescue and evacuation. With your insurance please ensure you will be covered for “roped travel” if booking a technical trip.

*The required insurance depends on location

Canada

  • Insurance is free in the entire country

 

Add-Ons

Whistler Accomodation

Contact Us

Avalanche Air Bag

$5o / Day

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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