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 region's 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 and private trips any time throughout 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 - In addition to the usual kit, you will need ski touring gear and avalanche safety gear (ask us about rentals)
  • Meet us 8:00 am sharp! (or if 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 $205 per person

What You Get

Turn up the volume on your Whistler trip with a Whistler Backcountry tour. By joining a group trip, you gain affordable access to the best of the Whistler backcountry on your own schedule.

  • 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. You should have the ski ability to enjoy the terrain we can access; you should be comfortable in powder snow and have some 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, then 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$205 per person

November 1 - December 20

Winter Season$255 per person

December 21 - April 23

Private Tour$650 - 850 per group

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

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

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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