Mt Currie - Wedge Ski Traverse
Pemberton to Whistler - The Fun Way
This brilliant adventure starts with a short helicopter trip to the summit of Mount Currie and finishes on the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain. Located just north of Whistler, it remains a mystery why this area sees such little traffic as the ski quality, terrain and setting along with the Currie- Wedge Traverse are quite possibly the best in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Skiers will begin the traverse by venturing down Mount Currie's south side to the rarely travelled Mystery Glacier and the expansive ice fields north of Mount Wedge. And while a descent of Wedge is every skier's dream run, this traverse offers a lifetime of additional skiing possibilities with superb variety. Despite a modest 27 km distance, we love taking three days to squeeze every ounce of skiable terrain out of this magnificent backcountry paradise.
We highly recommend this traverse for advanced skiers.
Length: 3 Days
Elevations: 1300m - 2600m
Terrain: Open bowls, glades, pillows, alpine faces and couloirs. A good mix of elevations and aspects.
Season: Scheduled Dates in Spring 2019 & 2020, or Custom Trips on Demand
Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1
Highlights: Helicopter flight to start the day, traversing the Weart Glacier and summiting Wedge via the NE Ridge.
Is This for You
This is a great traverse for skiers with lots of touring experience seeking a multi-day trip away from the crowds. Despite being so convenient to access from Whistler, the Currie- Wedge Traverse area is remote, big and wild.
Participants should be intermediate or advanced skiers and snowboarders. Good fitness is required as you can expect to travel uphill on skis 2000 – 7000ft each day for 3 days.
We meet at your hotel at 7 am, check gear and head straight to the Pemberton Airport. Following our transceiver search training and helicopter safety debrief, an 8:30 am helicopter departure will take us to the summit of Mount Currie high above the Pemberton Valley. We will camp on the Weart Glacier Plateau and bag the summit of Mount Wedge via the aesthetic north ridge for the hailed ski descent down its classic south face. Various routes and ski descents are possible on the Mount Currie-Blackcomb Traverse, and these will be decided based on the snow & weather conditions and group fitness & skill level. You can expect to travel for 8 hours each day and set up camp at our desired location around 4 pm. We arrive at Whistler Village around 4 pm on our last day.
Highlights: Skiing off Mount Currie south face.
Distance: 7.5 km
Vertical gain: 850 m
Descent: 1070 m
Highlights: Skiing around the Owls
Distance: 4.5 km
Vertical gain: 370 m
Descent: 6500 m
Highlights: The long descent to billygoat pass
Distance: 15.6 km
Vertical gain: 1500 m
Descent: 1820 m
Scheduled Trip Dates
March 26 - 28, 2021$1320 /person
April 16 - 18, 2021$1320 /person
Custom Date & Duration
- 3 Days guided skiing with ACMG Guide
- All Technical Equipment (harness, crevasse rescue and group gear)
- Group Camp Equipment (stove, pots, fuel)
- Helicopter Flight
- Altus Concierge Support
- Backcountry Ski Rentals
- Avalanche Safety Equipment
- Personal Camp Gear (sleeping bag, mat, tent)
- Meals (Altus can arrange catering for our trips at the request of our guests)
- Transportation to/from airport
(Let us know if you need guidance with rentals!)
• Ski touring skis, Skins, poles
• 50+ litre backpack (something large enough to fit personal gear, group gear, and food)
• Avalanche beacon, probe, shovel
• Ice axe
• Crevasse kit (2 prussic, 2 locking biners, 2 non-locking biners) We can provide if necessary
• Ski crampons
•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 another type of neck warmer
• Base Layers
We personally recommend bringing a larger than a normal insulated jacket or an additional light jacket or vest to supplement your normal layering system. Down pants are also a fantastic treat on overnight trips.
• Sun hat
• Small personal ski repair kit (Phillips driver for snowboard bindings)
• Personal first aid, medication
• Down booties for around camp
• Change of warm socks
• 4 season tent
• Winter sleeping bag (-15 to -30c)
• Sleeping pad, the inflatable is recommended
• Bowl, cutlery, thermos/water bottle
• Personal toiletries
• Anything else to keep you comfortable and happy 🙂
- 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)
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!!!