Spearhead Traverse - Whistler

The Proper Way to Ski Whistler Blackcomb

The Spearhead is a stunning, high-level, U-shaped ski traverse linking Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains via a series of glaciers, summits and mountain passes.  The traverse has been described as a classic Canadian Ski Mountaineering objective and has often been compared, in quality, to the world-famous Haute Route.

All superlatives aside, here is what you really need to know about the Spearhead Traverse: 35 km, 13 wild glaciers, 11 mountain passes, countless jaw-dropping views, and endlessly deep, pristine snow, almost all in the alpine territory.  For our visitors, this is by far the best way to ski tour the Whistler Backcountry, and for the locals, well, you can't really call yourself a Coast Mountain Skier until you have done the Spearhead Traverse.

Let our Ski Guides manage the navigation, avalanche hazard assessment and crevasses.  All you need to do is hike up to glorious mountain passes, ski some epic powder runs and appreciate some seriously magnificent views.

The Goods

Length: 3 Days

Elevations: 1300m - 2600m

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

Season: Late winter - spring

Max. Guide to Guest Ratio: 6:1

Favourite Runs: Macbeth Glacier and Overlord Glacier

Is This For You?

The Spearhead Traverse is geared towards anyone who has logged a variety of days ski touring, has a strong ski ability level and is now looking to experience the mountains on a unique and challenging trip. The Spearhead Traverse is not only a physical challenge but also a mental challenge as this trip is 3 fully self-supported days in the backcountry. So if you are an intermediate to an advanced skier (ability to link turns on black diamond terrain) and have good fitness, this is the trip for you.

The Route

First completed in 1964 as a 9-day expedition from the valley (before the first ski lifts), it has since been done in little over three hours (that's right, three hours!). Most people, however, will take 2-4 days to enjoy this fantastic adventure.

35 km, 13 wild glaciers, 11 mountain passes


Spearhead traverse map

Scheduled Trip Dates 2021/2022

All prices are CAD and subject to 5% sales tax

March 18 - 20$675 /person

March 26 - 28$675 /person

April 2 - 4$675 /person

April 8 - 10$675 /person

April 15 - 17$675 /person

Women's Spearhead Traverse

March 26 - 28$675 /person

April 8 - 10$675 /person

Custom Date & Duration


W/B Backcountry Pass
Warm Up Session

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!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.