Sea to Sky Backcountry Tours

Short Drive for Big Peaks

Simple: Choose a date; join a group!

Stretching from Vancouver up to the Duffey Lake area, is a roadside ski touring mecca.

From big alpine lines on Matier West Face and Slalok North to chutes and glades down to the ocean side glades in Squamish - this section of road leads to a truly worthy ski touring stop for intermediate to experienced riders.

Join one of our Sea to Sky backcountry tours. We offer group trips two times per week-long throughout the season. As well as private trips any time of the season for those keen to make their own group.

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 Thursday and Sunday, all season long.
  • Tell us about your abilities and ski touring experience - We will do our best to team you up with a similar skiers group.
  • Get the gear - In addition to the usual kit, you will need ski touring and avalanche safety gear (ask us about rentals)
  • Meet us at 8:00 am sharp ad the designated meeting area! (or if its a private... you call the terms)
The Goods

Length: 1 Day

Elevations: 1300m - 2700m

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

Season: November 20 to April 1

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1

Favorite Runs: Heart Strings, Slalok North Face, Taylor Bowl

Cost: Starting at $225 per person

What You Get

Access to the best of the Sea to Sky backcountry. Turn up the volume this winter with exploring this epic backcountry area. 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. 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

 

Sea to Sky Backcountry Skiing

The From Vancouver to the Duffy lake area the Backcountry provides a lifetime of ski touring possibilities with unbeatable access.  We are able to access all types of skiing: glades, pillows, glaciers and couloirs.

Our Backcountry day: 8:00am start - 2 to 3 backcountry runs - 1300m to 2500m of ascent (on skins) - 1300m to 2500m of descent

 

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$225 per person

November 23 - December 20

Winter Season$275 per person

December 21 - April 1

Private Tour$650 - 850 per group

More Details

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

  • 7:30 am - Meet in Whistler, check gear, review conditions, depart for Pembi/Duffey Lake Road
  • 9:00 am - Arrive at Duffey Lake Road parking area
  • 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
  • Transport from Whistler to Ski area
Not Included
  • Backcountry Ski Rentals
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment
  • Food (Altus can arrange catering for all our trips at the request of our guests)
Gear List

Hardware

• 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 

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

• Baselayers

Miscellaneous

• Sunglasses

• Goggles

• Sunscreen

• 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, cancellation and weather policies, as well as FAQ, may be found here!

Add-Ons

Pre-Trip Consultation

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!!!