This Whistler intro to ski touring week in British Columbia, Canada is for resort powder skiers looking to get into skinning in a fun and supportive environment.
Over 9 days of this Whistler intro to ski touring holiday in British Columbia, Canada you will go from backcountry beginner to seasoned ski tourer under the guidance of professional ACMG ski guides and in the company of your fellow crew of 8 – who will all be in the same boat.
Starting off in Whistler, you’ll have a warm-up day in resort with your guide to get your ski legs going, before two introductory ski touring days in Whistler’s backcountry. Take a ski day at leisure, or choose to spend the day getting pampered, before heading into the remote backcountry for the ultimate Canadian experience.
You’ll fly out to McGillivray Pass Lodge by helicopter, over sparkling lakes and thick forests, before landing in the peaceful valley surrounded by nothing but snow. Spend three days touring backcountry bowls, skiing fresh lines and tucking into incredible food – and and for those looking to unwind there’s a wood-burning sauna waiting for you at the end of the day.
Next trip is 4 April – 12 April 2022: 8 spaces available
DAYS 1-4 of Whistler intro to ski touring holiday in British Columbia, Canada
After soaking up the mind-blowing scenery of the aptly named Sea-to-Sky Highway, you’ll check into Nita Lake Lodge for 5 nights. Offering post-ski massages from their award-winning spa, striking mountain and lake views, rooftop hot tubs, lakeside plunge pools and chilled après, you’ll be forgiven for forgetting you’re actually here to ski. Time to kick off the week and meet your fellow touring crew over welcome drinks and dinner.
On your first full day, your guide will meet you after breakfast and introduce you to the secret powder stashes of Whistler Blackcomb’s resort and spend the day easing your ski legs back into the swing of things. Back to the hotel with the crew to showcase the best photos and cheers to a warm-up day well spent.
You’ll spend the next day learning the ins and outs of backcountry ski touring; avalanche safety, how to put on skins and ascend the mountain safely and efficiently. Most importantly, you’ll be doing this whilst skiing some of the best terrain in the world under the experienced eyes of your local ACMG ski guide. We guarantee this will be the most fun you’ve ever had on an educational day – how many work seminars have you been to that take place on the side of a mountain and end with skiing untouched powder?
The following day will be a guided day in the backcountry, accessed either from the side of Whistler Blackcomb resort or driving to a different local area – depending on where has the best conditions – where you’ll put your new skills into action.
We’ll debrief at the end of each day by the fire with a drink in hand and take the all-important vote on ‘jerry of the day’.
DAYS 5-6 of Whistler intro to ski touring holiday in British Columbia, Canada
Take a day at leisure – choose to explore Whistler Blackcomb a little further on skis, or perhaps you’d prefer to unwind with a massage and spend the afternoon by the heated pool looking out over Nita Lake. We’ll re-group at the end of the day to discuss the logistics for the following day, but this day is yours to enjoy as you please.
With an early alarm set, you can leave any excess luggage in secure storage with the concierge, before we make our way up to Pemberton, a small and vibrant mountain community north of Whistler. Here you will take a private helicopter to the lodge – this will feel more like a spectacular sightseeing tour than a transfer – but on this trip there is no option but to arrive in style. Freshly made snacks and gourmet sandwiches will be ready on arrival, and your host will show you around and let you get familiar with your new backcountry lodge.
After an avalanche rescue refresher, it’s time to strap on your skis for an afternoon of ski touring – there’s no hanging around here. Spend the afternoon skiing laps of your new “backyard” before tucking into home-made appetizers and pouring yourself a beer from the honesty bar back at the lodge. Chill out in the cozy living area by the fire, head to the sauna to loosen up your muscles or sit outside on one of the deckchairs watching the sun go down. Soon it will be time for round 2 – an incredible home-cooked meal followed by dessert to make sure you’re fully refuelled for the day ahead. Time to hit the hay in your basic-but-cozy backcountry sleeping quarters.
DAYS 7-9 of Whistler intro to ski touring holiday in British Columbia, Canada
After waking up in the tranquil paradise of BC’s backcountry the smell of breakfast, freshly prepared by your in-house chef, lures you into the main lodge. Your guide takes you through the plan for the day and does a last-minute gear check. Time for a quick stretch to limber up before heading out into the magnificent peaks surrounding your new home. These next 2 days will likely be the highlight of your trip (or perhaps your entire ski experience to date) – you will explore some of the best and most beautiful backcountry terrain BC has to offer, and ski and tour nothing but untracked powder all day, under the safe and watchful eye of your professional ACMG guide.
We’ll organise a wine tasting evening to showcase some of British Columbia’s incredible wines (one of BC’s many well-kept secrets) and local brews will be available on tap from the honesty bar. The wood-burning sauna is the icing on the cake at this lodge and goes rather nicely with a roll around in the abundant fresh powder outside.
The food at the lodge is a real highlight – we guarantee you’ll be wanting to recreate some of these recipes at home and will hotly anticipate seeing what new creations have been thrown up on the chalkboard menu of the day. With a private chef, the lodge can of course cater to any dietary requirements you may have. Time to sit back and enjoy your final meal of the week over wine and local craft beers, sharing highlights of the week with your crew.
On the final morning you’ll hear the chopper bearing into the lodge to fly you out over the spectacular mountains below and back to Whistler to collect the rest of your luggage. It’s time to head back home, but you’ll be taking some of the best memories in your ski career with you, and a new-found love for the backcountry.