Backcountry skiing has become a wildly popular activity here in BC. The freedom to explore untracked powder and experience unique places is something all avid skiers and snowboarders seek. Plus, a weekend free of lift lines doesn’t hurt! Sound Interesting? Keep reading for the best backcountry ski lodges and Heli-tours in Whistler (our list).
If you are looking for a unique backcountry experience, look no further. We put together a list of our favorite backcountry ski lodges and Heli-ski tours- perfect for the adventure seeker.
Keep reading for the full list of the best backcountry lodges and Heli-ski tours in Whistler.
Phantom Heli-Skiing is one of our favourites for exclusive backcountry experiences. Based out of Squamish, some of the best untracked terrain can be found here. In addition, Phantom Heli-Skiing works in partnership with Black Tusk Helicopter Inc to offer private or semi-private Heli-tours and lodging all winter long.
A full-service backcountry chalet in the heart of Callaghan’s Wilderness, Journeyman Lodge is a locals favourite. All lodging packages include meals and luggage transfers, so all you need to worry about is exploring the untracked powder around you.
Located only a short drive from Pemberton is Whitecap Alpine. Whitecap Alpine delivers exceptional Heli-tours, backcountry guided tours, avalanche skills courses, and an all-inclusive backcountry lodge. They truly have it all!
Whistler Heli-Skiing is based in the heart of Whistler, BC. Working in partnership with Blackcomb Helicopters, Whistler Heli-Skiing offers over 430,000 acres of incredible terrain-that’s over 50 times the size of Whistler Blackcomb. Additionally, Whistler Heli-Skiing is 100% carbon neutral. What’s not to love?
Powder Mountain specializes in day trip packages in Whistler. The fully certified heli-skiing and cat-skiing guides will take you into the backcountry to experience unbelievable powder skiing and riding in the un-tracked terrain.
A Whistler local’s favourite, Blackcomb Helicopters is the leading helicopter touring company in the Pacific Northwest. A Heli assisted touring day starts in Whistler or Pemberton and takes off for a scenic flight in the mountains before you land. Then, you’ll strap on your skis and begin your backcountry touring adventure through fresh, untracked powder.
Mountain Skills Academy
Mountain Skills Academy will take you into the Tantalus Range in the Sea to Sky area. Escape the crowds with your friends in a Heli-assisted drop, where you will then get to explore the untouched powder. Then, you’ll continue touring the Tantalus Range for the day with your experienced guide.
And there you have it, the best backcountry ski lodges and heli-tours around Whistler- our list.
The most important thing to remember if you are planning a backcountry ski adventure is to be prepared, regardless of your experience and skill. Whether you’re touring, boot packing, heli-skiing or getting on snowcat, it is crucial to be properly equipped and educated before heading out. Above all, it is important to Learn more about how to prepare yourself for backcountry skiing and snowboarding adventures.
However, if backcountry adventuring is not your thing, there is nothing wrong with that! You can enjoy the marked terrain and groomed runs of Whistler Blackcomb resort. Check out our blog ‘The Best Beginner Ski Runs of Whistler Blackcomb’.
Or, you can try Nordic adventures such as cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Whistler Olympic Park or Lost Lake Trails. If you’re a beginner, check out our blog ‘The Best Beginner Ski Runs of Whistler Blackcomb’.
Finding a Home Base in Whistler
After your backcountry adventures, you will deserve some serious après and R&R. After all, you did earn your turns!
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