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Backcountry skiing at Red Mountain Resort near Rossland

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Backcountry Skiing

Whitewater Ski Resort backcountry (Dave Heath photo)

Whitewater Ski Resort backcountry (Dave Heath photo)

British Columbia has the most important elements for fantastic backcountry skiing: big snowfalls and huge mountains.

Expect diverse terrain filled with untouched powder, glades, glaciers and incredible scenery. Cozy backcountry lodges and alpine huts allow for multi-day ski touring, and backcountry ski guides can safely assess the snowpack.

What is Backcountry Skiing?

Backcountry skiing in British Columbia typically means “earning your turns” by trekking up slopes with climbing skins or by bootpacking. The reward? Skiing down through untracked snow, usually in remote areas.

Ski amongst glaciers and granite peaks in Rogers Pass, or discover untracked runs over vast ski terrain near Barkerville. Skin through deep snow in Strathcona Provincial Park or follow moose, caribou and deer tracks in Wells Grey Provincial Park. Explore the backcountry of Shames Mountain or cross 14 glaciers on the Spearhead Traverse.

Avalanche safety and route-finding skills are a must when heading into the backcountry. Learn backcountry skiing skills and safety through lodges, clubs or ski resorts such as Revelstoke, Whitewater and Red Mountain, or hire a backcountry ski guide.

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Canadian Adventure Company - Mica Creek

Main
Mica Creek, British Columbia
V0E 2L0
Toll-free
Phone250-835-4516

CAC's Mallard Mountain Lodge, with just 7 guests at a time, & access only by a 30 minute heli flight from Valemount, is one of the most private & remote lodges in the Canadian Rockies.

Ski & snowboard touring in winter. Hiking & llama hiking in summer.

We offer all-inclusive, 7 night packages (guide, accommodation, meals, & helicopter access), & customized packages.

You can book as one person, right up to a full "private" lodge.

We have over 20 years experience.

Located on the western slopes of the Rockies, we are just above treeline, in stunningly spectacular wilderness; untracked powder snow, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes, meadows, wildflowers & breathtaking vistas.

Opened in 2014, the lodge was honoured by Outside Magazine as the "Best New Lodge Runner Up" worldwide.

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Deep Lines Guiding Service - Nelson

Nelson
Nelson, British Columbia
V1L 5H5
Toll-free
Phone250-354-5376

Based in Nelson, we're on the doorstep to some of the best backcountry skiing & snowboarding on the planet. Our specialty is providing customized backcountry adventures to destinations that include Rogers Pass, Kootenay Pass, Whitewater ski area, Kicking Horse Resort & many of the backcountry lodges in the Selkirk & Monashee mountains. Options range from day tours & introductory backcountry trips to multi-day adventures and heli assisted touring.

Hire a Canadian certified mountain guide to help plan your next mountain adventure.

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Powder Guides - Garibaldi Highlands

Toll-free
Phone604-848-4052

Based in Whistler, amidst British Columbia's spectacular Coast Mountains, as our name suggests Powder Guides focuses on powder skiing. Whether it is the Whistler backcountry, multi-day ski touring, heli-skiing or an avalanche safety courses, Powder Guides will deliver an exceptional guided skiing experience. With Whistler ski guides specializing in avalanche skills training & backcountry skiing adventures, we know how & where to find the best powder snow stashes in the Coast Range. We also offer an array of backcountry ski tour & heli-ski trips throughout western Canada & around the world. Come join us for your next backcountry ski adventure.

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Purcell Mountain Lodge - Activity - Golden

Bald Mountain
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
Toll-free
Phone888-767-8989

Purcell Mountain Lodge sits amidst one of the largest alpine meadows in BC. It's surrounded by some of the finest alpine ski touring, glades and tree skiing imaginable!

Our spectacular luxury lodge offers guests three, four and seven day stays. Certified guides for novice to expert backcountry enthusiast. Diverse terrain, deep powder and breathtaking scenery. Join us for alpine/telemark ski touring, cross country, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Helicopter access in winter.

In summer, certified guides lead guests along mountain trails, navigating alpine ridges, slopes, summer snow fields and across meadows overflowing with alpine wildflowers. Artists welcome! Choose to hike in or helicopter access in summer months.

All inclusive helicopter transportation, fully catered meals, ACMG certified guide, sauna library and cozy wood indoor/outdoor fires for your relaxation.

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Selkirk Mountain Experience - Revelstoke

Toll-free
Phone250-837-2381

Selkirk Mountain Experience is one of the world's finest hiking, ski touring & mountaineering companies. Selkirk Mountain Experience offers a wide variety of programs to cater to alpine adventurers around the world. The superb skiing on the pristine glaciers & countless alpine peaks surrounding the Durrand Glacier, in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, are highly popular with skiers & snowboarders. In the summer, over 100 varieties of wildflowers, crystal clear mountain lakes, huge waterfalls & snow-capped peaks attract hikers & climbers. The chalet offers all the amenities for a comfortable stay for up to 18 people. Each day the chalet chef prepares delicious meals.

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Valkyr Adventures - Fauquier

Toll-free888-482-5597
Phone250-269-7237

Experience backcountry skiing at its finest! Valkyr Adventures offers you two backcountry ski touring lodges to choose from with access to 11,000 hectares of terrain in the Valkyr Range. Our staging area is near Burton, 37 km south of Nakusp on Hwy 6W. From there you'll fly in by helicopter for a week in ski-touring paradise. Choose the program that best fits your ability & agenda: guided, self-guided, catered or self-catered. Both Valkyr lodges feature quality accommodation including indoor plumbing, WiFi, fully outfitted private bedrooms, cosy wood fired comfort & separate sauna hut. Ski season is December-April. For added adventure choose our Hut2Hut trip. Experience pure mountain bliss in summer too! Ramble from flower fields to mountain peaks. Multi-day trips are available July-September.

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Bella Coola Heli Sports - Bella Coola

7001 Corbould Rd
Bella Coola, British Columbia
V0T 1C0
Toll-free877-982-2407
Phone604-932-3000

Inviting you to one of the best heliskiing experiences of your life. Heliskiing exclusively in small groups of 4 or 5 people out of an A-Star B2. Join us to experience the biggest contiguous tenure in the world: 10,700 square kilometres (2.64 million acres...bigger than the entire Swiss Alps) of towering rugged peaks, dramatic glaciers, gladed trees & wide open alpine bowls.

Ski on your Arrival Day & Departure Day! Don't waste days in transit when you could be skiing!

Nowhere in Canada can you stop for lunch with a swim at a hot spring during your heliski day. We have programs suitable for first-timers, or choose our Experts Only program for Alaska-style descents!

Proud member of The Magnificent 7 - Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada.

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Coast Range Heliskiing - Whistler

218-4293 Mountain Square
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Toll-free800-701-8744
Phone604-894-1144

Coast Range Heliskiing is one of Whistler's premier boutique heli-skiing & boarding operations. CRH operates exclusively in groups of 4-5 guests, which means more skiing & less waiting. With 80,937 ha (200,000 ac) of terrain, from wide open powder bowls to secluded tree skiing & an annual snowfall of 10+ metres, you can be sure to have an unforgettable powder experience. We welcome intermediate to expert skiers & riders & ensure you ski with others of similar ability. Book your Coast Range Heliskiing adventure today & find out why we're Whistler's boutique heliskiing outfitter of choice!

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Great Canadian Heli-Skiing - Golden

55 KM West Hwy 1
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
Toll-free866-424-4354
Phone250-344-2326

Interior BC powder, small groups & unlimited vertical is the best in heli-skiing. As one of the leaders in boutique heli-skiing, Great Canadian Heli-Skiing has it all.

We are conveniently located at the heart of BC's Powder belt, halfway between Golden & Revelstoke. One of the most accessible heli skiing operators in BC. Based at our Heather Mountain Lodge, only 55 km from Golden & only 3.5 hrs drive from Calgary, AB.

Our guests enjoy high-mountain cuisine, deep sleeping duvets, an on-site helipad & friendly, unforgettable service.

Join us for a 2-7 day heli-skiing holiday. Exciting combination packages include catskiing at Chatter Creek & resort skiing at Kicking Horse Mountain.

Dream less & live more with us at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing.

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Island Lake Catskiing - Fernie

602 A 2nd Ave
Fernie, British Columbia
V0B 1M0
Toll-free888-422-8754
Phone250-423-3700

For over 25 years, Island Lake Catskiing has consistently provided guests with a unique backcountry experience. The magnificent peaks of the Lizard Range in the BC Rocky Mountains tower over 2,800 hectares (7,000 acres) of privately owned bowls, valleys & gladed meadows. The deep, dry powder of Island Lake Catskiing has become legendary. The superb skiing is complimented with luxurious lodges, exquisite dining & a full-service spa. It's time you experienced the legend.

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