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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Nelson, British Columbia
Based in Nelson, British Columbia, we're on the doorstep 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 Selkirks & Monashees. Options range from day tours & introductory backcountry trips to multi-day adventures & heli assisted touring. Hire an ACMG certified guide to help plan your next mountain adventure.
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, multiday 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.
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.
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Experience a complete mix of Monashee trees, glades, alpine bowls & steep chutes, your own backcountry resort 3 times the area of Whistler Blackcomb. Located south of Revelstoke & east of Silver Star in the Southern Monashees, Sol Mountain Touring offers mountain living in style from our fully serviced lodge at 1,907 m (6,300 ft). Easy access to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking & fishing alpine lakes in the summer. Ski in small groups of 4-6; choose from 3, 4, or 7 night trips. ACMG Guides.
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, cozy wood fired comfort & separate sauna hut. Ski season is Dec-Apr. For added adventure choose our Apr Hut2Hut trip. Experience pure mountain bliss in summer too! Ramble from flower fields to mountain peaks. Multi-day trips are available Jul-Sep.
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7001 Corbould Rd
Bella Coola, British Columbia
Inviting you to one of the best heliskiing experiences of your life. Guests love heliskiing exclusively in small groups of 4 or 5 people out of an A-Star B2. Join us to experience one of the biggest tenures in the world: 2.64 million acres (bigger than the entire Swiss Alps) of towering rugged peaks, dramatic glaciers, gladed trees & wide open alpine bowls.
Nowhere in Canada can you stop for lunch with a swim at a hot spring during your heliski day. Heliski on your arrival & departure days. Chose an Experts Only program or one for first-timers!
Coast Range Heliskiing is Whistler's premier boutique heliskiing & boarding operation. CRH operates exclusively in groups of 4-5, which means more skiing & less waiting. With 80,937 ha (200,000 ac) of diverse terrain, from wide open powder bowls to secluded tree skiing & an annual snowfall of 10+ meters, 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 outfit of choice!
9114 Prospect Rd
Crescent Spur, British Columbia
5 and 6 day heli-ski packages in the world famous Rocky & Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia. Maximum 20 guests per week, skiing in two groups of 10 - each group accompanied by 2 guides for a ratio of 5 guests per guide. Over 2400 square metres (1500 square miles) of terrain in two mountain ranges - glaciers, open bowls, magnificent gladed forests. 2x2x2 - Only two groups out of the helicopter, 2 guides per group, 2 mountain ranges!
Accommodation in luxurious private lodge. Amenities include full service bar, massage therapist, games & workout room, wireless internet, fireplaces, library. Complimentary shuttle from Prince George Airport.
55 KM West Hwy 1
Golden, British Columbia
Interior BC Powder, Small Groups and Unlimited Vertical is the best in heli-skiing. As the leader in boutique heli-skiing, Great Canadian Heli-Skiing has it all.
We are conveniently located at the heart of BC's Powder belt, half-way between Golden and Revelstoke. One of the most accessible heli skiing operators in BC. Based at our Heather Mountain Lodge, only 55 km from Golden, BC & only 3.5 hrs drive from Calgary, Alberta.
Our guests enjoy high-mountain cuisine, deep sleeping duvets, an on-site helipad & friendly, unforgettable service.
Join us for a 2, 3, 4, 5,6 or 7-day heliskiing holiday. Exciting combination packages available that include catskiing at Chatter Creek and resort skiing at Kicking Horse Mountain.
Dream less & live more with us at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing.
5655 Hwy 23 33 Km North Of Nakusp
Nakusp, British Columbia
For more than a century, people have been drawn to the natural healing waters of Halcyon Hot Springs. Located on the shores of the Arrow Lake between Revelstoke & Nakusp, Halcyon Hot Springs Village & Spa is a wonderful escape from the hustle & bustle of city life.
The famous Halcyon Hot Springs Lithia Waters have a unique combination of minerals that are very relaxing & beneficial for a variety of ailments. The cascading pools are constantly supplied with fresh hot springs water. Swirl away tensions in our natural mineral spring pools while gazing over serene Arrow Lake & the Monashee Mountain range.
Enjoy the amenities of Halcyon Village & Spa, pools, great food at the restaurant, comfortable accommodation, RV parking & lake shore.