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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Mica Creek, British Columbia
With 20+ years experience, we are located on the western slopes of the Rockies, just above the treeline, in stunningly spectacular untouched wilderness. Experience snow, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes, meadows, wildflowers & breathtaking vistas. Access available only via a spectacular 25 minute helicopter ride from Valemount.
In January 2014, we launched the Mallard Mountain Lodge which was honoured by Outside Magazine as the "Best New Lodge Runner Up" worldwide.
We offer, 3, 4 & 7 night, all-inclusive packages; winter - ski/snowboard touring; summer - hiking/llama hiking. Customized packages also available.
Our small guest capacity (7 in the winter & 8 in the summer) allows bookings of any number, from singles to a full lodge.
Future plans include optional snowmobile assistance, snowcat skiing/boarding & additional lodges (including "hut-to-hut").
Nelson, British Columbia
Based in Nelson, British Columbia, 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 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.
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: 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.
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!
Proud member of The Magnificent 7 - Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada.
218-4293 Mountain Square
Whistler, British Columbia
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!
55 KM West Hwy 1
Golden, British Columbia
Interior BC powder, small groups & 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, 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, 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 heli-skiing holiday. Exciting combination packages available that include catskiing at Chatter Creek & resort skiing at Kicking Horse Mountain.
Dream less & live more with us at Great Canadian Heli-Skiing.
5655 Hwy 23
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.
602 A 2nd Ave
Fernie, British Columbia
For over 25 years, Island Lake Catskiing has consistently provided guests with some of the best backcountry experiences anywhere. The magnificent peaks of the Lizard Range in the BC Rocky Mountains tower over 7,000 acres of privately owned bowls, valleys & gladed meadows, perfect for skiing/boarding. The deep, dry powder of Island Lake Catskiing has become legendary. The amazing skiing is complimented with luxurious wilderness lodges, exquisite dining & a full-service spa. It's time you experienced the legend.