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Backcountry skiing at Red Mountain Resort near Rossland

(Dave Heath photo)

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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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Mistaya Lodge & Alpine Tours - Golden

Helicopter Access Only
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
Websitehttp://www.MistayaLodge.com
Toll-free866-647-8292
Phone250-344-6689

Located in the Canadian Rockies between Banff & Yoho National Parks, Mistaya is an eco-friendly wilderness adventure destination. The secluded, cosy lodge is surrounded by a panorama of pristine peaks, glaciers & alpine meadows. Come relax in the beauty & peace; it's an artist & photographer's paradise. Or participate in activities such as hiking, skiing, snowshoeing & mountaineering at all levels. Certified guides will lead you on informative hikes while the cook prepares a wonderful meal. Helicopter access only.

Families are encouraged to come, learn & explore. Our WildCat Cabin is perfect for your next family getaway. Holds up to 6 guests & with optional catering or guiding.

Come & make memories of a lifetime with us.

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Northern Escape Heli-Skiing - Terrace

13594 Hwy 16 W
Terrace, British Columbia
V8G 4A6
Websitehttp://www.neheliski.com
Toll-free866-619-3184
Phone250-615-3184

Northern Escape Heli-Skiing is a small group heli-skiing operation offering the ultimate in mobility and access to vast skiing areas. Our tenure, over 7,000 sq km (1.8 million ac), is one of the largest heli-skiing areas in the world. It offers a multitude of heli-skiing / heli-boarding options from huge open bowls and glaciers, to the steep and sheltered trees. Our location in remote northwest, BC offers the deepest and most reliable heli skiing on the planet. With cat-skiing back-up, we enjoy it every day!

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Red Mountain Resort - Red Mountain Resort

4300 Red Mountain Rd
Red Mountain Resort, British Columbia
V0G 1Y0
Websitehttp://www.redresort.com
Toll-free800-663-0105
Phone250-362-7384

RED Mountain is the last great, unspoiled resort. Located in Rossland, BC, along the famous Powder Highway, RED delivers 1,680 hectares (4,200 acres) of pristine skiing unfettered by overdevelopment. For 2013-14, we've added nearly 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of mostly-intermediate terrain on Grey Mountain, an entirely new peak.

With 300"/7.6 m of annual snowfall, wide-open groomed runs, epic vertical, cat-skiing, 360 degree descents off select peaks, a rich tradition, & the best tree runs in BC, it's no wonder The NY Times voted us their #8 "Best Place in the World to Visit in 2013." RED's other recent accolades include #1 in Powder Magazine's "Ski Town Throwdown" (2012), & "Most Underrated Resort" by Skiing Magazine (2012). Come & enjoy fresh turns that you don't have to fight for.

Annual Snowfall SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
762 cm 110 Easy37%Easy47%Easy16%
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Selkirk Tangiers Heli-Skiing - Revelstoke

2100 Oak Dr
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Websitehttp://www.Selkirk-Tangiers.com
Toll-free800-663-7080
Phone250-837-5378

Selkirk Tangiers Heli-Skiing is the ultimate winter destination. For over three decades, our exclusive 200,000 hectares (half-a-million acres) of terrain in the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains has lured skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Our tenure borders both Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks and receives an average of 12-18 metres (40-60 feet) of snowfall per year.

Selkirk Tangiers offers a wide range of heli skiing packages. From all-inclusive to heli-only packages, guests can choose trips from one to seven days in length.

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TLH Heliskiing - Gold Bridge

Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa
Gold Bridge, British Columbia
V0K 1P0
Websitehttp://www.tlhheliskiing.com
Toll-free800-667-4854
Phone604-894-3322

Unlimited vertical. Single group heliskiing.

What does this mean to you? Freedom & flexibility. There's virtually no waiting for the helicopter or for other groups to catch up behind you. There is no additional cost, no matter how much you ski. You get the most skiing, & the best ski experience.

With nearly four hundred thousand hectares (one million acres) of terrain, over 375 mapped runs, & an average annual snowfall of 5 to 25 metres, every day offers a new adventure & powder to explore.

At day's end, we'll welcome you home to the renowned Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa, our log & beam oasis. The resort features fine dining, a fire-side lounge, fully equipped spa, games room & refined accommodations, all designed with your ultimate comfort in mind.

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Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau - Whistler

207B - 4368 Main St
Whistler, British Columbia
V0N 1B4
Websitehttp://www.whistlerguides.com
Toll-free855-938-9242
Phone604-938-9242

Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau offers amazing outdoor adventures in the breathtaking mountains of the Whistler & Squamish area. Operating year-round, we provide guiding & instruction in backcountry ski & snowboard tours, ice climbing, rock climbing, mountaineering via ferrata, glacier walks, hiking tours & multi-day group programming.

We strive to educate our clients with the knowledge & skills necessary to play in a mountain environment, while at the same time providing unforgettable experiences. We have tours & courses for all levels & abilities & can accommodate groups & individuals within our programs. Please call or visit our website for more information.

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Whistler Olympic Park - Whistler

Websitehttp://www.whistlerolympicpark.com
Toll-free
Phone604-964-0060

The Whistler Olympic Park offers a variety of seasonal recreational activities such as cross country skiing, biathlon, snowshoeing, tobogganing, horseback riding, trail biking & interpretive tours.

A venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Park is the first Olympic Nordic venue to include all three traditional Nordic sport stadiums in one site: cross-country, ski jumping & biathlon.

The Park is located 16 kilometres southwest of Whistler in the Callaghan Valley.

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White Grizzly Cat Skiing - Meadow Creek

110 Duncan Dam Haul Rd
Meadow Creek, British Columbia
V0G 1N0
Websitehttp://www.whitegrizzly.com
Toll-free800-843-5557
Phone250-366-4306

Passionate about steep deep powder, White Grizzly offers safe & consistently challenging backcountry adventures in pristine wilderness & majestic landscape of the Selkirks. Since 1998, Carole, Brad & the White Grizzly team offer caring, personal service, a warm family atmosphere, & unparalleled powder vacations.

Our boutique cat skiing operation is located in BC's premier snow corridor, our specialized service caters exclusively to small groups. Guests are experienced powder enthusiasts with the skills to appreciate our treed terrain.

If you're ready to discover the next level of snowcat powder skiing or snowboarding, let us show you what cat skiing can be, it doesn't get better than this!

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Whitegold Adventures - Wells

Barkerville Hwy
Wells, British Columbia
V0K 2R0
Websitehttp://www.whitegold.ca/WellsAdventures.html
Toll-free866-994-2345
Phone250-994-2345

The Cariboo Mountains offer spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife & a fascinating gold rush history. Whitegold Adventures combines it all, from multi-day wilderness cross-country ski tours, high alpine hikes, gourmet wilderness canoe adventures on the Bowron Lake chain & gold mine tours. Wells is the gateway to this rich, wild country. Our base, The Bear's Paw Café is more than a café, it's an experience. Our affiliate the Frog On The Bog Gifts is one of the most talked about stores in the Cariboo. From Gold Nuggets, books, art, pottery, clothing, local artists, souvenirs of your visit, ice cream & great coffee. Mountain Thyme Getaway is our accommodation of choice. 1940's styling for the romantic or a reunion.

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