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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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Kingfisher Heliskiing - Cherryville

Hwy 6
Cherryville, British Columbia
V1T 6N4
Toll-free
Phone855-475-3399

Kingfisher Heliskiing is renowned for dry, deep powder snow and world-class tree skiing. We want to share with you our passion and love for skiing and snowboarding in British Columbia's big mountains AND provide exceptional customer service and safety.

Our heli-ski tenure in the Central Monashee Mountain Range has huge slopes of naturally well-spaced trees and majestic alpine. We have some of the most accessible pristine powder snow in Canada and offer multi-day heli-ski packages and day heli-skiing for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Heli-skiing has never been this easy!

Come see for yourself why this is the perfect playground for the ultimate heli-skiing experience and discover Kingfisher Heliskiing!

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Mica Heliskiing - Revelstoke

207 Mackenzie Ave
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
Toll-free877-837-6191
Phone250-837-6191

120,000 hectares (300,000 acres) of pristine heliski terrain, 13-20 metres (40-60 feet) of annual snowfall, & a state of the art luxury lodge are just the beginning of the Mica experience. We operate with a 1:1 staff to guest ratio & a maximum capacity of twenty guests at our lodge which allows us to provide a fully customized experience. Our passion is delivering an unforgettable backcountry ski holiday to each & every one of our loyal guests.

With a 4:1 guest to guide ratios, minimum 5500 metre vertical per day & two amazing heli ski packages to choose from, Mica elevates the bar for boutique heliskiing. Whether you are a long time guest or it is your first visit, we promise to deliver a great adventure & luxury.

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Mistaya Lodge & Alpine Tours - Golden

Helicopter Access Only
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
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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Mt Baldy Ski Resort - Oliver

2680 Mt Baldy Rd
Oliver, British Columbia
V0H 1T0
Toll-free866-754-2259
Phone250-498-4086

Mt Baldy is known for untracked powder and superb tree skiing. We are a family focused mountain getaway, far from the crowds of other British Columbia ski areas. We are located in desert wine country minutes from Oliver, Osoyoos & Penticton.

Mt. Baldy has something for everyone. Ski or snowboard, take a ride through the terrain park, a walk through the woods on snow shoes, ski our cross country trails, toboggan with the kids, and after it is all done, enjoy some great food in the Mt. Baldy lodge.

We are a hidden gem where the outdoor environment is celebrated, where people are valued and the timeless spirit of skiing and mountain play thrives. Come experience the difference for yourself!

Annual Snowfall SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
650 cm 34 Easy24%Easy44%Easy32%
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Red Mountain Resort - Red Mountain Resort

4300 Red Mountain Rd
Red Mountain Resort, British Columbia
V0G 1Y0
Toll-free800-663-0105
Phone250-362-7384

RED Mountain is the last great, unspoiled resort. Located in Rossland, along the famous Powder Highway, RED delivers 1,680 hectares (4,200 acres) of pristine skiing unfettered by over-development. In 2013 & 2014, we added nearly 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of mostly-intermediate terrain on Grey Mountain, an entirely new peak.

With approximately 7.6 m (25 ft) 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 #8 "Best Place in the World to Visit" (2013). 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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Rocky Mountain Riders - Golden

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
Golden, British Columbia
V0A 1H0
Toll-free877-950-7533
Phone250-439-8156

We specialize in providing the ultimate snowmobiling experience to small groups. Whether you are hitting the trails with friends and family, or challenging yourself to new heights in some of the most amazing riding areas in Canada, we have tours & rentals to suit everyone.

Leaving from the base of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, our tours offer an unforgettable experience. Choose from our Guided Extreme Back Country, Kicking Horse Family or Ice Fishing Snowmobile trips, Sled & Ski trips or and rentals on high-performance snowmobiles, ATVs & Side by Sides.

Our goal is to provide the ultimate outdoor experience or off road adventure while our professional guides make it safe & fun for everyone from beginner to advanced.

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Selkirk Tangiers Heli-Skiing - Revelstoke

2100 Oak Dr
Revelstoke, British Columbia
V0E 2S0
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 1-7 days in length.

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Whistler Olympic Park - Whistler

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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Whitegold Adventures - Wells

Barkerville Hwy
Wells, British Columbia
V0K 2R0
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, fascinating moose viewing, wildlife, and history 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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Whitewater Ski Resort - Whitewater Ski Resort

1 Whitewater Ski Hill Rd
Whitewater Ski Resort, British Columbia
V1L 4K7
Toll-free800-666-9420
Phone250-354-4944

If you're searching for winter's soul and an authentic vacation destination, there is a place, Whitewater Ski Resort. Located along Canada's famous Powder Highway, Whitewater boasts a dependable dry snowfall that totals over 12 metres a season. Combine that with world-renowned food and the new Glory Ridge chair that nearly doubled the terrain, Whitewater offers the truest skiing experience.

The resort is just a 15 minute drive from Nelson, BC, a city that features over 40 restaurants, an abundance of accommodations, hot springs, cat and heli-skiing, and a winter vibe second to none.

Whitewater is pure, simple and real... DEEP.

Annual Snowfall SkiTotalRuns Types of runs
1219 cm 81 Easy58%Easy32%Easy10%
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