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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207 Mackenzie Ave
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Mica Heliskiing is one of the best in boutique, small group heliskiing. Maximum 20 guests, four groups of four skiers or boarders use two A-Star helicopters in the Semi-Private Tours, & one group of four in a Private Bell 407. Ski or board terrain custom tailored to your desires. Spectacular five star lodge one hour north of Revelstoke BC accessible only by helicopter. Huge alpine, world class steep tree skiing & endless pillow runs. Forget down days! No-fly days are rare & complimentary catskiing for backup. Mica Heliskiing is renowned for having an excellent safety record, exceptional staff, the most diverse ski terrain with the deepest driest powder on the planet. Rated "best heliskiing" by SKIING Magazine in their 2011 Resort Guide. Mica Heliskiing nothing comes close!
Helicopter Access Only
Golden, British Columbia
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 and with optional catering or guiding.
Come and make memories of a lifetime with us.
13594 Hwy 16 W
Terrace, British Columbia
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!
4300 Red Mountain Rd
Red Mountain Resort, British Columbia
RED Mountain is the last great, unspoiled resort. Located in Rossland, BC, along the famous "Powder Highway," RED delivers 4,200 acres of pristine skiing unfettered by overdevelopment. For 2013-14, we've added nearly 1,000 acres of mostly-intermediate terrain on Grey Mountain, an entirely new peak.
With 300"/7.6m of annual snowfall, wide-open groomed runs, epic vertical (890m!), in-bounds cat-skiing, 360 degree descents off select peaks, a rich tradition, and 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)," and "Most Underrated Resort" by Skiing Magazine (2012). Come and enjoy fresh turns that you don't have to fight for
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Tyax Wilderness Resort
Gold Bridge, British Columbia
Leave the lift-lines behind and take the express route via helicopter to unlimited untouched powder everyday of your holiday at TLH Heliskiing, located in the beautiful Chilcotin Mountains of BC. Go home exhilarated every night to your luxury accommodation for some fine dining and relaxation at our spa, featuring a hot tub and sauna. We offer 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 day tours, Whistler Combination Tours, and luxurious private Platinum Tours. This is one ski holiday you will never forget!
Back by popular demand for 2012: All packages include Unlimited Vertical and only one group per helicopter!
Wells, British Columbia
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.