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 and 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 and many of the backcountry lodges in the Selkirks and Monashees. Options range from day tours and introductory backcountry trips to multi-day adventures and heli assisted touring. Hire an ACMG certified guide to help plan your next mountain 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.
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Coast Range Heliskiing is Whistler BC's premier boutique heli-skiing & boarding operation. CRH operates exclusively in groups of 4-5, which means more skiing and less waiting for you! With 80,937 ha (200,000 ac) of diverse terrain from wide open powder bowls to secluded tree skiing, and an annual snowfall of 10+ meters, you can be sure no two days with Coast Range are ever the same. We welcome intermediate to expert skiers and riders, and ensure you ski with others of similar ability. Book your Coast Range Heliskiing adventure today and 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.
207 Mackenzie Ave
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Mica Heli Guides 100% small group heliskiing and boarding. Four groups of four skiers or boarders sharing two A-Star helicopters, or one group of four in a Bell 407, maximum 20 guests. Ski or board terrain tailored to your desires. NEW Luxurious backcountry lodge one hour north of Revelstoke BC accessible only by helicopter. A quarter million acres of huge alpine, world class steep tree skiing and endless pillow runs. Forget down days. No-fly days are rare and complimentary catskiing for backup. Mica Heliskiing is renowned for having the best terrain with the deepest driest powder on the planet.
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. Activities include hiking, skiing, snowshoeing & mountaineering at all levels. Or just relax in the beauty & peace; it's an artist & photographer's paradise. Families are encouraged to come, learn & explore. Certified guides will lead you on informative hikes while the cook prepares a wonderful meal. Helicopter access only, small groups & superb food. Memories for a lifetime.
4300 Red Mountain Rd
Rossland, British Columbia
RED Mountain, established 1896, is legendary for abundant snow & big lines, not big chairlift lines. Voted "Best Trees Skiing, Best Steeps, Best Powder" (Ski Canada Magazine 2001-02). RED is cherished by skiers and snowboards of all ages. With slope side, ski-in/out deluxe accommodations, exciting events and the friendly community of Rossland, RED Mountain is the adventure destination for all types of snow lovers. Skating, snowshoeing, cross country & cat skiing are other fun winter activities in this area.
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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!