Extremely Canadian Backcountry Adventures

Whistler Blackcomb Snow School

Backcountry Adventures in Whistler by
Extremely Canadian

We are taking our legendary program into the backcountry, and you’re invited along for the ride.

Take the Next Step. Literally.
From the top of Whistler or Blackcomb, tantalizing backcountry ski & snowboard terrain stretches to the horizon in every direction. It’s accessible, and begging to be shredded. Take the next step.

Build Awareness.
Now you’re eyeing up that untracked line, it’s within reach, and you’re ready to rip. Or is it ready to rip? Avalanche safety and mountain awareness are critical skills to learn and practice frequently.

Boost Your Skills.
In a full day of mind-blowing guided backcountry skiing, telemarking or snowboarding, ACMG Guides will share techniques and tactics to hone your skiing, boost your safety knowledge, and heighten your awareness in big mountain terrain.

Private or Group. You Choose.
Backcountry Adventures run daily, December through April, when a minimum of 3 skiers are booked. Or book a Private; ski the lines you and your guide choose, travel at your pace, and get one-on-one coaching and instruction. With Privates you can also rally your group of up to 6 friends/family of similar ability.


You are in good hands. We are excited to announce that Keith Reid, President of the ACMG and recognized internationally as a senior guide/examiner with ACMG and IFMGA, is leading this exciting new program.

Keith knows the backcountry terrain around Whistler Blackcomb better than anyone, and he’s pumped to share it with more skiers and riders this winter.

Who & When

Advanced intermediate to expert skiers can enjoy Extremely Canadian Backcountry Adventures, regardless of your touring experience. Adventures run daily – subject to weather, avalanche conditions, and meeting the minimum group size.

Sample Itinerary 1-Day Clinic

8:00 Meet outside on the deck of Essentially Blackcomb, in the Carleton Lodge, in the main village between the gondolas
8:45 Head up Blackcomb or Whistler Mountain, then traverse with your guide out into Garibaldi Park.
9:30 Avalanche awareness & safety, mountain travel.
10:30 On the move, gathering travel skills and snow safety information as you ski.
12:30 Big line skiing, continued avalanche safety & mountain travel skills training.
EOD End of day back in the Village with tired legs and open eyes.

Private Backcountry Clinics

Ski the lines you and your guide choose, travel at your pace and get one-on-one coaching and instruction. Groups can be a maximum of 6 people of similar ability, conditioning and touring experience.
Backcountry Lessons 2014.15 Season
Dec 13-Apr 12
prebook and save
book 10 days in Advance
1-Full Day Group Lesson $219* $199*
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1-Full Day Private Lesson $599 $549
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$10 each or $40 set  
Touring Skis/Skins rental $65  
Backcountry Lift Ticket​ $56  
Lunch​​ $14 including tax  
*Subject to conditions - Min 3 people per clinic for group lessons.
Price per person, per day.

Book Now

Email us for scheduling and details:

Or Call:
Local Number: 604-938-9656

Toll Free North America: 1-800-938-9656

International calls: 0016049389656


8:00am on the Essentially Blackcomb patio (Carleton Lodge)

Helpful Documents

Backcountry Equipment and Preparation Info Sheet Download PDF
Backcountry Information Sheet and Booking Form Download PDF
Backcountry Brochure with General Information Download PDF

Equipment and Preparation

Remember when head out for the day, we stay out for the day. It is very important to realize that one of the key distinctions of backcountry skiers/riders is that we climb many of the slopes we descend. This means our physical output is significantly different than skiing/riding inbounds. How we manage our temperature and protect ourselves from the environment is constantly changing. This is accomplished by proper clothing and effective layering.

Take the time to review the equipment list. This list is intended only as a general guideline:
  • Touring skis or split-board, with climbing skins.
  • Ski poles with powder baskets (required for both skier or boarders). It is recommended that boarders use collapsible poles.
  • Ski boots (ideally touring) or snowboard boots.
  • Back pack (25-30 litre)
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Avalanche probe
  • Avalanche shovel
  • Airbag Pack (optional and not included in rental package)
  • Waterproof breathable shell jacket (with hood) and pants
  • Warm non-cotton under layers.
  • Synthetic or Down parka (ideally with hood)
  • Gloves (spare gloves if you have them. Lighter weight touring gloves plus your usual winter gloves)
  • Toque and Helmet (Please bring a toque with you even if you wear a helmet. Its gets hot
  • when you are going up!)
  • Sunglasses (even on a cloudy or snowy day)
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen / Lip Protection
  • Camera (optional)
  • Lunch and water (at least 1 litre). Bring your own healthy lunch and snacks or lunches are available for pre-purchase from Whistler Blackcomb for $14.00 tax included. Includes cookie, piece of fruit and sandwich – choice of ham, beef, turkey or veggie. Gluten free bread available. Choice of water or juice.
  • Layers – Give yourself some options for hiking, skiing, and when stopped.
  • Light fleece or equivalent
  • Head lamp (optional)

Rental Packages

Rental Packages with Rossignol Soul 7 Touring Skis, Skins, Pack, Transceiver, Probe and Shovel — are available from Essentially Blackcomb in the Carleton Lodge at the base of Whistler Mountain in the main village. Rental Packages are available for $65 plus tax for program participants. Splitboard rentals for snowboarders are also available, please drop us a line for more details.

Backcountry Lift Tickets

Backcountry access lift tickets available for $56 + tax. Must be pre-ordered through Extremely Canadian.


Our cancellation policy for Whistler programs is 100% refund if you give 24 hrs notice. Changes also require 24 hrs notice.
All prices quoted in CDN funds and subject to TAX.
Prices subject to change.
 All prices are in Canadian Dollars    More Information »