Backcountry Clinics & Tours

New 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 5 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

8:30 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.
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.

1-Day Backcontry Clinics:
2012.13 Season
Dec 8-Apr 28.
Subject to conditions and number of participants
Note: Price per person, per day. Min 3 people per clinic. All prices are subject to HST Tax.

Private Backcountry Clinics

Ski the lines you and your guide choose, travel at your pace and get one-on-one coaching and instruction.
Private Backcountry Clinics:
Early Season Regular Season Holiday Season
Nov 22-Dec 9 Dec 10-16
Jan 7-Feb 8
Feb 23-Mar 22
Apr 16-21
Dec 17-Jan 6
Feb 9-22
Mar 23-Apr 15
$549 $624 $659
Note: All prices are subject to HST Tax.

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

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 we head out for the day we stay out for the day. It is very important to realize that one of the key distinctions we represent as backcountry skiers/riders is that we climb many of the slopes we descend. This means our physical output is significantly broader than simply riding/skiing inbounds. How we manage our your 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 (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
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen / Lip Protection
  • Camera
  • 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 $12.50 plus tax. Includes cookie, piece of fruit and sandwich - choice of ham, beef, turkey or veggie. Gluten free bread available. Choice of water or juice.

Rental Packages

Rental Packages with 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 $60 plus HST for program participants. Splitboard rentals for snowboarders are also available, please drop us a line for more details.

Backcountry Lift Tickets

1-Ride backcountry access lift tickets available for $53 + HST. Must be pre-ordered through Extremely Canadian.


Our cancelation policy for Whistler programs is 100% refund if you give 24 hrs notice. Changes also require 24 hrs notice.

Our Partners

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Coca-Cola offers the world's favourite beverage brand to Whistler Blackcomb guests as a part or their memorable resort experience. As the cold drink sponsor at Whistler Blackcomb, Coca-Cola brings more than ice-cold refreshment.

Glacier Fresh Beer.Brewed in the mountain town of Creston, British Columbia, Kokanee beer is famous for it’s cool, crisp glacier-fresh taste. Kokanee is enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts from coast to coast in Canada.


Since 1995, GMC has been the Official Vehicle of Whistler Blackcomb. GMC trucks and SUVs give you the performance, engineering and technology to get you, your family and friends and all their gear to and from the mountain any time of the year.

Monster Energy

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Smirnoff is proud to be the vodka sponsor of Whistler Blackcomb. From extraordinary event experiences, to the latest in Music, Nightlife and extraordinary Cocktails. The world's best cocktails start with Smirnoff.


Samsung Canada is proud to be the official electronics partner and preferred supplier of Whistler Blackcomb. As a world leader in digital technology, Samsung Canada enables Whistler Blackcomb to enhance the resort experience in new and innovative ways.

The Globe and Mail, Canada's National Newspaper, daily offers unparalleled national, international and business reporting, analysis and commentary to all the guests and patrons of Whistler Blackcomb.

American Express is the official Card of Whistler Blackcomb. The sponsorship program brings unique offers, purchase incentives and rewards for American Express® Cardmembers. ®,™: Used by Amex Bank of Canada under license from American Express

GoPro makes the world’s best selling and most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities.


An asset to elite athletes around the globe, Oakley is one of the world’s leading product design and sport performance brands. As the official optic partner of Whistler Blackcomb, we are excited to collaborate and share our obsession.


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Jackson Triggs

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Arc’teryx Equipment is a technical high-performance outerwear and equipment company based in North Vancouver, Canada. Our relentless commitment to design, craftsmanship and performance delivers the Arc’teryx experience.


As the official base layer and sock provider of Whistler Blackcomb, Icebreaker Merino Clothing is proud to bring warmth, comfort and style on the slopes to the resort visitors.


W.L. Gore & Associates, the makers of GORE-TEX® products, is proud to be the official technical fabric sponsor of Whistler Blackcomb. GORE-TEX® products are wearable weather protection that keeps you dry and comfortable from head to toe in any kind of weather.


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With over 170 years of innovation, Stanley Tools offers the broadest range of carpentry hand tools, automotive tools and storage for construction professionals, mechanics, and home improvement enthusiasts.

Blackcomb Aviation

Blackcomb Aviation is proud to be the Official Helicopter of Whistler Blackcomb. For more than two decades our helicopter pilots and mountain guides have introduced outdoor enthusiasts to the beauty of British Columbia. Summer or winter - our tours cater to a wide range of interests, fitness levels and budgets but can also be tailored for special events. We enjoy this area of our business tremendously and welcome your ideas as much as your business.