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Whistler Blackcomb
As North America’s #1 Resort, Whistler Blackcomb is also your gateway to a vast area of unmarked and unpatrolled backcountry access in the Garibaldi Provincial Park. The allure of backcountry skiing and riding has increased over the last few years and many resorts, as well as manufacturers, are filling this demand with innovative products and services. Gathered below are resources to guides, training, gear and bulletins to make help make your adventure safe and prepare you for avalanche and glacier hazards.
Backcountry Advisory

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This three day avalanche hazard forecast is prepared for the Sea to Sky area including surrounding areas of Whistler Blackcomb - Terrain easily accessible as a day tour from Whistler Blackcomb's boundaries. This advisory refers to areas outside the ski area boundary.

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What Elevations?
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Travel and Terrain Advice
What Elevations?
What Aspects?
Chances of Avalanches?
Expected Size?
Travel and Terrain Advice
What Elevations?
What Aspects?
Chances of Avalanches?
Expected Size?
Travel and Terrain Advice

Danger Ratings Explained
1 - Low

Generally safe avalanche conditions.

Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely. Small avalanches in isolated areas or extreme terrain.

2 - Moderate

Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.

Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.

Small avalanches in specific areas; or large avalanches in isolated areas.

3 - Considerable

Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential.

Natural avalanches possible; human-triggered avalanches likely.

Small avalanches in many areas; or large avalanches in specific areas; or very large avalanches in isolated areas.

4 - High

Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended.

Natural avalanches likely; human-triggered avalanches very likely.

Large avalanches in many areas; or very large avalanches in specific areas.

5 - Extreme

Avoid all avalanche terrain.

Natural and human-triggered avalanches certain.

Large to very large avalanches in many areas

Forecast Disclaimer
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK

The Whistler Blackcomb Avalanche Bulletin, and other information and services provided by Avalanche Canada are intended for personal and recreational purposes only

THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND IN NO EVENT SHALL THE PROVIDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES RESULTING FROM DISCOMFORT, INJURY, OR DEATH, CLAIMS BY THIRD PARTIES OR FOR OTHER SIMILAR COSTS, OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE INFORMATION.

The user acknowledges that it is impossible to accurately predict natural events such as avalanches in every instance, and uses the data in this bulletin with this always foremost in mind. The accuracy or reliability of the data is not guaranteed or warranted in any way and the Providers disclaim liability of any kind whatsoever, including, without limitation, liability for quality, performance, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose arising out of the use, or inability to use the data.

Forecast provided by Whistler Blackcomb and Avalanche Canada.

Backcountry Tickets


• Price: $61.95 (tax included).
• Availability of backcountry tickets is assessed daily by Ski Patrol.
• Proper gear is required to purchase ticket: avalanche transceiver and demonstrated ability to use it, probe, shovel, skins or snowshoes, cell phone.
• Tickets are sold for a specific lift set to reach the backcountry access points and cannot be used on other lifts.
• Guests must sign the Backcountry Access Agreement.

Uphill Skiing


Uphill skiing is not permitted on Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains, with the exception of the designated Flute Bowl footpath as avalanche conditions allow.

Skiers and snowboarders looking to access the backcountry terrain adjacent to Whistler Blackcomb’s ski area boundaries can do so via the chairlift system or on foot via Singing Pass, accessible from the base of Whistler Mountain.

Guiding and Tours


Backcountry Guiding
Experience Whistler Blackcomb backcountry with expert guides, tours and adventures including Extremely Canadian Backcountry Guiding, Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau & Coast Mountain Guides. Learn More
Free Avalanche Awareness Tours
Free daily Avalanche Awareness Tours are run by the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Patrol in the winter. These half day tours cover: Safe travel, terrain evaluation, avalanche phenomenon, control measures within boundary, avalanche safety equipment & rescue techniques. The tour meets at the Avalanche Hut on the top of Solar Coaster and leaves at 12:30 for a 2.5hr tour.
Avalanche Skills Training
AST programs are an essential first step to safe backcountry use in the winter. Based on curriculum established by the Canadian Avalanche Centre, AST 1 and 2 courses provide a blend of practical field days with indoor theory. Learn More
Backcountry Requirements
Required equipment and knowledge before entering Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry Learn More
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Save up to 35% off lodging rates throughout the season - the longer you stay, the bigger the savings! More Info
Whistler Heli-Skiing
Whistler Heli-Skiing is known for exclusive access to classic, backcountry terrain that every skier or snowboarder must experience at least once in their lifetime. Whistler Heli-Skiing