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Backcountry

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 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.

When the high alpine lifts are closed due to avalanche danger, backcountry skiers and snowboarders should check in with Patrol at the dispatch offices on Whistler or Blackcomb for more information on how to safely access the backcountry

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 Avalanche Canada, AST 1 and 2 courses provide a blend of practical field days with indoor theory. Learn More
Whistler Best Deals
Save up to 30% off lodging & packages + additional savings on lift tickets, lessons, activities & more! 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