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Extremely Canadian Backcountry Adventures

Backcountry Adventures in Whistler by Extremely Canadian
In a full day of mind-blowing guided backcountry snowboarding, telemarking or skiing, Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) will share techniques and tactics to hone your skiing, boost your safety knowledge, and heighten your awareness in big mountain terrain.
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This program sells out during weekend and holiday periods. Avoid disappointment and book early.


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.

Backcountry Adventures
Levels 1-6 Price
Intro to Backcountry Group

An introduction to Backcountry skiing with a slower pace and increased knowledge.

Ability Level: Minimum Intermediate skier, beginner to splitboarding & ski touring. Exertion Level: Low-Medium (~1+ hours of hiking)

Available: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Out of Bounds Bucket List

This products involves short hikes out of ski area boundary to legendary terrain that will bring you right back to the lifts for another lap.

Ability Level: Advanced skier or snowboarder. Exertion Level: Medium (~1+ hours of hiking)

Available: Wednesday & Saturday

Backcountry Private

Ability Level: All levels, from families to experts. Exertion Level: Low-High (depending on objectives)

Backcountry Group

Explore the backcountry with fellow ski touring & split boarding enthusiasts.

Ability Level: Advanced skier, has previous splitboarding & ski touring experience. Exertion Level: Medium-High (~2.5+ hours of hiking)

Available: Thursday & Saturdays

Overnight Spearhead Traverse

An overnight backcountry camping trip venturing from Backcomb Peak to Whistler Peak. Call for more information: 1-800-938-9656

Starting at $1800
Backcountry Lift Pass $62
Touring Skis/Skins Rental $80
Packed Lunch $15

Gear Required: Touring skis or Splitboard & Avalanche Safety Gear (Demo gear available, subject to availability)

All prices quoted in CDN funds and subject to TAX. Prices subject to change.


Sample Itinerary for Group Adventure

8:00am Meet outside on the deck of Essentially Blackcomb, in the Carleton Lodge, in the main village between the gondolas.

8:45am Head up Whistler or Blackcomb “with lift-line priority”, then traverse out into Garibaldi Park.

9:30am-10:30am If you’re heading for a big objective, you’ll be well on your way by now. Newcomers will be learning avalanche rescue and snow safety while navigating through the backcountry.

Rest of the Day Will be spent skiing incredible powder runs, and accomplishing all of the goals laid out for the day depending on your program.

Program Dates

StartLast Day
2016-17 SeasonDecember 10April 18


You are in good hands. We are excited to announce that Keith Reid, former 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.

Excan Guides

Who & When

Advanced intermediate to expert skiers & riders can enjoy Extremely Canadian Backcountry Adventures (If you can ski/ride an un-groomed “Black Diamond” run, then you belong with us!), regardless of your touring experience - No Backcountry experience is required. Adventures run daily – subject to weather, avalanche conditions, and meeting the minimum group size.

Excan Guides

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.

Please 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)
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen / Lip Protection
  • 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)
  • 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)

Helpful Documents

Backcountry Equipment and Preparation Info Sheet:

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Backcountry Information Sheet and Booking Form:

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Backcountry Brochure with General Information:

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Book Program:

Book from extremelycanadian.com:

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or Call:
604-938-9656 (Local Number).
1-800-938-9656 (Toll Free North America).
0016049389656 (International calls).


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