WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

BACKCOUNTRY

As North America’s #1 Resort, Whistler Blackcomb is also your gateway to a vast area of unmarked and un-patrolled 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.

 

Patrol - Emergency

For on hill emergencies only

604-935-5555
 

Accessing Garibaldi Provincial Park

Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry

Starting in the Village


Uphill skiing and snowboarding access to Garibaldi Provincial Park is permitted on the Singing Pass trail from Whistler Village. The Singing Pass trailhead is located in the Gondola Transit Exchange.


Starting on Mountain


Skiers and snowboarders looking to access the backcountry terrain adjacent to Whistler Blackcomb’s ski area boundaries can do so via the chairlift system and designated uphill travel routes when operations and avalanche conditions allow.







Access Routes:


WHISTLER MOUNTAIN

  1. Bottom of Harmony (Oboe Traverse) to Oboe Basin
  2. Top of flute
  3. Lesser Flute at top of Encore Ridge
BLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN

  1. Cloud 9 to Sluiceway
  2. East Col
  3. Crystal Road to Hot Rocks or 2%
  4. To Rock & Roll from Blueline
  5. Bottom of Showcase to Secret Basin



When the high alpine lifts are closed due to avalanche danger, backcountry skiers and snowboarders should check in with Patrol (604-905-2324) at the dispatch offices on Whistler or Blackcomb for more information on how to safely access the backcountry.


Re-entering the Ski Area Boundary


Skiers and snowboarders looking to re-enter Whistler Blackcomb’s ski area boundaries from the backcountry should check in with Patrol (604-905-2324) for up-to-date avalanche conditions and terrain closures within the ski area boundary.

Plan your trip thoroughly


Be prepared to cope with emergencies due to fatigue, equipment failures, weather, and avalanches.

  • Evaluate each member's capacity and ability
  • Check the personal equipment of the party
  • Carry a mobile phone with full battery charge
  • Keep hydrated and nourished throughout the day
  • Understand supply levels of liquid and food for the group
  • Pace the travel speed of the party so that no one becomes exhausted
  • Keep the party together but not too close in avalanche terrain
  • The leader should be experienced in route selection
  • Ensure that there are sufficient tools in the group to repair broken skis, skins, and bindings
  • The leader must be capable of organizing a backcountry avalanche rescue including applying first aid and keeping survivors alive until rescuers arrive

Things you should be aware of


  • Understand this winter's snowpack layers
  • Knowledge of recent snowfall and type of snow
  • Know the current Whistler backcountry Avalanche Advisory rating
  • Understand today's weather conditions including snowfall, temperature, and visibility
  • Never travel alone
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Backcountry Programs

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Backcountry Intro Groups

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Backcountry Privates

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Avalanche Skills Training Level 1+

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Avalanche Skills Training Level 2

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Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel

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