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Whistler Ski Touring Adventures

Aaron — Whistler

Had an amazing time touring with Mabey Ski. First class operation. It was fun, relaxed, very well organized and professional. Our guide was amazing. This was my first time touring, and I felt welcome from the first moment. Can't say enough about what a great time I had. You have set the bar impossibly high.

James — Whistler

Amazing trip! Fantastic guide, the whole trip was very well organised. Thank you Mabey Ski!

John — Whistler

Amazing backcountry experience with Nickie and Ben in the backcountry! Two fabulous days exploring and touring glaciers along with a luxury camping experience!

Beginner and introduction courses

If you’re thinking about starting out ski touring in the Whistler area then you’re in the right place. We use only the best local, expert ski guides, who will coach you through everything from basic equipment set up, avalanche safety, uphill and downhill technique, route planning and much, much more. From one day guided introduction clinics, through to 4 session progression packages, we are here to help you start your journey into the world of backcountry ski touring.

2021/22 Courses in Whistler

Intro to Ski Touring – 3 session clinics

Book a 3 session package, where you ski and learn with the same group of up to 6 skiers/splitboarders of the same ability for 1 session per week over 3 weeks, coached and led by a professional ski guide in the Whistler Blackcomb backcountry. Have a group of friends? Just let us know and we can organize a private package.

Dates

15th, 22nd and 29th January
5th, 12th and 19th February

Price (pp): $575+GST

Intro to Ski Touring with AST-1

Book a private course for up to 6 people, or join onto one of the dates below. This 3-day course can be run 3 days in a row, or over 2 weekends. Day 1 will offer you an introduction to ski touring and teach you the basics of backcountry travel, with day 2 and 3 introducing avalanche safety, with an AST Level 1 certificate provided to successful candidates.

Dates

15th, 22nd and 23rd January 2022
5th, 12th and 13th February 2022

Price (pp): $699+GST

 

Read more about why you should take an avalanche safety course

Intermediate clinics and courses

Designed for those of you with a decent level of fitness who have either ski toured for at least 5 days and can ski black runs in variable conditions, and are looking to take your ski touring to the next level.

2021/22 Courses in Whistler

3 session clinics

Book a 3 session package, where you ski and learn with the same group of up to 6 skiers/splitboarders of the same ability for 1 session per week over 3 weeks, coached and led by a professional ski guide in the Whistler Blackcomb backcountry. Have a group of friends? Just let us know and we can organize a private package.

Dates

22nd and 29th January and 5th February
5th, 12th and 19th February

Price (pp): $725+GST

Overnight Kees and Claire Hut Guided Trip

For groups of up to 6 people (per guide), we can organize your group a 1, 2 (or more depending on availability) night trip to the Kees and Claire Hut in the Whistler backcountry,  strong level of fitness is required for this trip, as the journey can take around 2-5 hours each way. Ski some of the iconic lines surrounding the hut, under the watchful eye of your professional ski guide.

Dates: on request

Price (pp): on request

Hut-based overnight AST2 courses

We run several overnight AST2 (Avalanche Skills Training) courses throughout the season. On day 1, you will have a classroom day here in Whistler, followed by 2-4 nights in one of Whistler’s backcountry lodges, huts and cabins. Typically we run these from the McGillivray Pass Lodge as well as the Kees and Claire Hut, and courses are for up to 6 people. This more advanced avalanche safety course is for those of you who have completed the AST1, have at least 20 days of ski touring under your belt, and will teach you route finding, avalanche rescue, navigation and terrain analysis skills amongst many other things. For groups of up to 6 people

Dates: on request

Price (pp): on request

Advanced ski touring clinics and courses

Designed for those of you who have either ski toured for at least 20 days in the backcountry and can ski black runs confidently in variable conditions, with a good level of fitness.

2021/22 Courses in Whistler

3 session clinics

Book a 3 session package, where you ski and learn with the same group of up to 6 skiers/splitboarders of the same ability for 1 session per week over 3 weeks, coached and led by a professional ski guide in the Whistler Blackcomb backcountry. Have a group of friends? Just let us know and we can organize a private package. For a small additional fee, we can also ski areas outside of the Whistler Blackcomb backcountry and head further afield to the Duffey Lake Provincial Park, Garibaldi Park and many more advanced backcountry ski zones.

Dates

5th, 12th and 19th February 2022

Price (pp): $725+GST

Overnight Kees and Claire Hut Guided Trip

For groups of up to 6 people (per guide), we can organize your group a 1, 2 (or more depending on availability) night trip to the Kees and Claire Hut in the Whistler backcountry,  strong level of fitness is required for this trip, as the journey can take around 2-5 hours each way. Ski some of the iconic lines surrounding the hut, under the watchful eye of your professional ski guide.

Dates: coming early 2022

Price (pp): coming early 2022

Hut-based overnight AST2 courses

We run several overnight AST2 (Avalanche Skills Training) courses throughout the season. On day 1, you will have a classroom day here in Whistler, followed by 2-4 nights in one of Whistler’s backcountry lodges, huts and cabins. Typically we run these from the Journeyman Lodge as well as the Kees and Claire Hut, and courses are for up to 6 people. This more advanced avalanche safety course is for those of you who have completed the AST1, have at least 14 days of ski touring under your belt, and will teach you route finding, avalanche rescue, navigation and terrain analysis skills amongst many other things. For groups of up to 6 people.

Dates: coming early 2022

Price (pp): coming early 2022

End of season backcountry blowout

If you’re looking to ski tour untouched backcountry runs by day, and party in BC’s remote wilderness by night, then this is the trip for you! Hosted at the McGillivray Pass Lodge, north of Whistler, this is the ultimate season wrap-up, complete with outdoor bar, BBQ, private chef, sauna, and a heli-in, heli-out backcountry lodge set up.

Dates: 12th April – 16th April 2022

Price (pp):coming early 2022

Lodge-based AST2 course at Journeyman Lodge

This season, we are bringing you the best AST2 course on the planet January 13-18th 2022, in collaboration with Mountain Skills Academy and tenure holders, Journeyman Lodge!
We have booked out 4 nights at the incredible Journeyman Lodge in the Callaghan Valley for 8 lucky guests in January 2022. Following a classroom day in Whistler on the 13th , you’ll head up to the Journeyman Lodge on the 14th for an epic 4 night stay, immersed in the backcountry, learning terrain choice, avalanche safety, backcountry travel and much more from your private ACMG qualified guide. Once the AST2 curriculum is done, your crew will enjoy a final day of private guiding from the lodge, shredding the deep and endless backcountry terrain surrounding your backcountry paradise. We have spaces for 8 people, with 4 twin beds at this price and 3 queen beds available at a $150 surcharge per bed (couples can split this surcharge).

Dates: 13th – 18th January 2022

Price (pp): $2,700+GST

Read more about our Journeyman Lodge AST2 trip here

Our ski touring adventures are in partnership with Mountain Skills Academy and in agreement and compliance with all relevant crown land tenure holders.

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