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Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry skiers truly “earn their turns.” The demands are big, and the rewards, even bigger. Think untouched runs, glades, glaciers, and remote vistas that few other skiers will ever see. The only catch? You need to get up the mountain with your own two feet. British Columbia, with its vast alpine wilderness and heavy snowfalls, is prime territory for backcountry skiing. To try it, join an experienced mountain guide on a day’s exploration, or sign up for a multi-day, hut-to-hut backcountry adventure.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Cosy backcountry lodges and alpine huts allow for multi-day ski touring, and backcountry ski guides ensure safe travel through mountain terrain. If you are an experienced backcountry skier, some provincial and national parks offer designated backcountry areas with amenities that include overnight huts, picnic areas, and open-air shelters for day trips or overnight adventures.

Skiing in backcountry areas means severe weather and avalanches are real hazards. You and everyone in your group must be self-sufficient—carrying all the proper gear (transceiver, shovel, and probe) and have avalanche training. Avalanche safety and route-finding skills are a must when heading into the backcountry. Learn backcountry skiing skills and safety through lodges, clubs, and ski resorts or hire a certified backcountry ski guide. AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors and always remember the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. 

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