Back country skiing in British Columbia

By Darren Susin   Trail Canada

Undoubtedly, Whistler and Blackcomb offer amazing skiing. Personal preference determines which is better, but they are both world class destinations. However, sometimes one doesn’t want the populated hills and gondola rides to the top. Ok, that’s a lie, we’d love gondola rides to the top, just not the population! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite back country ski destinations passed Whistler and beyond. Whether you’re looking for a long day out or a 4 day adventure, we’ve got you covered.

Mt. Brew

A great destination and only about 3 to 4 hours of skiing to reach the great hut. There isn’t a huge amount of runs here, but enough for a worthwhile overnight. Not only is the skiing great, the surrounding views are equally enchanting. Black Tusk is prominent, Garibaldi looms on the skyline, and the Tantalus Range looks amazing. With the relatively new hut and the right amount of snow, this area will see a huge influx of visitors in the coming years.

Brian Waddington Hut

An absolute mecca for skiers looking for something off the beaten track. The Waddington Hut provides access to a number of fantastic mountains that have superb skiing. Surrounded by mountains named after Lord of the Rings characters, the ski into the hut can be long, but well worth the effort. This is a super popular hut for back country skiers, so be prepared for some company!

Joffre Peak / Mount Matier

Seems like all my recommendations contain routes to huts! This is another popular area that deserves every word of praise it gets. The skiing around the Anniversary Glacier is second to none and the number of routes continues to grow each season! On a sunny day, this is the best place in the world.

Without question, caution must be exercised with all outdoor activities; however, with snow comes even more concern. Be sure to equip yourself with the proper avalanche gear and knowledge before enjoying these great areas! Happy skiing!

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