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Frequently Asked Questions

The lodge operates in the winter from December 15 to April 16.

All guests initially meet in Pemberton at the Pemberton Airport Terminal building for a trip briefing, helicopter orientation, and waiver signing.

Meeting Times:
Saturday 8 AM
Tuesday 10:30 AM

The terminal building is just east of the Blackcomb Helicopters office and Hanger. Please park directly opposite the terminal entrance. Once the pilot is happy with the weather window and everyone is clear on the logistics for the day, we will drive in convoy to our staging area at the Red Barn, in D’Arcy. It is about 45 minutes east of the airport. Please ensure you have transport to D’Arcy organized. We encourage carpooling where possible. Vehicles can be left at Pemberton Airport if necessary.

Please arrive ready to ski. We will ask you to change into your ski boots in D’Arcy for the helicopter transfer. From here it is a short 10 minute flight into the Lodge.

Luggage allowance of 15kg (40lbs) per person including personal alcohol. This does not include skiing equipment.
Pack personal gear into a small duffel or into your daypack. Avoid large duffel bags or rigid frame travel bags.

Wear bulky and ski clothing as well as ski boots in the helicopter.

Proper equipment in good working order makes for a comfortable and worry-free outdoor adventure. Whitecap Alpine recommends that all guests have current powder skiing and mountaineering equipment to ensure the best possible experience. We also advise that all specific safety equipment be tested prior to arrival.

Comfortable feet are crucial to a successful week of skiing. If you are planning to rent boots, we suggest that you either bring a pair of liners that fit your feet from other ski boots, or bring the second pair of boots.

For the best accessibility, we suggest that skis be at least 110 mm in the shovel with properly fitting adhesive climbing skins. Our guides use and recommend G3 skis and equipment. Visit for more.

Snowboarders should be using split boards. There are great options available for rent and purchase. Please contact us or check out the new splitboards from G3.

It is mandatory that all guests have in their possession at-all-times in the field: Shovel, Probe and Digital Transceiver (457 Khz single frequency).

Ski Gear

• Ski touring boots or Snowboard boots
• Skis or splitboard snowboard
• Ski poles
• Adhesive climbing skins (Fitted to width and length of your skis/board)
• Ski crampons*
• Backpack capacity: 30-40 litre (2000-2400 cubic Inches)
• Avalanche probe
• Snow Shovel
• Digital Avalanche Transceiver
• Spare transceiver batteries (purchase new ones & check for correct size)
• Ski goggles
• Glacier glasses/sunglasses
• Insulated water bottle 2 litres  (Camelback or other hydration system)
• Small thermos (optional)

*  Optional but advised for when conditions warrant.

Ski Clothing

• Ski pants
• Long underwear, shirt and bottoms (poly-pro/wool blends)
• Mid Layer for insulation and wind while being active
• Warm socks (3 Pair)
• Ski gloves / Mitts / Waterproof Outers (2 pair)
• Gore-tex outer jacket / parka (with hood)
• Down/Synthetic jacket (warm, “puffy” type jacket)
• Toque (ski hat) • Sun hat (baseball cap or sombrero) & bandana/Buff

Lodge Clothing

• Lightweight casual pants (denim jeans / chinos)
• T-shirt
• Socks & underwear (spares and extras)
• Sweater or lightweight fleece shirt
• Light runners or sandals
• Towel
• Swim suit
• Personal toiletries

Other Critical and Important Stuff

•SLEEPING BAG (light personal sleeping bag) The lodge provides linens and pillows and pillow cases

Personal first-Aid & blister Kit (second skin, compeed, athletic tape, personal medications, Ibuprofen, etc…)
• Earplugs
• Sun block (high SPF rated or zinc-type ointment)
• Camera & film (spare camera batteries and/or charger for digital cameras, plus USB connector)
• Repairs & spares kit (for own model of A/T, telemark, or snowboard binding Systems)
• Wine and Spirits, We have a selection of Phillips and Red Truck beer at the lodge
• Headlamp or flashlight
• Reading materials

On a Saturday exchange day, skiing generally commences after the emergency training session, roughly between 11AM and noon.

On a regular day, breakfast is at 7:30AM, skiing commences afterwards between 8:30AM and 9AM. Skiing for the day or as you desire. Back home for apres and a sauna at dusk and dinner is between 6:30 and 7PM.

We are very flexible, it’s about you and what you want. Groups are managed based on individual desires, interest and ability. We generally run two main groups and at times up to three based on the number of guests are interested in skiing and their ability levels. There is usually one stronger group, one moderate paced group and at times a third group focused on a specific speed, which could be ultra fast or completely mellow. We are more than happy to cater to novice backcountry users all the way up to the hammerheads. We generally have two guides and one assistant, at times we have three guides and one assistant.

Heli Drops start at $325/ person for the first drop and $75/ person for each drop after that. Pricing is based on 8 guests. The program runs as a value added program and we generally use it when the weather and conditions are conducive.

Guests ski a half day on Tuesday, generally skiing from 8:30 to 11:30AM

A light pair or running shoes or snow boots work well. The pathways are kept well packed down and mostly clear of fresh snow. Slippers or flip flops are a good option for the lodge.

We ask you bring a light sleeping bag or duvet to sleep in. We provide all linens, sheets and pillow cases.

We keep the yurts at room temperature, they are very comfortable, warm, heated and well insulated.

We have charging stations at the lodge for all your electronic devices.

There is wifi available at the lodge. We charge $15/trip to access it. It is only available in the main lodge.

Yes, airbags are an excellent way to decrease your chance of being buried in an avalanche. They are not mandatory, but if you do own one, please feel free to bring it with you.

Cancellation insurance can be purchased from your local travel insurance company. For residents of BC, cancellation insurance can be difficult to purchase. We recommend or as the best option for this.

Yes! We encourage guests to bring in wine and spirits if you so choose.

We offer a premium selection of local craft beer from Phillips Brewery and Red Truck Brewery. There is a small selection of hard liquor as well.

Saturday departure is approximately 9AM, arriving back in Pemberton by 11-1130AM.

Tuesday departure is approximately 12PM, arriving back in Pemberton by 1:30-2PM.

All times are conditional to current flying conditions.

There are two heated composting toilets as well as two indoor heated pissoir toilets.

We have both an on demand hot water shower system and a sauna.

All yurts and out buildings are plumbed with running water and sinks.

“No. However, entry into the Evacuation Fund can be purchased from Whitecap Alpine for $50 at the time of booking your trip.
Please note, that the Evacuation Fund is not insurance. Everyone should have their own travel/trip cancelation and medical coverage (BC residents: look into what MSP covers you for). Please ask your insurance provider if evacuation insurance is included as part of your plan. If not, then be prepared to cover the costs associated with getting out from the backcountry in an emergency.
For those that choose to buy-in to the Evacuation Fund, Whitecap will cover the cost of helicopter extraction to a higher level of care in case of a medical emergency (under the advice of the Medical Director). This must be purchased prior to your trip start date and will last until your trip departure date.”

At Whitecap we only work with the best fully certified ACMG Ski Guides in the winter and hiking guides in the summer. All of our guides are knowledgeable about the terrain and the snow conditions they will be taking you in. Assessing snow stability and evaluating avalanche hazard is always our first priority.

The lodge can sleep 15 people in the winter.

We make sure to fly in fresh, locally sourced ingredients to serve our guests the best possible meals. Our chefs are known for creating amazing spreads for breakfast, lunch, apres and dinner. We are happy to cater to your dietary needs if you give us a heads up before you arrive!

Whitecap and Whitecap International cannot make exceptions to the cancellation policy for any reason, including personal emergencies and weather.

All cancellations must be received in writing. If we receive your cancellation more than 10 weeks prior to the start of your trip, you have two options:

a) We are happy to rebook your reservation if you find an alternative date of the same season at Whitecap and McGillivray Pass Lodge, or Whitecap International.

b) We provide a full refund, less a $400 administration fee

If notice is received less than 10 weeks prior to the starting date, no money will be refunded.

For more information about our cancellation policy, please contact us by calling toll-free at 1.604.862.9757 or by email at info(at)