Whitecap. Programs & Abilities.
Whitecap manages groups in a variety of ways. McGillivray Pass Lodge has 2 or 3 experienced and internationally certified Mountain Guides on staff at all times. This allows Whitecap the flexibility to accommodate and suit each of our guest's different terrain interests and athletic pace. Typically, we run 2 separate groups of guests each day. Alternatively both groups can be either 'Moderate' or 'Aggressively paced'. The Moderate paced Group will ski up to 1500m/5000ft/ day, whereas the 'Aggressively paced' group will ski up to 3000m/10,000ft/day.
Whitecap. Group Input & Management.
At the beginning of each day, Whitecap Mountain Guides will make suggestions and describe touring options to allow guests to provide their own input and contribute to decisions about what is both achievable, and appropriate. We'll also provide options for a shorter ski or snowboard day, as well as an option to get back to the lodge early if guests prefer. It is also not uncommon for us to run one large group, or even up to 3 larger groups.
Whitecap. Rewarding for Every Guest.
At Whitecap, we make every effort to coordinate bookings for guests with similar interests and, when possible, we'll arrange for an exclusive week for an organized group. We realize that every group's needs and expectations are different. Whitecap Mountain Guides always make final decisions based on each groups overall fitness and ability level, as well as snow and weather conditions. Our goal is to ensure the Whitecap experience is as rewarding as possible of all our guests, no matter their ability level.
Whitecap. Awesome Half Week Programs.
Whitecap's Half Week Programs is an amazing option for those with limited time. For outdoor enthusiasts looking for a quick escape and real backcountry immersion, the Half Week Program is an awe inspiring and awesome option. This is a straightforward trip that offers a huge bang for your buck. After a quick drive from Vancouver and Seattle, guests are totally immersed in real epic backcountry for 3.5 days. It is amazing how much you can get done in this time. For those new to the backcountry, this is a great way to get some experience with less commitment. Our most popular program.
Whitecap. Ultimate Full Week Programs.
Whitecap's Full Week Program is the ultimate backcountry experience. Because of the time, this full week of fantastic skiing and snowboarding allows guests to really explore these mountains and discover a some of the exceptional terrain Whitecap has to offer. Our Mountain Guides do their best to include a bit of everything, including alpine bowls, summits with long glacial descents, and deep powder glades. Nothing compares to being out for a full 7 days. The most rewarding and fulfilling option.
Whitecap. Traditional Ski Tour Program.
One of Whitecap's classics, this program focuses on traditional ski touring and splitboarding providing guests with the unreal experience of traveling throughout the surrounding mountains. The goal of this program is to provide quality powder skiing while seeking out the absolute best conditions. Days range from 1000 to 2300 metres (3280 - 7550 ft) and include varied terrain, including alpine bowls, glades or tree skiing. There are generally two groups visiting on these weeks – 'Moderate' and 'Aggressively' Paced. This program is flexible and can be a half week or full week.
Whitecap. Heli-Assisted Touring Programs.
Due to increased demand, Whitecap has included this added-value program. With the heli-assist, our guests have access terrain not otherwise included in our ski tour program. It also allows us to avoid undesirable late season conditions. An amazing way to explore our generous land tenure - and make ’ski stops’ along the way - this program is available under the discretion of our Mountain Guides. Pricing varies upon the amount of time used. Minimum charge of $225/person and requires a minimum of 4 guests.
Whitecap. Everything. 'Out of Bounds'.
Looking to up the ante in the backcountry? Whitecap's unbelievable terrain makes it possible to cater to enthusiasts that are interested in aggressive ‘out of bounds’ skiing and snowboarding. With a focus on steep lines and couloirs highlighted in many ski and snowboard films, Our 'Steep Ski Camps. Alpine Touring. Telemark and Splitboard' program is for guests seeking a more challenging adventure and commitment to the backcountry experience. This programs builds gradually throughout the week as we get to know the snow conditions, and abilities of the participants. Scroll down for more info!
Steep Ski Camps. Alpine Touring. Telemark & Splitboard.
Whitecap's Steep Ski Camps, Alpine Touring, Telemark and Splitboard Program explores steep high-alpine, including routes that may involve mountaineering techniques, such as rappelling and snow climbing. Skiing up to 50 degrees can be expected. Participants must be in good shape, an excellent technical rider, and able to function in all snow conditions. Helicopters may also be used to access some specific pieces of terrain (see Heli-Assisted Ski Touring). This program is flexible and can be 3-4 days or one full week. What are you waiting for? Book Now!
Whitecap. Our Winter Family Programs.
Skiing, boarding, sliding, digging, and playing… all with the warm and cozy McGillivray Pass Lodge close-by. This specialized program is for families that wants to keep active while including everyone. A one-of-a-kind experience, this program allows parents the opportunity to do a little skiing and spent time in a winter wonderland with their kids. Our terrain is so accessible that guests can make a few turns before lunch, or even achieve a full day program. Whitecap will provide supervision upon request. We have welcomed guests as old as 10 months and and young as 80 years old. This program is a half week. Open to children of all ages.
Whitecap. Mountain Leadership Course.
Whitecap's most advanced course focusing on leadership skills and high-level decision-making in an ever-changing mountain environment. This program is about refining techniques and real-life application, all under the supervision of a Certified Mountain Guide. Designed for guests looking to advance their recreational skills and/or possible seek a professional career in the ski industry. For our Mountain Leadership Course, all instructors have more than 10 years experience and are IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guide Association) certified examiners. The topics covered involve: route finding, track setting, glacier travel, snow pack evaluation and stability analysis, application of stability analysis to route selection, snow-stability and skiers, weather, map, compass, GPS, route preparation and injured skier rescue system.
Whitecap. Intro to Backcountry Skiing Program.
Designed with the ‘newbie’ in mind, our Intro to Backcountry Skiing Program introduces guests to the basics of skiing in the backcountry. The focus of the program is on safety and proper instruction of uphill ‘hiking’ or ’skinning’ technique, and powder skiing. In addition to having some fun skiing, a basic understanding of the mountain environment and avalanches is achieved. If you are an outdoor enthusiast interested in taking first steps in the backcountry, this is the program or you. All Intro to Backcountry Skiing Program courses are taught by a IFMGA certified guide. For those looking for a more in-depth education in backcountry travel we recommend Recreational Avalanche Course Certification. We suggest contacting www.themountainschool.com or www.whistlerguides.com
Whitecap. Exclusive & Speciality Bookings.
In addition to Whitecap's programs listed above, we provide groups the opportunity of an exclusive booking to cater to each individuals and group’s specific needs. An exclusive booking is based on a 12 person occupancy (regardless of the number of guests up to 12) and secures the lodge for your group. The lodge accommodates 14 guests comfortably. For further information on our special group packages, please contact us by phone 1.888.863.9757 or by email.