Rooted in Deep Adventure. From the Beginning.
It all started when the McGillivray Pass locale was discovered as a skiing paradise by an adventuresome Austrian husband and wife couple Helmet and Christa Weinhold. Living and working in the once booming gold mining town of Bralorne, British Columbia, the couple soon discovered that the surrounding area offered unlimited and exceptional backcountry ski opportunities.
Endless Horizons. Steep Lines with a Deep History.
The amazing McGillivray Pass was explored for over 20 years before a group of outdoor enthusiasts decided to build a base for winter skiing and summer hiking. In 1972, the magnificent log cabin rose in the remote McGillivray Pass. The ‘McGillivray Pass Lodge’ is recorded as one of the earliest backcountry lodges in British Columbia beyond existing lodges in Assiniboine and Yoho National Parks.
A Pure Mountain Experience. Birth of a Legend.
After the lodge was built and throughout the following years, outdoor enthusiasts explored further and participated in various winter and summer adventures. McGillivray Pass Lodge, and the natural beauty of the forested mountains which surrounded it, soon became legendary, an awe-inspiring and amazing destination for winter and spring ski touring, summer trekking and mountaineering.
The Wild West. The Wildflowers. The Wildlife.
Over the years, the amazing landscape of McGillivray Pass and its beautiful scenery enveloped by the rugged coastal mountains, is as natural as the day it was discovered. Throughout the summer the alpine valley is filled with blooming flowers and frequent sightings of abundant wildlife are well documented. The area is inhabited by wolverine, wolves, deer, moose, and resident grizzly bears.
True Passion. Mountain History and Culture.
For the past 20 years, the Andrews family have called the McGillivray Pass Lodge their ‘winter home’. Still to this day the Andrews reserve the lodge for the Christmas holidays prior to the start of each winter season. A true passion for the outdoors combined with a real love of mountain culture continues to establish their rich history in these magnificent mountains.
Whitecap. Epic Backcountry. For Real.
Today, the legendary McGillivray Pass Lodge is also home to our mountain adventure company created for passionate mountaineers we've called 'Whitecap'. Situated in the broad valley of McGillivray Pass just North of Pemberton, Whitecap offers both alpine and tree skiing and split boarding in all kinds of weather and conditions. This is epic backcountry for real.
Legend Since '72. The McGillivray Pass Lodge.
Built in 1972, McGillivray Pass Lodge includes everything our guests expect from a modern, yet rustic, cabin in the mountains. Sleeping arrangements include 4 outbuildings of 4 double occupancy private rooms and 2 large 4 person bunk rooms. Amenities include: hot showers, sauna, wood burning fireplace, heated out-houses, fully-equipped kitchen and ample electric outlets for modern gadgets.
Whitecap. World Renowned. And Unmatched.
Whitecap is fast becoming world renowned for its unmatched variety of terrain, alongside its authentic mountain experience. Owner and Operator Lars Andrews – a prominent, well-known Mountain Guide – has skied and guided mountaineering adventures around the world, and throughout British Columbia. Lars will tell anyone that Whitecap, where he learned his mountain craft, is the absolute best skiing.
Our Continued Tradition. Here and Beyond.
Whitecap continues with the theme of Family and Mountains. Our close knit group of guides, chefs and crew are now all part of our extended family, maintaining a consistent and welcoming Whitecap vibe. This experience now extends to summer alpine adventures, and an expanded playground that includes many amazing international destinations.