A quick drive from the Vancouver, just north of Pemberton, BC, Whitecap Alpine is perfectly situated to bear the brunt of snow loaded storms as they move inland from the Pacific Ocean to the Coast Range. A little cooler and drier than the snowfall slightly closer to the coast, at Whitecap blower pow is a regular part of our routine.
Whitecap is located 75km North East of Whistler and 50Km NE of Pemberton in beautiful British Columbia. The area offers 85 square kilometers of terrain with a combination of east-west valleys and navigable ridge lines with space for big open turns leading into gladded trees and natural half pipes. This is the perfect destination for backcountry skiing and splitboarding – with options galore. We’ll split into groups and find the best terrain on days ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 meters. The professional guides know this area well and will take you to the best terrain available based on snowfall, safety, and group goals.
The lodge operates in the winter from December 15 to April 16.
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.
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 that 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.
Whitecap guides are all UIGM /ACMG certified and are at the top of their class in, skiing, snowboarding and navigating the backcountry. Their guides practice the most up-to-date methods of snow evaluation and rescue techniques. You can meet our team here: Whitecap Team
Yes. If you have a roommate request, please let us know. By default, we will place two-four guests per room.
No, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate private rooms on this trip.
In short, yes. Whitecap will help place you in a group with similar abilities and all groups touring out of the lodge will be fully guided, both to make the best use of the terrain and for your own safety. If that sounds tame, rest assured it is not – experts will find plenty to test their ability, while newcomers to touring won’t feel hopelessly out of their element. Trust your guides to find the best snow on any given day – that can be anything from a glorious open summit in full sun to awesome lower elevation tree skiing if it’s storming. We recommend this trip to guests with some backcountry touring or side-country experience and at least a moderate physical fitness level. Every day at Whitecap is different. An ‘easy day’ will include 1-2 runs close to home (450-700m/1500-2000 ft) followed by lunch at the lodge, or a cross-country ski in the valley. A ‘large day’ includes various high alpine circuits up to 1500-3000m/6000-10,000 ft of skiing and snowboarding, with lunch on the go.
Yes, G3 rental gear is available and can be rented directly through us. Avalanche safety equipment is required for backcountry riding and rentals are also available upon request.