Peaks of Pemberton is Whitecap’s new heli-access ski touring program, focused on taking guests to lesser known backcountry zones in the mountains surrounding Pemberton B.C. There is so much terrain to choose from that it’s almost overwhelming. However, our ACMG guides know the terrain in these parts better than the backs of their hands. We asked one of our regular guides, Mo Rasiah, for some insight into some of his favourite zones to take Peaks of Pemberton clients.
What is your favourite run to ski on a Peaks of Pemberton heli-access touring day?
Hard to nail down a particular run! But my favourite zones are the Mt Currie area (Big Currie, McWalts, and Front side) and the Cassiope/Saxifrage area.
What is your favourite aspect of these zones?
Both areas accomodate a variety of great alpine ski touring. From open bowls and glaciers, to couloirs and chutes!
What level skier/ rider do you need to be to enjoy these areas?
Both these zones accomodate everyone, from first time ski tourers to seasoned experts.
What is the approximate vertical?
The longest runs in the Currie zone are around 1000m. In the Cassiope zone, run length is around 700m.
What is the hardest part of these objectives? Any particular skills necessary ?
The beauty of these areas is their ability to accomodate a range of levels. We can choose objectives that are focused on cruisey powder skiing, where the only skills necessary are solid skiing ability and fitness to tour to the top of your line. There is also some more technical terrain in these areas, that require advanced/expert ski ability and a higher level of fitness to get the most out of your day.
Approximately how long of a day is it?
With the help of a helicopter, days can be as long or as short as people wish. Most groups I have skied with on the PoP program average between 1000-1500m of vertical over 2-3 runs. Ski days are between 5-7 hours in duration.
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