Get deep into the Coast Mountain backcountry with a team of experts to manage the details. Whitecap Basecamp is the ultimate destination if you’re looking for adventure.
You’ll arrive at camp by helicopter to find everything set up and waiting for you. Say goodbye to the hassle of planning, and let us take care of the details.
What to expect
Our communal tent is your gathering spot for dining, dancing, and socializing. Unwind in luxurious comfort in our backcountry winter camping experience.
Sink into your cozy cot in your heated private satellite tent for a restful night’s sleep. With all the creature comforts you need – a sound system, generator, sleeping cots, and propane stoves – you’ll be ready for another day of adventure. Your crew will be led by an AGMG guide and supported by a tail guide who will take you to the goods daily.
All trip dates will have three days to ski or snowboard. Dependent on transfer dates, some trips will have four nights to enjoy the basecamp setup.
*The photos here are not of our Base Camp since this is the first year! Please click the links below to see the tents we will use.
Evacuation Fund can be purchased from Whitecap Alpine for $50 at the time of booking your trip. 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.
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.
Deposit of $1250 at the time of booking. Final payment at 10 weeks. Non-refundable inside of 4 weeks. 50% refundable 4-10 weeks. 10+ weeks – refund less a non-refundable booking fee of $275 per space booked. No refunds for bad weather or acts of force majeure. Trip cancellation/interruption and medical insurance are advised to be purchased as soon as you book. Cancellation requests need to be received via email to email@example.com. The evacuation fund is included in the Flexi rate.
Whitecap and Whitecap International cannot make exceptions to the cancellation policy and all cancellations must be received in writing.
Deposit of $1250 at the time of booking. Final payment at 10 weeks. Non-refundable inside of 4 weeks. 50% refundable 4-10 weeks. 10+ weeks – refund less a non-refundable booking fee of $275 per space booked. No refunds for bad weather or acts of force majeure.
Trip cancellation/interruption and medical insurance are advised to be purchased as soon as you book. Cancellation requests need to be received via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 there it is a short 10 minute flight into the Basecamp zone.
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.
Heli Drops are based on flight time starting at $1699+gst per 30 minutes. Depending on how many people are doing the drop you can expect to spend anywhere between $400 and $600 plus tax. The program runs as a value added program and we generally use it when the weather and conditions are conducive.
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.
Please let the Whitecap staff know you have an airbag upon your arrival at the airport as it will have to go in the basket of the helicopter.
Helmets are always a great idea, but they are not mandatory.
In all scenarios, Whitecap still highly recommends that all guests purchase trip cancellation, trip interruption, and medical insurance. If we can provide direction or guidance in regards to insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Cancellation insurance can be purchased from your local travel insurance company. For residents of BC, cancellation insurance can be difficult to purchase. We recommend Acera Insurance: https://capricmw.ca/lifestyle-financial/lifestyle-travel/quote
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.
Two people will sleep in each tent, and there will be one sizeable communal yurt for cooking and hanging out.
Each ten is 9’6” x 9’6” with a vestibule for gear and a ceiling hammock for drying. Each will have a propane stove for heat, and they are tall enough to stand in.
They will each have two cots with mattresses.
We proudly partner with Blackcomb Helicopters, which as of January 1, 2019, became the first full-service helicopter operator in the world to offset 100% of its carbon footprint.
Through a significant contribution to a forest conservation project on Quadra Island, as well as local green tech and travel initiatives, BH is offsetting its carbon footprint through the sequestration of greenhouses gases by preserving forests, encouraging greener travel for commuters, and incorporating energy savings and lower emissions in new building design. You can learn more about Blackcomb Helicopters’ ‘Fly Carbon Neutral’ program here:
We will arrange pre-made meals that are simple to prep for the group. The guide, camp manager and group will cook.
We will accommodate any dietary restrictions in our meal prepping.
Hell yah! Remember to keep within personal bag weight limits to avoid extra charges.
Smoking outside the tents or yurts is fine, be prepared to pack out any butts.
Please show up with a full water bottle.
We will fly in a few jugs and then melt and boil snow beyond that.
You can tip the staff by emailing us to create a tip invoice for you or we can do that at the office at the end of your trip.
lightweight ice axe
ski mountaineering harness
2 locking carabiners
2 non looking carabiner
sleeping bag – tents are heated so no need for a heavy winter sleeping bag
snow boots for walking around in the snow!
Hut shoes (optional)
BYOB (will have a keg for beer to purchase)
warm camp clothes
Signing up for the Evacuation Fund covers the cost of the helicopter evacuation in an emergency if you fall ill or get injured and need to immediately be taken to a higher level of care.
$50 per person, per trip, to be paid prior to the start of your trip date. Depending on the trip package you book, the evacuation fund could be included in the price of the trip. Please ask if you are unsure.
The evacuation fund is only available for McGillivray Pass Lodge, Peaks of Pemberton and Basecamp trips Without it you could be left to pay the bill for the helicopter if you are not otherwise insured. The cost of the flight will depend on flight time. You should expect this to be somewhere in the realm of $2000.
If you buy trip insurance make sure the provider knows that you will be backcountry ski touring and ask them if helicopter evacuation is covered.
For those with MSP, helicopter evacuation may be included in some cases, but the process will need to go through the proper chain of command via a 911 call and then be passed on to Search and Rescue. Having access to the evacuation fund allows us to bypass a potentially lengthy process and not take up the volunteer SAR resource. We go directly to our helicopter provider for the quickest possible extraction from the field. All our guides are certified Wilderness first responders and the decision to fly comes under the guidance of our Medical Directors.