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Whistler Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding provided by Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures

Whistler Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding

Whistler Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6–8 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
6
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    6–8 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    6
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Have you thought of trying backcountry skiing or snowboarding on your next ski vacation? Get away from the crowds on Whistler Mountain and into the peace and beauty just beyond the boundary lines. Spend a full day with the safety of one of our professional guides and learn the basics of the backcountry. No backcountry experience is required. You'll be getting into some gorgeous untracked snow!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Japanese, English, French, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
Japanese, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 18806P17
Important information
Inclusions
  • Guided tour
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Rental gear (skis or splitboard, boots, poles, backpack, etc.)
  • Lunch, snacks, beverages
  • Gratuity/tip for your guide
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Parking lot fees
  • Avalanche Safety Gear (can be rented)
  • Entry/Admission - Whistler Blackcomb
Duration
6–8 hours
Departure details
  • Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre, 4433 Sundial Pl #7, Whistler, BC V8E 1G7, Canada Located in the main Whistler Village just off the stroll near The Keg and Fanatyk Co.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All participants MUST be strong blue/intermediate level skiers or snowboarders.
  • A moderate level of fitness is required.
  • Minimum age is 15 years.
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 6 people per guide
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Inclusions
  • Guided tour
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Rental gear (skis or splitboard, boots, poles, backpack, etc.)
  • Lunch, snacks, beverages
  • Gratuity/tip for your guide
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Parking lot fees
  • Avalanche Safety Gear (can be rented)
  • Entry/Admission - Whistler Blackcomb
Departure details
  • Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre, 4433 Sundial Pl #7, Whistler, BC V8E 1G7, Canada Located in the main Whistler Village just off the stroll near The Keg and Fanatyk Co.
Duration
6–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • All participants MUST be strong blue/intermediate level skiers or snowboarders.
  • A moderate level of fitness is required.
  • Minimum age is 15 years.
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 6 people per guide
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jul. 4, 2020
A note from Whistler Intro to Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding
MSAA is helping it's clients Resume Adventures Safely.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre
    4433 Sundial Pl #7, Whistler, BC V8E 1G7, Canada
    Located in the main Whistler Village just off the stroll near The Keg and Fanatyk Co.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Whistler Blackcomb
    Stop: 7 hours - Admission excluded
    We go out and explore the backcountry just outside the ski resort on skis and snowboards. It's a great day to get a taste of the fresh snow away from the crowds.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Paullyb
Studham, UK108 contributions
Mar. 2020
I’ve been keen to try splitboarding for a few years now and saw this trip with MSAA and thought it looked ideal.
That proved to be the case, the small group met at the rental shop for a briefing and to pick up the kit that had been hired.
The guide, April, was very informative, friendly and highly professional - she was attentive to the needs of the group and as you’d expect from a mountain professional, she was able to adapt the day according to the conditions and needs of the group.
To get out into the back country and earn the turns was wonderful and with the right kit and instruction it was a lot easier than I had expected to get up the slopes.
Safety was always considered and a lot of knowledge imparted without ever being patronising or overwhelming.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and will look to do a follow-on course next time I am in the area - thanks 😃
Written March 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mountain_Skills
Hi Paul, thanks so much for the lovely review! We will pass on your kind words to April, and hope to see you again soon!
Written March 7, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Heather
1 contribution
Mar. 2021
I signed up for the Intro to Backcountry course and was quite nervous due to my lack of experience in the backcountry. Our guide, April, was extremely patient and understanding. I was definitely the slowest and the least experienced haha, but I never felt pressured and April and the group were incredibly helpful and reassuring. I can't recommend this course enough. It was the hardest thing I've done physically and I challenged/pushed myself harder than ever before. The entire team made me feel supported and I wouldn't have been able to do it without them. Huge shoutout to Ollie and Kat who answered all of my many questions and went the extra mile sending me info about transportation and rescheduling for me. Thank you for making this such an incredible experience! Will definitely take courses with them in the future.
Written April 5, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mountain_Skills
Thanks Heather! We're stoked that you had a great experience with April. Thank you for the great review and I will make sure we pass on the great feedback to Ollie and Kat. We're looking forward to having you in one of our AST1 courses in the future!
Written April 7, 2021
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Megan H
1 contribution
Jan. 2020
Loved the introduction to backcountry course! I have been wanting to get into ski touring for a while now and I finally decided to give it a go. The booking process was really easy and their staff are very helpful. I was the only one on the date that I picked and they let me know that the tour wouldn’t run unless there were at least two people. So I asked a few friends and it ended up being just myself and two of my close friends so it made for a very fun day that was tailored specifically to our needs. Eliel was a fantastic guide. We learnt a lot but also had so much fun. He was very patient and let us go our own pace. I felt very safe the whole time and I can’t wait to get out there and try it again! Highly recommend mountain skills academy!
Written February 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mountain_Skills
Thank you so much for your great review, Megan. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with MSAA. Eliel is a great guide and glad to hear you had a fun time! We look forward to inviting you on another tour in the future!
Written February 8, 2020
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Kwokamole
Vancouver, Canada24 contributions
Dec. 2020
What an amazing and professional program. Just completed my AST1 with April Mason who was an incredible teacher. Learned so much and feel so much more confident in the back country.

Highly recommend the program and will continue my mountain education with MSAA
Written December 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mountain_Skills
Thank you so much for your review! We'll make sure to pass on your kind words to April. Don't forget to contact us for your loyalty discount for any future tours/courses :)
Written December 19, 2020
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Michael Lane
1 contribution
Mar. 2021
Perfect spring skiing day on Blackcomb. Nolan helmed the day - pacing, instruction, tips and conversation were all great! Super first experience... it's the way to go. Ask for Nolan to guide ya.
Written March 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mountain_Skills
Awesome! Nolan is a star, we love that you had a great time with him. We hope to see you again soon!
Written March 18, 2021
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Bucketlist_86
Whistler, Canada21 contributions
Jan. 2020
I really enjoyed the 'Intro To Backcountry' program. The day was very informative and provided me with the knowledge and skills to confidently pursue more backcountry adventures.

Our guide, Eliel, was great. I would 100% recommend Mountain Skills Academy.
Written February 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mountain_Skills
Thank you so much for your review, and your kind words about Eliel. We will be sure to let him know you had a great time. We hope to see you again in the future!
Written February 8, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

NatKiwiWanderer
Auckland Central, New Zealand15 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Friends
I took this tour as I had never really ventured out of the resort, and hadn't had a chance to try splitboarding yet. The guides James and Lucinda were amazing. Both were super helpful in explaining how to split the boards, put on the skins etc, and were willing to answer my many questions about going backcountry. I really enjoyed the day and recommend it to anyone who wants to try splitboarding!
Written January 4, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Love hearing this! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to introduce you to the backcountry. It's a truly gorgeous way to enjoy the winter. Glad you enjoyed your day!
Written January 7, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Arthur G
1 contribution
Mar. 2022 • Solo
I had a super fun day and learned alot from my instructor Corey Woolnough! Thanks for the cool experience and peaking my interest even more.
Written March 3, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mountain_Skills
Hi, Thanks for the lovely review, and for mentioning Corey. We'll be sure to pass on your praises to him. We hope to see you again! -Kat
Written March 5, 2022
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Ned B
8 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Couples
Maria and Nic were great guides. Really helpful when we messed up our passes, explained safety stuff really well. Great opportunity to learn the basics of backcountry skiing!
Written February 20, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mountain_Skills
Hi! Thanks for leaving a review, and mentioning Maria & Nic. Our guides are always going above and beyond. We’ll be sure to share your praises with them! – Kat
Written February 26, 2022
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Nikol Marconova
5 contributions
Mar. 2021
Fantastic Experience. I participated in the Introduction to Split-boarding. Highly recommended! April is an excellent guide, patient and extremely knowledgeable.
Written March 28, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mountain_Skills
Thanks for the awesome review! We love that you had such a great time. We hope to see you again!
Written March 29, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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