• McGillvary Pass backcountry ski lodge

McGillivray Pass Backcountry Ski Lodge

Does combining a remote mountain locale with the relative luxury of a fully catered backcountry lodge sound like the ultimate ski touring experience? Days are spent enjoying the diverse terrain at the edge of the South Chilcotins Mountains and every evening you return to the revered McGillivary Pass Lodge where a hot shower, sauna and fine cuisine await you every evening. Did we mention this ski touring lodge is exclusively accessed by helicopter? Welcome to our winter week with Powder Guides.

PROGRAM DETAILS

LOCATION: McGillivary Lodge
DATES: Contact Us
DURATION: 1 Week
PRICE: $2350.00

Overview

McGillivray Pass Backcountry Ski Tour

The week begins at Pemberton airport just 20 minutes’ drive north of Whistler on Highway 99. Arriving dressed to ski and ride, guests receive a quick safety briefing before climbing aboard the heli for the 20 minute flight to McGillivary Pass Lodge. Upon arrival, guests are received by their host and given an orientation before clicking into their ski touring bindings for the first day of backcountry skiing.

The terrain surrounding this backcountry lodge can accommodate moderate to advanced skiing in all types of weather conditions. When storms roll in you’ll spend your days touring through the treeline before descending gladed slopes filled with powder. When the sun is out and slope conditions are safe, the alpine will beckon with alpine bowls and glacier runs. After a full day of mountain adventure, the lodge will be welcome you home with your favourite hot or cold beverage an apres snacks as you unwind from your big day.
There are no bad days with Powder Guides, only days that are a different type of outdoor experience. If there are different skill levels within the group, two guides may be assigned to each group to accommodate everyone’s goals. With the privacy of staying at this intimate backcountry lodge in the remoteness of the South Chilcotins, your terrain choice is limitless with the only sound being the alpine wind or the friendly chat between guests. There’s a reason why heli-accessed ski touring lodges are considered the pinnacle of the self-propelled winter backcountry experience.

Whatever experience you choose for your week with Powder Guides, rest assured it will be one of the most memorable backcountry trips of your life. Our ACMG qualified guides will ensure you get the most out of your time whether it’s backcountry ski vacation or a fully fledged mountain adventure complete with  ridge climbs, summits and steep descents. If you have spent time ski touring in Whistler and want to escape the well trodden skin tracks close to the resort, a week with Powder Guides could be just what the doctor ordered.

Included

All prices include: A.C.M.G. Ski guide

  • Helicopter transport into and out from the lodge
  • All food and meals prepared by a chef
  • Accommodation at McGillivray Pass Lodge
  • All pricing in Canadian dollars and not including applicable tax
Not Included

Personal ski gear and transportation to Pemberton.

Equipment & Terms

Click here to review the Equipment List.

The policies and the fine print can be be viewed on our Booking Policy Page.

To book a trip or if you have any questions please Contact Us.

Lodge & Dinning

A typical day at McGillivary Pass Lodge begins with a hearty breakfast including a cup of world renowned “Ronnie’s Coffee” and is a great time to get to know the other guests. Guides will brief the groups on the day’s itinerary before everyone suits up and begins their day of ski touring.

Days vary from a relaxed one or two runs (450-700m/1500-2000 ft)  close to home with lunch back at the lodge or an afternoon of Nordic skiing in the valley. The big days include various high alpine circuits clocking up as much as  1500-3000m/6000-10,000 ft  with lunch on the go.

After returning to the lodge, celebrate your achievements of the day with an apres drink and some snacks before letting your tired muscles relax in the hot shower and sauna. Dinner time is always a family affair at this backcountry lodge with communal dining serving a specialty menu prepared by the lodge’s resident chef. Only the freshest ingredients are used with a focus on healthy dishes to let you refuel for your next day of epic backcountry skiing.

Why Book

McGillivray Lodge is located on the eastern edge of the Coast Range Mountains providing a backcountry skiing paradise in the British Columbia Mountains wilderness. McGillivray Lodge is surrounded by  epic glades and high alpine bowls making for an exciting ski touring adventure. Nothing beats a day of exploring the beautiful mountains surrounded by the lodge and coming back to a warm home cooked meal. McGillivray is perfect combination of comfort and luxury found in a remote mountain setting.

Let Powder Guides introduce you to the incredible backcountry skiing surrounding McGillivray Lodge. We will find the terrain that is best suited for your ability and spend the week exploring a variety of the areas right outside the lodge’s door. Come ski with Powder Guides and experience an unforgettable backcountry ski touring adventure!