Duffey Lake Backcountry Touring

Types: Ski and Snowboarding, Touring

Region: Sea to Sky

Duffey Lake Backcountry Touring

Duffey Lake backcountry offer some of the best road access ski touring & Ski Mountaineering Adventures in the Coast Range.

Duffey Lake Backcountry Touring

The Duffey Lake backcountry ski touring areas offer some of the best road access backcountry ski touring & Ski Mountaineering Adventures in the Coast Range! This premier backcountry zone has amazing terrain, great snow and a wide variety of fairly easy to access ski areas. We offer a wide range of single and multi-day guided backcountry ski trips into the area from custom adventures to a scheduled weekly outing. It's also one of our go-to areas for teaching AST w2 courses because of the wide range of easy to access terrain that's available.

Location & Access:

Duffey Lake Backcountry zone is located just east of Pemberton, a short drive north of Whistler. The various ski areas in the Duffey lake zone are all accessed right off the side of highway 99. No need for a 4x4 or snowmobile!

Popular Tours:

The Duffey Lake Backcountry area has really gained in popularity in the last couple of years due to the easy access and great snow. However, our guides know how to find some great pow stashes that are a little off the beaten path or you can choose an ultra-classic route like:

  • Mt. Rohr
  • Marriott Basin
  • Cayoosh
  • Saxifrage
  • Mt. Joffre

Who’s this trip for:

From beginner to advanced skiers and split boarders we can find the terrain and trip to match. A reasonably level of fitness is needed but no backcountry or avalanche experience necessary. Let us show you the secret backcountry power stashes and amazing big mountain lines that only the locals know about!

How does it work:

There are two ways to sign up for one of our Duffy Lake backcountry trips.

  1. By-Weekly Trips: Just sign up for one of the trips we run every second weekend and and meet some new friends
  2. Private Trip: Let us know what you're looking for and we'll put a custom trip together for you and your ski buddies.


There are a number of amazing ski areas in the Duffy that are just too far to get to in a reasonable day. That's where the heli-access option really shines. We catch a helicopter lift up in the am and start skiing in zones very seldom visited. Then, after we've had a few amazing laps, we ski down to a car that we've staged on the Duffey Lake road. This option is only available on private trips.

Custom Dates Available

Just let us know what dates will work for you and we'll put together a custom package.

Fine Print:

  • 7:30am: meet in Pemberton to sign waivers and get organized
  • 7:45am: Drive up the highway to the Duffey Area
  • 4:30pm: Back in Pemberton for a burger and beer

This general itinerary may change slightly depending on the group and the specific area we’re going to. You will get a confirmation email with all the logistics from your guide.

Duffey Lake Backcountry Touring


  • Huge variety of great skiing
  • Amazing views
Types Ski and Snowboarding, Touring
Region Sea to Sky
Season December to April
Prices From N/A

Difficulty: Difficulty: Intermediate Intermediate

We can tailor this trip to a variety of skill levels.

What's Included

  • ACMG Certified Guide
  • Group Equipment
  • A Great Time

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to the Trailhead
  • Personal Ski Gear
  • Safety Equipment (rentals available upon request)
  • Food

Personal Equipment

  • 20-30L Ski Pack
  • Ski Poles, Skis & Skins (or splitboard)
  • Helmet (optional)
  • Sunglasses & Goggles
  • Sun and Lip Cream
  • Camera (optional)
  • Face mask


  • Wool and/or Synthetic Socks
  • Base Layer & Bottom
  • Mid-Insulation Fleece or Puffy Jacket
  • Gore-Tex or similar ski jacket
  • Gore-Tex or similar pants
  • Warm Outer Puffy Jacket
  • Toque – Wool or Synthetic
  • Brimmed Cap
  • Face Warmer – Scarf, neck tube, face mask, Buff, etc.
  • Light Gloves & Insulated Gloves or Mitts

Safety Equipment*

  • 3 Antenna Avalanche Transceiver
  • Shovel & Probe

* Rentals available


  • Lunch & Snacks
  • 1L of Water or Tea

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