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Whitecap, BC

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Trip Whitecap
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$3,250 $2,850
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Head to the backcountry of British Columbia for the adventure of a lifetime with our partners at Whitecap Alpine Adventures.

On this trip, you’ll fly to the McGillivray Pass Lodge via helicopter where you have amazing touring right from your door with UIGM/ACMG certified guides to help you find the goods. The evo and Whitecap Alpine teams will help you choose the dates that work best for you and pair you with the right group and ability level to maximize your experience. Trips are offered from Saturday to Tuesday (4 days) and from Tuesday to Saturday (5 days), depending on your preference. All evoTrip guests will receive a pair of Giro goggles to use on the trip and keep for future adventures! 

Please Note: The below itinerary section is based on a 4-day sample itinerary beginning on Saturday. 5- day itineraries departing on Tuesday will meet at the Pemberton airport at 10:30 am. Each Itinerary includes 3 days of skiing. Please see FAQ for available dates. 

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Itinerary
Itinerary
  • 1
    We recommend staying in Pemberton or Whistler the evening prior to departure to be well-rested for the first day. Arrive in your ski gear at Pemberton Airport at 10:30am ready for adventure. We will fly into McGillivray Pass Lodge, receive a safety briefing and head out for the first tour. After 3-4 hours of skiing we'll head back to the lodge to unwind and get to know the group.
  • 2
    Wake up and eat breakfast together at 7:30 am. Pack your lunch and head out between 8:30 - 9:15 am for a full day of skiing or split boarding. Whitecap Mountain Guides will make suggestions and describe touring options to us to contribute to decisions about what is both achievable, and appropriate. Enjoy a hot shower or sauna before dinner, or just hit the sofa. Later we'll enjoy a freshly prepared family-style meal before bed time.
  • 3
    Repeat! Head out with your group and guides for another awesome day. Whitecap Alpine will help pair you with a group that matches your touring style and ability. Generally more moderately paced groups will ski/ride up to 1000m / 3000ft / day, whereas the 'aggressively paced' groups will ski up to 3000m / 10,000ft /day.
  • 4
    Repeat! Enjoy your last day of riding. The long days and a quickly stabilizing snowpack allows for the widest range of terrain options, summits, and steep descents. More convective snowfall brings some of the best quality snow of the season, and we will take full advantage. On our final night, we'll enjoy a special celebration with the group before preparing to head back home.
  • 5
    Rise and shine for your final breakfast. The first helicopter will depart at 9 am to take our group back to Pemberton and head home. It will take about 2 hours to travel back to Vancouver, so don't schedule any flights before 1pm.
Trip Package Includes
  • Three nights accommodation (for Saturday to Tuesday stays) or four nights accommodation (for Tuesday to Saturday stays) in a double or quad room at McGillivray Pass Lodge
  • A certified U.I.A.G.M / A.C.M.G mountain guide
  • Helicopter transport into and out of the lodge from Anderson Lake 45 minutes from Pemberton Airport
  • All meals prepared by the McGillivray Pass Lodge
  • 1 pair of Giro goggles Article Goggles (men's), Lusi Goggles (women's) or similar
  • An Arc'teryx Proton LT Hoodie
  • One-time 20% off discount code for evo.com
Not Included
  • Transportation to and from Pemberton Airport and to and from Anderson Lake Helicopter staging area
  • Lodging in Pemberton or Whistler prior to your arrival (we can help arrange this)
  • Any specialty or alcoholic beverages (you may bring your own drinks)
  • Any additional guide or backcountry services (heli assist available)
  • Travel Insurance (we recommend World Nomads
  • Tips for your mountain guides (if you choose to leave one)

    Questions? Call or email us
Area Information
The Whitecap Area

Whitecap is located 75km North East of Whistler and 50Km NE of Pemberton in beautiful British Columbia. The area offers 85 square kilometers of terrain with a combination of east-west valleys and navigable ridgelines with space for big open turns leading into gladed trees and natural half pipes. This is the perfect destination for backcountry skiing and splitboarding - with options galore. We'll split into groups and find the best terrain on days ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 meters. The professional guides know this area well and will take you to the best terrain available based on snowfall, safety, and group goals.

Trip Planning

Trip Planning

Proper equipment in good working order makes for a comfortable and worry-free outdoor adventure. Whitecap Alpine recommends that all guests have current powder skiing equipment to ensure the best possible experience and pack layers for changing conditions. We also advise that all specific safety equipment be tested prior to arrival.
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FAQ
FAQ
  • When do these trips run and how do I book?
    Trips run Saturday - Tuesday (4 days) and Tuesday - Saturday (5 days) throughout the season. If you have dates in mind please inquire with evo for availability and for group fit. evo and Whitecap will help pair you with a group of similar skiers or riders based on your ability level and how much you wish to tour each day.
  • How does Whitecap pair groups? And what ability level can I be?
    Groups are managed based on individual desires, interests, and abilities. They generally run two main groups and at times up to three based on the number of guests are interested in skiing and their ability levels. There is usually one stronger group, one moderate paced group and at times a third group focused on a specific speed, which could be ultra-fast or completely mellow. We are more than happy to cater to novice backcountry users all the way up to the hammerheads. We generally have two guides and one assistant, at times we have three guides and one assistant.
  • What dates are available?
    As of 10/15/2019, there is availability on the following trips: (Please double check with evo to make sure that dates are still available. Whitecap may suggest different dates based on the criteria listed in the question above.) Jan. 18 - 21, 2020 Mar. 10 - 14, 2020 Mar. 17 - 21, 2020 Mar. 24 - 28, 2020 Apr. 4 - 7, 2020
  • Who are the guides?
    Whitecap guides are all UIGM /ACMG certified and are at the top of their class in, skiing, snowboarding and navigating the backcountry. Their guides practice the most up-to-date methods of snow evaluation and rescue techniques.
  • Can I choose my roommate?
    Yes. If you have a roommate request, please let us know. By default, we will place two-four guests per room.
  • Can I book a private room?
    No, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate private rooms on this trip.
  • I am a beginner / intermediate / advanced level of skier / snowboarder. Will there be terrain for me?
    In short, yes. evo and Whitecap will help place you in a group with similar abilities and all groups touring out of the lodge will be fully guided, both to make the best use of the terrain and for your own safety. If that sounds tame, rest assured it’s not – experts will find plenty to test their ability, while newcomers to touring won’t feel hopelessly out of their element. Trust your guides to find the best snow on any given day – that can be anything from a glorious open summit in full sun to awesome lower elevation tree skiing if it’s storming. We recommend this trip to guests with some backcountry touring or side-country experience and at least a moderate physical fitness level. Every day at Whitecap is different. An ‘easy day’ will include 1-2 runs close to home (450-700m/1500-2000 ft) followed by lunch at the lodge, or a cross-country ski in the valley. A ‘large day’ includes various high alpine circuits up to 1500-3000m/6000-10,000 ft of skiing and snowboarding, with lunch on the go.
  • Are rentals available or do I need to bring my own equipment?
    Yes, G3 rental gear is available and can be rented directly through Whitecap Alpine. Please inquire with evo for pricing. Avalanche safety equipment is required for backcountry riding and rentals are also available upon request.
  • How do I get there?
    We suggest staying in either Whistler or Pemberton in order to allow time to arrive at the Pemberton Airport for your Heli debriefing. After that you will need to make your way to the Heli staging area in D'Arcy on Anderson Lake, about 45 minutes from Pemberton Airport. To get to the airport: follow signs along the highway for direction. The main routes to Pemberton are from Vancouver or from Kamloops and the Interior (we will provide clear directions upon booking). Driving Times: Vancouver – 2.5 hrs; Whistler – 30 min; Seattle – 4.5 hrs; Kamloops – 4 hrs. After meeting at the airport guests will get directions to the staging area. Please be aware that taxis are not available in the area so please bring your own vehicle or rent a car.
  • What is included in this trip?
    This trip includes: Transportation by helicopter from Anderson Lake to McGillivray Pass Lodge, lodging in a double or quad room, all meals and 3 days of guided skiing or snowboarding.
  • What is NOT included in this trip?
    Transportation to and from Pemberton Airport and Anderson Lake. Wifi is available for purchase for $15 for the week. Alcoholic and specialty drinks (you can bring your own if you would like to pack it). We also recommend bringing along a tip for your guide, tipping is not required but greatly appreciated!
  • I am gluten-free / vegetarian / halal/kosher… will there be food options available for me?
    Yes, and… The lodge will do it's very best to accommodate all dietary restrictions, For special needs, we recommend you contact us via email ([email protected]) with your specific questions. For all dietary restrictions, we recommend that you bring some snacks just in case.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    evo will refer to Whitecap Alpine’s cancelation policy: All cancellations must be received in writing. If a notice is received more than ten weeks prior to the starting date you have two options: a) You may rebook your reservation if you find an alternative date of the same season at Whitecap and McGillivray Pass Lodge, or Whitecap International. b) You will be given a full refund, less a $400 administration fee If notice is received less than 10 weeks prior to the starting date, no money will be refunded. There is no refund for leaving early or arriving late
  • Can I just pay the full amount now? // When is the full amount due?
    Yes. You can pay the full amount now, but we will consider $1,000 to be a non-refundable deposit in accordance with the contract. The full payment is due 70 days prior to departure.
  • When and how do I meet up with the group?
    You are responsible for booking your own travel and you must arrive at the Pemberton Airport the appointed time on your day of departure (Saturday departures will meet at 8am Tuesday departures will be at 10:30am) . Please be sure to bring your own vehicle to the airport as the heli - staging area is a 45-minute drive from the airport.
Testimonials
The guides at Whitecap are incredible. It snowed over 50cm while we were there and the guides knew exactly where to take us for amazing skiing that was safe and accessible. Hot meals, comfortable accommodations, and a warm shower after a day of hard skiing… can’t get much better than that.
Carly
evo Marketing Manager

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Itinerary
Winter Backcountry Adventure
Voucher valid for 4 or 5 day package, January 4 - April 7, 2020
  • 1
    We recommend staying in Pemberton or Whistler the day before the trip starts to be well-rested for the first day. Arrive in your ski gear at Pemberton Airport at 8:00am ready for adventure. We will fly into McGillivray Pass Lodge, receive a safety briefing and head out for the first tour. After 3-4 hours of skiing, we'll head back to the lodge to unwind and get to know the group.
  • 2
    Wake up and eat breakfast together at 7:30 am. Pack your lunch and head out between 8:30 - 9:15 am for a full day of skiing or split boarding. Whitecap Mountain Guides will make suggestions and describe touring options to us to contribute to decisions about what is both achievable, and appropriate. Enjoy a hot shower or sauna before dinner, or just hit the sofa. Later we'll enjoy a freshly prepared family-style meal before bed time.
  • 3
    Repeat! We will split into two or three groups by ability and choose our terrain under the leadership of certified mountain guides. The 'moderately paced' group will ski up to 1000m /3000ft / day, whereas the 'aggressively paced' group will ski up to 3000m /10,000ft /day. After a day of skiing, we'll head back to the lodge where we'll be greeted with delicious après ski snacks and beverages.
  • 4
    Rise and shine for your final breakfast and get ready to enjoy your last day of riding. We'll head out for about three hours of skiing, hitting as much terrain as possible before loading our gear and heading out around noon, expected Pemberton arrival at 1pm. It will take a few hours to get back to Vancouver, so be sure to schedule evening flights if you are traveling via air.
Trip Package Includes
  • Three nights accommodation (for Saturday to Tuesday stays) or four nights accommodation (for Tuesday to Saturday stays) in a double or quad room at McGillivray Pass Lodge
  • A certified U.I.A.G.M / A.C.M.G mountain guide
  • Helicopter transport into and out of the lodge from Anderson Lake 45 minutes from Pemberton Airport
  • All meals prepared by the McGillivray Pass Lodge
  • 1 pair of Giro goggles Article Goggles (men's), Lusi Goggles (women's) or similar
  • An Arc'teryx Proton LT Hoodie
  • One-time 20% off discount code for evo.com
Not Included
  • Transportation to and from Pemberton Airport and to and from Anderson Lake Helicopter staging area
  • Lodging in Pemberton or Whistler prior to your arrival (we can help arrange this)
  • Any specialty or alcoholic beverages (you may bring your own drinks)
  • Any additional guide or backcountry services (heli assist available)
  • Travel Insurance (we recommend World Nomads
  • Tips for your mountain guides (if you choose to leave one)

    Questions? Call or email us

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Coming Soon
$$$$$ $$$$$
Sorry, this trip is sold out
Questions? Let us help! Call us at
1-866-386-1590