Spearhead Range Ski Traverse is the most famous and classic traverse in BC! The route goes from Blackcomb to Whistler through the Spearhead Mountain Range. This ski tour crosses over a dozen different glaciers and travels through spectacular high alpine terrain the entire way. Bring your camera, the views and skiing are spectacular! Depending upon conditions and fitness levels, there are many options for climbing peaks and skiing additional classic runs enroute.
Time permitting, there are many excellent optional ski ascents and descents enroute including: Decker, Patterson, Tremor, MacBeth, Overlord.
The trip is tent based accommodation with delicious meals.
Important:You will be required to sign a waiver at the beginning of your trip. Please ensure you have read and understood the waiver prior to the trip start date.
Guided Trip Waiver: ACMGRELEASE.pdf
Who’s it for:
You should be fit enough to carry an overnight pack in the mountains for multiple consecutive days. You should also be capable of skiing black diamond runs inbounds confidently.
Dates: March 8-10, 2019 (3 Days)*
- $625 + GST per person
*Pending approval of BC Parks Permit Request
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Lift Co Coffee Company, Whistler Villiage|
|MEETING TIME||08:00 AM|
Day 1: Blackcomb to Patterson Zone
7:30am Meeting in Whistler Villiage where we will review current conditions and gear for the trip. 8:30am avalanche response training. Afterwards we will take the chairlifts to the top of the Blackcomb Ski Area and begin our traverse. Expect to travel about 6 to 8 hours on the first day.
Day 2: Patterson to Naden Glacier.
Continuing along the Spearhead Traverse route, we will travel through the Patterson, Tremor, Platform Glacier, and RipSaw zones to reach our camp on the Naden Glacier. Spectacular views of the Spearhead Range and the McBride Range can be seen enroute.
Day 3: Naden to Singing Pass
Travel from Naden into the crux of the route as it weaves up and over the Fitzsimmons glacier. Epic views with great ski descents down the overlord and whirlwind glaciers. Ski out via the singing pass to return to Whistler villiage.
You will need the following gear for your trip:
- Alpine touring skis or split-board
- Climbing skins
- Touring boots
- Ski crampons
- Boot crampons
- Ice axe
- Avalanche kit: transceiver (digital), probe, shovel
- 1 Locking Caribiner
- 2x 6mm Cord
- Ice screw
- Ski googles
- Sun glasses
- Sun screen
- Sun hat
- Large sized backpack (60 to 80l)
- Warm sleeping bag (-15 rating or higher)
- Insulated ground mattress
- Down jacket
- 2 pairs of Gloves
- Waterproof shell pants and jacket
- Base and mid layers
- Windproof jacket