Nomads is full day guided backcountry skiing day trips within driving range of Vancouver.

Tired of trying to figure out where the best skiing is after a storm or driving on winter roads? We depart the Vancouver area early in the morning and get you back home after a full day of shredding powder. All you have to do is pack a lunch, show up, and we do the rest.

Our guides love to safely explore new zones and seek out the best powder skiing around. BC Ski Guides is a full service guiding company with permits to operate in Whistler/Blackcomb, Squamish, Coquihalla, Manning Park, and Duffey Lake!

Nomad Van: Our car pooling van will depart from a Vancouver area Park and Ride lot. We are always psyched on skiing and love to chat about the mountains. However, the van is YOUR chill zone. So if you’re the kind of person that likes to listen to your own headphones and enjoy having someone else drive for you, just know that is totally ok and completely supported!

Still want to drive your own vehicle and not carpool with us? No problem, we will let you know the destination and meet you at the trailhead.

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Schedule:

  • Season runs from December (or earlier if conditions permit) through to March 31
  • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • 2 days per week have pre selected locations
  • 2 days per week are Wildcard Days! North Shore, Coquihalla, Squamish, Manning Park, Duffey Lake, Whistler
  • Note: For wildcard days, the location will be announced 1 week before the trip date
  • Separate Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert Groups

Who’s it for?

  • Beginner/Intermediate: Fitness for 500m-1000m of vertical climbing and confidently ski a black diamond run inbounds. Slower pace overall with lots of breaks and coaching.
  • Intermediate/Advanced: 1000-1500m vertical climbing and confidently ski a double black diamond inbounds. Fitness for a full day in the mountains. Previous backcountry experience required. We still stop for for lunch and breaks!

Nomads – 2024/2025 Season

Spring promotion! Purchase your pass before May 15, 2024 and receive 1 additional bonus punch. Valid for 4 and 8 punch passes only.

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1 Punch Pass $275 CAD BUY NOW (CHECKBOX ABOVE)
4 Punch Pass (Spring Promo +1 = 5 Punches) $799 CAD BUY NOW (CHECKBOX ABOVE)
8 Punch Pass (Spring Promo +1 = 9 Punches) $1436 CAD BUY NOW (CHECKBOX ABOVE)

New for 2024/25 Season:

  1. Unused Punch Carry Over: 50% any unused days in the 2024/25 season will be carried forward to following season with the purchase of an equivalent pass.
  2. Bring A Friend: Use 1 of your punches to bring a friend (8 punch pass only)

After you purchase your pass, you will receive access to the Nomads Online Pass Manager where you can register for each trip.

The Rules of Backcountry Nomads

  1. Be ready to meet some awesome new people and explore some new powder zones!
  2. You must register to attend. Group size limits must be respected.
  3. Minimum group size of 3 required to run a day
  4. If you need to cancel for any reason, you may do so via our online system up to 48 hrs prior.
  5. No shows or cancellations within 48hrs are non refundable and no credits.
  6. Punches are non-transferable to other people.
  7. Unused punches at the end of the season expire without refund or credit towards future season.
  8. Deposits are non-refundable
  9. Anyone who does not follow the guide’s instructions or compromises safety will be removed from Nomads with no refund.
INCLUDED
Transportation from Vancouver area Park and Ride in our carpooling van
Small Group Size (Max 6)
Includes Avalanche Rescue Training
Mentoring and Coaching
Bring a friend
Access to the new “Nomads XL” trips: Steep Skiing Clinic, Road Trips, Heli Drops, and Spearhead Traverse
15% discount on ALL BC Ski Guides courses (AST and Crevasse Rescue)
NOT INCLUDED
Avalanche Equipment (Available for rent from us)
Whistler/Blackcomb Days require an additional WB backcountry pass or your own EPIC/WB pass

Extra Perks:

  • Includes a free ride in our car pooling sprinter 4×4 passenger van
  • Includes Avalanche Rescue Training
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Nomads Points Program (Details coming soon)
  • Bring a friend discounted pass (Details coming soon)
  • Access to the new “Nomads XL” trips: Steep Skiing Clinic, Road Trips, Heli Drops, and Spearhead Traverse
  • Includes 15% discount on ALL BC Ski Guides courses (AST and Crevasse Rescue)
  • 6:00AM Depart North Vancouver
  • Backcountry Skiing and Riding!
  • 6:00PM Arrive back in North Vancouver
  • You will need the following gear, contact us if you need any recommendations:

    • Face mask or ski mask
    • Personal hand sanitizer
    • Alpine touring boots, skis or split-board, poles, skins
    • Avalanche kit: transceiver (digital), probe, shovel. We can provide rentals if required.
    • Medium sized backpack (20 to 30l)
    • Lunch, snacks, and water
    • Helmet is recommended
    • Ski googles
    • Headlamp
    • Warm clothing and down jacket
    • Goretex Jacket & Pants
    • Breathable windproof jacket uphill travel
    • Thin gloves for uphill travel
    • Warm gloves and touque
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