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Zahan Billimoria

International Mountain Guide

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COAST RANGE & INTERIOR BC

From the majestic Coast Range where snow plasters the most improbable faces, to the Selkirks and the Interior Ranges where deep stable powder, huge mountains, and untrammeled wilderness stretch from Nelson BC to the Northwest Territories, you could spend every waking hour of your life exploring British Columbia alone.

OPTION I - WHISTLER BASECAMP

USING WHISTLER AS OUR BASE, WE SPEND 4-5 DAYS SKIING AND RIDING THE SURROUNDING TERRAIN - FROM HELICOPTER BUMPS INTO THE TANTALUS RANGE, TO QUIET DAYS OF SKI TOURING IN THE NEARBY JOFFRE AREA - THE WHISTLER BASECAMP PROVIDES EASY ACCESS TO SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TERRAIN THE COAST RANGE HAS TO OFFER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming home from an epic day in the Spearhead Range
Aussie Couloir, Mt Joffre
Fissile Peak, Spearhead Range
PHOTOS FROM PAST 'WHISTLER BASECAMP' TRIPS
 
 

With a hotel stay in downtown Whistler we are a stones thrown from 4 different zones.

I. SPEARHEAD RANGE The Spearhead is an beautiful high alpine range stacked with big faces, spines and couloirs. After breakfast and second cup of coffee, a few minutes walk leads to the Whistler lifts and direct access to the backcountry. A lifetime of touring exists beyond the gates. The day ends with a 6000' run back to the hotel!

II. MOUNT JOFFRE A short drive to the East puts us at the Mt Joffre trailhead where the high peaks tower above the road. The Aussie Couloir, the Million Dollar Couloir and the NW face of Matier are jewels of this wilderness zone. The Joffre area tends to receive more stable weather and can often yield sunny skies, even when Whistler is locked in the cloud. 

III. THE TANTALUS RANGE In classical mythology Tantalus was a paradise that remained out of reach - where fruit hung on the branches, but always receded when reached for. So it is with this mystical little range, where big storms surging off the pacific hit here first. In March & April weather windows increase and make a trip into the Tantalus very appealing. From neighboring Whistler we can be at the helicopter pad in 30 minutes and when the weather lines up you might just ride the runs of your life and be back in time for dinner. 

IV. MOUNT CURRIE 20 minutes up the road from Whistler lies the sleepy town of Pemberton. Home to some of the most hard-charging skiers on the planet, for a good reason. Presiding above the Pemberton is Mt Currie's 8'000' North face. A 10 minute heli bump can put us in the heart of the backcountry terrain on the south side of the mountain, where big mountain touring abounds. At the end of the day a mind-altering 8'000 ft couloir run leads back to the car.

OPTION II - ROGERS PASS & REVELSTOKE, BC

A HUMAN POWERED BACKCOUNTRY MECCA IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN. MASSIVE TERRAIN, EASY ACCESS AND A RELIABLY DEEP SNOWPACK. A HIGH LEVEL OF FITNESS, AND A MINIMUM OF 7 DAYS IS REQUIRED TO MAKE THE MOST OF THIS TRIP.

OVERALL COST

Rates (approx)

Inclusive Rate: guide fees, permits, hotel, lift tickets (2 days) and rental car. Does not include meals, gas or airfare

$7900 2:1 Client Ratio

LODGING

Lodge

Best overall location is Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Nearby Golden is a cheaper, though less lively option.

 LEVEL

Intermediate & Above

Adventure skiers and riders with good fitness.

GETTING HERE

Flights

Fly into Kelowna (2.5hrs from Revelstoke) or Calgary (4.5hrs from Revelstoke) Depending on preferences 

OVERALL COST

Rates (approx)

Inclusive Rate: guide fees, permits, hotel and rental car. Does not include meals, gas or airfare

$7900 2:1 Client Ratio

LODGING

Lodge

Best overall location is Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a cheaper, though less lively option.

SKIING LEVEL

Intermediate & Above

Adventure skiers and riders with good fitness.

GETTING HERE

Flights

Fly into Kelowna (2.5hrs from Revelstoke) or Calgary (4.5hrs from Revelstoke) Depending on preferences 

PHOTOS FROM PAST ROGERS PASS & REVELSTOKE, BC TRIPS
Looking Down the North Face of Cheops

Rogers Pass might have the highest concentration of big mountain riding of any road in the world. Roger Pass is on par with some of the most famous ski destinations on the planet like Chamonix, France or Valdez, Alaska. From playful pillow zones, endless tree skiing, couloirs to high alpine faces Rogers Pass rewards skiers with solid fitness. Staying in nearby Revelstoke, allows for recovery days, where a big breakfast, a late start and lift bump can can yield great riding with less effort. 

 

OPTION III - BC SKI EXPEDITION

WE PICK AN AREA STACKED WITH HUGE SKI LINES, AND ESTABLISH A PLUSH BASECAMP RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. SHRED BY DAY, AND ENJOY BIG MEALS AND 5 STAR CAMPING AT NIGHT! THIS IS THE ULTIMATE BIG MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE FOR THE SEASONED SKIER OR RIDER. 

OVERALL COST

Rates (approx)

Inclusive Rate: guide fees, food, heli flights, permits, food and pre-post hotel. Does not include gas or airfare.

$8100 4:2 Client Ratio based on 7 day trip, 5 days skiing

LODGING

Lodge

High comfort glacier camping, individual sleeping tents and a group tent to cook and hang out in. Great meals, music and board games by night!

SKIING LEVEL

Intermediate & Above

Adventure skiers and riders with good fitness.

GETTING HERE

Helicopter Flight

Heli access from Pemberton directly to camp. Over 100lbs of weight allowance per person. 

PHOTOS FROM PAST BC SKI EXPEDITIONS
Couloirs within striking distance from Camp Samspon. Coast Range, BC 2018
Northern Lights over Camp Sessel. Photo: Ian McIntosh
Mt Delilah, Coast Range BC

Wilderness ski expeditions are the missions that we dream of. Huge terrain in a remote setting, with a plush camp to come home to every night - in my opinion these trips are the pinnacle experience for skiers and riders. 

I. CAMPING With a gear allowance of over 100lbs per person (not including food and group gear) there is enough room in the helicopter for each person to bring their own plush sleeping accomodations. The group tent is stocked with chairs, lanterns, a stereo and a coleman stove which also acts as a heater. Evening meals consist of tacos, steaks and stir fries. For breakfast we make burritos, pancakes with maple syrup or french toast with fresh fruit and cream. I will provide all of the group equipment, and each guest is responsible for their own sleeping and tent kit. I have winter camping kits for rent of you need. 

II. TERRAIN & RIDING We aim to establish basecamps in the high alpine with easy access to the big lines. As a result we spend very little time approaching, and maximum time skiing. Nonetheless the nature of these types of expeditions requires good fitness, as all of the travel (once we are in camp) is entirely human powered. We try to pick locations that have a mix of aspects and slope angles, with inspiring high alpine terrain, glaciated faces, spine walls and couloirs.

III. ITINERARY Count on 8-10 days from door to door. Once we arrive in Revelstoke or Vancouver we make a group run to the grocery store to stock up for the trip. We can often do this on the day we arrive, leaving the first day open to fly into basecamp (weather permitting). Depending on the mission and the zone we are in, you can plan on 5-8 days in camp. We try to come back to civilization the night before our flight out which makes these trips very time efficient. As with all helicopter based operations, the flights in and out are always weather dependent. One of the best things about both Revelstoke or Pemberton is that if the helicopter cannot fly on the schedule departure date there is amazing skiing to be done while we wait.

IV GROUP SIZE. Minimum group size is 2 riders and 2 guides, but the trip can be expanded to fit almost any group size.