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Backcountry Touring

The Backcountry Adventure Is Now Yours for the Taking

Summit Mountain Guides

Summit Mountain Guides are the experts at professional mountain guiding services and instruction for the vertically inclined. Their winter and summer programs include beginner to advanced mountaineering, backcountry ski touring, ice climbing, rock climbing, trekking and hiking trips – all with professionally certified and experienced IFMGA/ACMG guides.

If you are a beginner, your guide will introduce and coach you on skills for using your equipment, how to tour up and provide tips for skiing and boarding in backcountry powder. The program includes your avalanche equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) but not your ski touring equipment.

If you have previous experience, you will know how to use your touring and avalanche equipment and follow a guide’s up track which leaves you to enjoy multiple runs in the backcountry and the powder experience. The amount of vertical daily will vary depending on group skill, experience and fitness. This program includes guiding but not your touring or avalanche equipment (beacon, probe, and shovel) however both are available for rental.

Kootenay Backcountry Guides

Welcome to Kootenay Backcountry Guides! The Kootenay’s local backcountry ski touring and avalanche safety experts. We are fully trained Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and Canadian Avalanche Association Professionals. Our mission is to connect you to Kootenay’s local scene and provide you with a safe and fun backcountry experience. We offer custom guided ski touring trips and backcountry avalanche education courses. We make your powder dreams a reality! 

You can email or call us at 778-457-5001 to speak with a Get Lost Adventure Centre representative about booking your next adventure with Summit Mountain Guides and Kootenay Backcountry Guides! Or feel free to stop by in person – located next to the magic carpet and the base lodge.


Whether you have never backcountry skied or snowboarded before, or you have some ski touring or split-board touring experience behind you, this custom trip is ideal for you.

Full Day
1:6 $137.50 per person
1:5 $152 per person
1:4 $173.50 per person
1:3 $210 per person
1:2 $282.50 per person
1:1 $500 per person

Locations

Mount Brennan or London Ridge:
The Kaslo-New Denver highway gives quick access to some of the bigger alpine ski tours in the area. Both Mt Brennan and London Ridge offer vast and exposed alpine terrain, fantastically long ski descents and some of the most impressive local mountain scenery. To optimize your experience, these tours are best done in the Spring when the days longer, the snowpack deeper and temperatures warmer.

Selkirk, Monashee and Purcell Mountains, B.C. Backcountry Day Ski Touring:
Discover the legendary powder, diverse terrain and consistently deep snow found in the mountains around Nelson, Rossland and Kaslo. Expand your avalanche and mountain knowledge while backcountry skiing with a seasoned local guide. Our day trips take place in the stunning backcountry of the Monashee, Selkirk and Purcell Mountains.  Whether you are a beginner or advanced skier we offer trips based on your skiing background.  Our low guest to guide ratio maximize a safe and personal backcountry ski touring experience. Individuals and groups welcome!

Nelson & Whitewater Backcountry:
The Whitewater ski resort is a little gem known for its deep powder and easy access to a great variety of backcountry ski touring. It is located in the Selkirk Mountains and is a 20 minute drive from the vibrant ski town of Nelson BC. The backcountry terrain in this area is varied and accessible. The road to the resort and the ski lifts provide a speedy access to varied day touring options in four different valleys. The terrain provides a good mixture of open tree skiing and alpine bowls and interesting ski peaks. Some of the day tours we offer including Ymir Peak, Five mile basin, Kutetl creek, Qua creek & Evening ridge.

Kootenay Pass:
At 1780m, perched between the snowy little towns of Salmo and Creston, Kootenay Pass is the highest road accessible mountain pass in British Columbia. It is an hour away from the ski towns of Nelson & Rossland.Kootenay Pass offers a great variety of day touring options in five different valleys. Here we will ski some of the best tree skiing in the southern Selkirks along with fantastic sub-alpine ridges boasting a great variety of open terrain. There are even some interesting ski peaks for those interested. This classic West Kootenay venue is a must for all visiting skiers and boarders.

Cancellation Policy:
We recommend all guests consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance in order to protect the potential of events occurring that make you unable to do your scheduled backcountry guided trip. If a guest cancels a booking, please submit the cancellation in writing by email or mail, all refunds processed according to date received.
1. Cancellations made 8 weeks in advance of trip date may be eligible for a refund providing a suitable replacement is found.
2. If cancellations made less than 8 weeks in advance, staff will work to find a suitable replacement. If a replacement is found, you would be eligible for a 75% refund; if there is no replacement then you may not be eligible for any refund.
Guide Cancellation Policy:
3. Should the physical conditions, skills or equipment of participant(s) limit our program, guides reserve the right to make changes to the program OR cancel the trip for safety and protection of the group. We do not offer any refund to unprepared guests.
4. If the guide has to cancel the program due to unsafe conditions (weather, snow stability, travel conditions) guests will receive a 100% refund.

We work off ratios. The more friends you bring, the better the price and the better experience! We guarantee that our ratios are 1 guide for every 6 guests. If you need something custom for your group, let us know on the booking request.  Prices are based on a per person per day basis.

Full Day
1:6 $137.50 per person
1:5 $152 per person
1:4 $173.50 per person
1:3 $210 per person
1:2 $282.50 per person
1:1 $500 per person

Cancellation Policy:
​If ​you ​have ​to ​cancel at ​any ​time ​you ​will ​be ​subject ​to ​a ​10% ​charge ​of ​the ​course ​or ​guided ​trip ​total. ​If ​you cancel ​less ​than ​90 ​days ​before ​the ​start ​of ​your ​trip ​or ​course ​you ​will ​not ​be ​eligible ​for ​a refund ​unless ​we ​can ​find ​a ​replacement ​for ​you. ​If ​we ​are ​able ​to ​find ​someone ​to ​take your ​place ​we ​will ​refund ​you ​with ​a ​25% ​penalty.



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Questions? No problem! Simply email us here or call us at 778-457-5001 to speak with a Get Lost Adventure Centre representative.