Pemberton BackCountry Skiing

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Coast Mountain Backcountry Skiing Access

Some of the finest backcountry ski terrain in Southwestern BC lies east of Pemberton where Highway 99 climbs through the Cayoosh Range and runs past Duffey Lake. The highway gives easy access to numerous avalanche paths, open ridges, meadows, glaciers and attractive alpine basins that offer superb mid-winter backcountry skiing. Ski trips start at higher elevations from the paved highway and range from sleuthing for powder near the road to high-alpine ski ascents. Many descents offer long rewarding runs of up to 1200m. Most trips are 1 or 2 days.

Spectacular Skiing & Mountaineering

Deep in the heart of the Coast Mountains, the area drained by the Birkenhead River offers superb backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. High alpine basins, small glaciers, long avalanche paths and subalpine glades are reasons to come here. With a huge vertical rise above the surrounding valleys, these alpine areas are typically more difficult to reach than in the adjacent Duffey Lake area. Most trips require several days and are typically best in March or April. Highlights range from a week of powder skiing at McGillivray Pass Lodge to a weekend ski ascent of Birkenhead Mountain to a delightful four or five days on the Owl-Tenquille Traverse.

Huts at popular backcountry ski destinations:

  • Wendy Thompson Hut: At Marriott Basin, off Duffey Lake Road, operated by the Alpine Club of Canada, Whistler Section (Get directions)
  • Keith's Hut: At Cerise Creek, off Duffey Lake Road, operated by Keith Flavelle's family and friends
  • Brian Waddington Hut: By Birkenhead Provincial Park, operated by the Varsity Outdoor Club
  • North Creek Hut: Near Bralorne but winter access is from Pemberton, operated by the BC Mountaineering Club

* Information courtesy of John Baldwin

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What's Your Guess?
October 30
The Pemberton Valley Lodge is currently holding a "Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin' contest. The person with the closest guess to the actual weight of the pumpkin will receive one FREE night stay at the Lodge.

What's Your Guess?
October 31
The Pemberton Valley Lodge is currently holding a "Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin' contest. The person with the closest guess to the actual weight of the pumpkin will receive one FREE night stay at the Lodge.

Riverlands 4th Annual Drag "Fox" Hunt 2014
November 01
Riverlands and The Fraser Valley Hunt Society cordially invite you to attend the 4th annual drag fox hunt on November 1, 2014. Note that no animals are harmed during this "hunt" but everyone has a great time.

Halloween In Pemberton
October 29
Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate Halloween in Pemberton this year? There is tons to do this year, so come on out and celebrate Halloween 2014 with us in Pemberton!

Pumpkin Picking at North Arm Farm
October 27
It's that wonderful time of year again... Pumpkin picking time. North Arm Farm is Pemberton's one stop shop for fresh pumpkin's this year with a vast array of pumpkins and squashes ready and ripe for the picking.

Pemberton Enters Prime Time of Mountain Bike Season
September 29
The Pemberton mountain bike season is currently experiencing its second wind. Thanks to the cool and damp fall weather Pemberton's mountain bike trails firm up and pack down. Learn more!

Sopwith Camel on Display at the Legion
September 24
The Canadian Museum of Flight will have a full scale replica Sopwith Camel on display in Pemberton this Saturday and Sunday. During it's stay the plane will be on display in the Pemberton Legion parking lot.

h'OMgrown Festival
September 08
Pemberton's first ever yoga festival is set to hit town this September 12 - 14. The festival brings together experts in the fields of yoga, nutrition, whole foods, and meditation. Create your own customized schedule choosing workshops that pique your interest.

Horseback Riding In Pemberton
August 27
Horseback riding and Pemberton go hand and hand. Take a ride and enjoy the amazing scenery and back trails you could only access by horse. Several companies offer touring options and can cater rides to your specific needs.

Paddle Boarding at One Mile Lake
August 09
Head out to One Mile Lake for a day of paddle boarding in the sun! Work on your fitness and your tan at the same time..a win win.

Get a FREE SFCS Bag with Early Sign Up
July 30
Pre-register for the Pemberton Slow Food Cycle and get a FREE SFCS bag. You can pre-register online today at the Tourism Pemberton Slow Food Cycle page!

2014 IRONMAN Canada Cheer Zone
July 23
Join us at the Pemberton & District Community Centre this Sunday, July 27 and help us cheer on the participating athletes in IRONMAN Canada. Watch live coverage on the 'big screen' and cheer on the athletes as they ride by during the biking portion of the event.

FAQ for Pemberton Music Festival
July 14
We had some questions about Pemberton Music Festival that we wanted answered! So we made some calls and compiled a list of the most frequently asked Pemby Fest questions. Here are the answers.

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