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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Pemberton Farmers’ Market
September 03
The Pemberton Farmers' Market is back for the third year! Come on out every Wednesday to get the Valley’s best organic fruits and veggies, baked goods, and crafts.

Pemberton BMX: Race 14
September 03
Race 14 of the 2014 season! Registration opens at 5pm with races from 6pm starting with the run bikers!

Pemberton Farmers’ Market
September 10
The Pemberton Farmers' Market is back for the third year! Come on out every Wednesday to get the Valley’s best organic fruits and veggies, baked goods, and crafts.

h'OMgrown Festival
September 12
The first ever h'OMgorwn Festival is set to take place from September 12 - 14. The event celebrates health and well being by bringing together experts in the fields of yoga, whole foods, spiritual awareness and much more.

h'OMgrown Festival
September 13
The first ever h'OMgorwn Festival is set to take place from September 12 - 14. The event celebrates health and well being by bringing together experts in the fields of yoga, whole foods, spiritual awareness and much more.

h'OMgrown Festival
September 14
The first ever h'OMgorwn Festival is set to take place from September 12 - 14. The event celebrates health and well being by bringing together experts in the fields of yoga, whole foods, spiritual awareness and much more.

Pemberton Farmers’ Market
September 17
The Pemberton Farmers' Market is back for the third year! Come on out every Wednesday to get the Valley’s best organic fruits and veggies, baked goods, and crafts.

Pemberton BMX: Race 15 - Final race of the season
September 17
Race 15 and final race of the 2014 season! Registration opens at 5pm with races from 6pm starting with the run bikers!

Pemberton Farmers’ Market
September 24
The Pemberton Farmers' Market is back for the third year! Come on out every Wednesday to get the Valley’s best organic fruits and veggies, baked goods, and crafts.

Pemberton Farmers’ Market
October 01
The Pemberton Farmers' Market is back for the third year! Come on out every Wednesday to get the Valley’s best organic fruits and veggies, baked goods, and crafts.

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.

Pemby Fest Check List
July 08
The Pemberton Music Festival has just released a memo outlining everything from where to park, how to pick up wristbands, how to get to the festival, shuttle info and much more.

Liquor Sales Approved at Farmers Market
July 08
As of June, 21st it became official that beer, wine, cider and spirits could be sold along other products at local farmer's markets. Cool news Pemberton Distillery as they have a brand new venue to sell their products.

Battle of the Bands
July 04
The Meadows at Pemberton presents Battle of the Bands this Saturday, July 5th. Come watch as seven local bands go head to head for supremacy of the Sea to Sky. Oh and the wining band gets a chance to play at Pemby Fest!!

Canada Day in Pemberton
June 24
Canada Day is almost here!! The Village of Pemberton has a number of events and celebrations planned for the long weekend including a farmer's market, sports events, Spud Run, parade and much more.

Strawberry Picking
June 17
It's strawberry picking time!! The Pemberton strawberry picking season is upon us. Over the next month several of local farms will open their fields up for the U-pick and pre-pick strawberry season.

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