McBride Ski Traverse

Types: Ski and Snowboarding, Touring, Traverse

Region: Sea to Sky

McBride Ski Traverse

Join us for the epic McBride Ski Traverse from Whistler to the outskirts of Squamish covering the majority of the beautiful Garibaldi Provincial Park.

McBride Ski Traverse

The epic McBride Ski Traverse travels from Whistler to the outskirts of Squamish through the beautiful Garibaldi Provincial Park. Not for the faint of heart this trip takes 5-6 days and covers a lot of very technical but exceptionally beautiful terrain.  If you've done one of the classics like the Spearhead, Tantalus or Garibaldi Neve and are looking for the next challenge then this might just be the ticket!

The Route:

The McBride Ski Traverse travels from the Blackcomb Ski Resort all the way to Garibaldi Mountain on the outskirts of Squamish (the BlackSheep variation) over about 5 days.

The traverse starts at the top of the Glacier Express T-bar the Blackcomb Resort and follows the same route as the Spearhead traverse for most of the first day. While a lot of people camp in the Crossover Glacier area on the Spearhead, we push a little past that and ski down the Naden Glacier and into forest at the bottom for our first night. From there we climb back out of the valley an into the McBride Range.

The next few days are spent traversing amazing alpine ridges, crossing broken glaciers and, if the weather's nice, enjoying superb mountainous views. A few days later we traverse pass The Sphinx, high above Garibaldi lake. But instead of following the typical route which involves a looooong walk across Garibaldi lake to reach the Rubble Creek trail for what is arguably one of the worst ski-outs on the coast, far worse than the infamous Singing Pass Trail, we stay high. This allows us to traverse over to the Glacier Pikes and then onto Brohm Ridge. From there we can ski down the road or, even better, catch a short helicopter ride back to the valley for a well deserved beer! It's kinda nice to tag the end of the traverse and be back in town 10 minutes later! The helicopter flight is not included in the cost of the trip.

Booking:

As the McBride Traverse is a larger trip that appeals to select skiers we typically just run private trips though we do have a scheduled trip this winter. If those dates don't work and you have a friend or two that's interested let us know and we can talk some alternative dates!

Waiver & Risk Management:

As you know, outdoor activities involve numerous hazards including, but not limited to, avalanches, crevasses, rockfall, slips and falls, equipment failure, poor weather, etc. And while we do our best to anticipate and mitigate these hazards we cannot completely eliminate them. So, as with anything fun, you will be required to sign our Participant Release to take part in one of our courses or trips.

Custom Dates Available

Just let us know what dates will work for you and we will put together a custom package.

Fine Print:

  • Day1: Meet in Squamish, drop vehicle & drive to Whistler & start the traverse. Try to make it to Diavolo Creek for camp.
  • Day 2: Diavolo area to Veeocee Camp
  • Day 3: Veocee to Drop Pass
  • Day 4: Drop Pass to Grey Pass
  • Day 5: Grey Pass to Brohm Ridge & Out
  • Day 6: Extra day for weather or conditions
McBride Ski Traverse
Types Ski and Snowboarding, Touring, Traverse
Region Sea to Sky
Season April - May
Prices From $1,299.00

Difficulty: Difficulty: Advanced Advanced

This is an involved ski tour that requires previous experience on overnight ski trips.

What's Included

  • Pre-trip planning & support
  • ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guide
  • Group safety equipment
  • Group winter camping equipment (stoves, etc.)
  • Glacier travel kit if needed
  • Permits & Insurance
  • Black Sheep Adventure Sports Swag

What's Not Included

  • Personal equipment (some rentals are available)
  • Meals
  • Transportation to/from Squamish
  • Accommodation in Squamish
  • Trip cancellation, travel & medical insurance
  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, skis, etc.)
  • Extra days due to weather

Prerequisites

This is an advanced ski traverse so you must have pervious ski touring experience, winter camping experience and be an intermediate to advanced downhill skier. If you’re unsure of your ability feel free to contact us to discuss the trip.

  • Whistler-Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Pass $45.00

Activities and Add-Ons for this Course

Whistler-Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Pass

A lift pass for Whistler-Blackcomb to provide access into the backcountry.

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