Are you one of those people seeking extreme ski & snowboard action and a thrill on steep winter mountains in deep powder? There is no better place to be than Revelstoke and Rogers Pass in British Columbia, Canada. In our opinion it has the best of all and offers an ideal infrastructure for freeride riders and especially if you are willing to do some ski touring or splitboarding in those less snowy days, you get the virgin lines every day.
Local Snowbusters guides and ski bums are there to show you how things go in the area. In these 12 days, we make sure to squeeze the hills as a lemon and get you the most quality and quantity of freeskiing & snowboarding and we will do our best to introduce you to big mountain riding with all its risks assessment, avalanche, and backcountry safety and not last great fun.
Freeride touring & big mountain course highlights
Maximum quality and quantity of skiing & snowboarding
6/12 full days of intensive riding with professional guide and coach
Individual approach to your needs and level
Maximum 7:1 client/coach ratio
Group courses for 3 to 14 participants
Physical & technical requirements
Previous freeride/backcountry skiing & snowboarding is required, confident riding on black slopes is essential
Suitable for women and men, children from 15 years
The course can be purchased by individuals, couples, couples, or groups of friends
Physical intensity: high
Detailed technical specification of this freeride touring & big mountain course
All necessary skills and knowledge to be able to shred and ride powder and big mountains such as:
Avalanche safety skills
First aid theory and skills
Group behavior in an avalanche zone
Basic understanding of outdoor risks (so you can make it home safely every day)
Big mountain riding safety
Day planning (avalanche risks, group skills, and level, ...)
Descent & ascent line selection
Ski & snowboard technique coaching
Skinning & climbing technique
Using crampons & ice ax
Equipment introduction and treatment
Rock Climbing techniques (abseiling, useful knots, equipment, ...)
Personalized coaching to break through mental barriers
Revelstoke, Rogers Pass, and the Kootenays in British Columbia are big names in freeride circles. So how about a trip taking in some of the best backcountries, touring/splitboarding, cat-skiing, and resort off-piste in this part of Canada?
This 2-week trip is a powder lover's dream. Expect to have to put in some leg work – after all the best lines are rarely free. In the area, you can ride everything from cruisy powder bowls to steep couloirs and tree runs to cliff drops, ultimately if you like it steep and deep (or just deep!) this place will have frothing at the mouth with excitement.
Spend some time in the resort of Revelstoke taking advantage of the lifts for easy powder, plus head out of bounds under your own steam. The trip also includes a few days in a hut/lodge deep in the backcountry totally isolated from the real world, where the mountains will be your personal playground free to explore as far as your legs will take you.
As with any Snowbusters adventure, we won’t just guide you to the best lines, we also teach you the skills you need to stay safe and ride with more style. We’ll cover avalanche safety, practice rescue situations, and address deficiencies in your technique.
The final itinerary depends on the conditions and weather. However, we’ll fit in some ski touring or splitboarding, cat-skiing, lift accessible off-piste both in- and out-bounds and, of course, squeeze in the time to down a few jars. We may be visiting the following areas:
Just over a decade old, Revelstoke in British Columbia has earned a reputation as one of the best off-piste and ski touring destinations on the planet. With over 1,670m of vertical, over 12 million square meters of terrain, and around 12m of snow each winter it’s a freeride paradise.
Using Revelstoke’s efficient lifts you can reach vast amounts of in-bounds avalanche-controlled terrain. If you want more attach your skins and tour or splitboard outside the ski area's boundaries to enjoy the stunning backcountry on offer.
Less than an hour from Revelstoke is Roger’s Pass in the Selkirk mountains. Using the Trans Canada highway you can get easy access and cheap elevation, making it the destination that most Revelstoke locals go for their backcountry fix. With big snow, steep slopes, and plenty of lines it is a freeriders dream.
Around 4 hours south of Revelstoke on Highway 3A, you’ll find some of the most varied and fun backcountries on the planet. Kootenay Pass takes you to around 1785m and from there you can tour or splitboard around 25 well-documented routes that offer everything a powder junkie desires.
Join Snowbusters for a Canadian backcountry adventure in British Columbia. Your only regret will be why you didn’t visit sooner.