As North America’s #1 Resort, Whistler Blackcomb is also your gateway to a vast area of unmarked and un-patrolled backcountry access in the Garibaldi Provincial Park. 

Backcountry access

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficult decision to close Whistler Blackcomb, uphill skiing and snowboarding access to Garibaldi Provincial Park is temporarily allowed via designated routes ONLY. Designated access routes will be open or closed based on current avalanche hazard and operational needs. The rest of the ski area remains closed. Users assume all risks related to uphill travel on designated routes and all users must obey all signage and instructions from Patrol. The access routes are temporary and are subject to change without notice. Skiers and snowboarders must check in with Patrol (604.905.2324) for more information on how to safely access the backcountry. View map >

Access Routes:


  1. Lower Olympic to Upper Olympic
  2. Sidewinder to the bottom of Harmony
  3. Out through Moose Meadows, below Burnt Stew


  1. Lower Mainline, Lower Gear Jammer to Sunset
  2. Or Lower Mainland to top of Excalibur, Gondola Road to Sunset
  3. Sunset to bottom of 7th Heaven


Re-entering the Ski Area Boundary

When reentering the ski area boundary, please use the temporary designated routes ONLY.

WHISTLER MOUNTAIN: 免费成人appSidewinder to Upper/Lower Olympic

BLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN: Sunset to Lower Gear Jammer

Please note, the above access routes are only temporary and may be subject to change without notice. Skiers and snowboarders should check in with Patrol (604-905-2324) for more information on how to safely access the backcountry.

Plan your trip thoroughly

Be prepared to cope with emergencies due to fatigue, equipment failures, weather, and avalanches.

  • Evaluate each member's capacity and ability
  • Check the personal equipment of the party
  • Carry a mobile phone with full battery charge
  • Keep hydrated and nourished throughout the day
  • Understand supply levels of liquid and food for the group
  • Pace the travel speed of the party so that no one becomes exhausted
  • Keep the party together but not too close in avalanche terrain
  • The leader should be experienced in route selection
  • Ensure that there are sufficient tools in the group to repair broken skis, skins, and bindings
  • The leader must be capable of organizing a backcountry avalanche rescue including applying first aid and keeping survivors alive until rescuers arrive

Things you should be aware of

  • Understand this winter's snowpack layers
  • Knowledge of recent snowfall and type of snow
  • Know the current Whistler backcountry Avalanche Advisory rating
  • Understand today's weather conditions including snowfall, temperature, and visibility
  • Never travel alone