Most people touring in the Spearhead Range use the resort lift system to reach a handful of access points into the backcountry. Lift tickets are available from ticket booths located near the base of the Creekside Gondola, the Whistler Village Gondola, the Blackcomb Gondola and the Base II Excalibur Gondola midstation.
Backcountry skiers can purchase a discounted backcountry day ticket, commonly referred to as a Whistler backcountry pass, for $62 in the 2021/2022 season, that allows the use of four lifts to access a backcountry gate. Buy backcountry tickets from one of several Guest Services counters (at the base of all gondolas) or from the ticket booth at Base II. Be aware that ski patrol assesses daily whether or not to make backcountry tickets available; these tickets are rarely released under high or extreme avalanche conditions. Individuals must sign a Backcountry Access Agreement, describe the specific lifts they will use to reach the backcountry and show that they are carrying an avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel, skins or snowshoes and a cell phone.
Whistler Backcountry Guidebooks
Individuals purchasing Backcountry Tickets must fill out the following form:
The Backcountry Ticket form includes the following conditions: