The Whistler area is an intimidating backcountry zone to roll up on. I’ve always thought a guide would be needed and have never had the motivation to get there until Andy invited me to a long weekend boys trip. His friends, who are local rippers, had offered to guide us to find some decent snow during a rough spell in the lower Northwest. Justin and Malory turned out to be amazing hosts and guides, with infinite knowledge of Squamish and the surrounding backcountry.
Three action packed days on snow resulted in a ton of laps and some hilarious doubling by Todd and I. If only we had captured some of those goofy, skis up doubling clips. On one of the days we rode in a massive crew, something that seemed only possible in a backcountry mecca like the Whistler area. It was a change of pace for us but really fun to experience on trip where we had multiple days to ride.
We barely scratched the surface of the possible riding areas from the trailhead we used. We were treated to sled laps at each zone, never bringing the splits out with us. Between the quick access from town to the trailhead, then from the trailhead to the riding areas and with the expansive alpine opportunities with good weather, the Whistler area definitely deserves the mecca status it’s long been known for.