There is no easier way to get out into Whistler’s snowy backcountry than by snowmobile or snowcat. Whether you are a rank beginner or an expert operator of “snow machines,” there are a wide range of thrilling tours to suit all abilities. Local guided tours range from two to seven hours over a variety of terrain: in the beautiful Callaghan Valley or up the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain. The three-hour Blackcomb Mountain Safari, operated by Canadian Wilderness Adventures (CWA), is punctuated by a visit to the mid-mountain Crystal Hut, at 1,800 metres (6,000 feet), for a warming treat and magical views of the Village. Experience CWA’s nighttime fondue tour, recognized by Canadian Tourism Commission with a Canadian Signature Experience designation. Departing at 7:30 pm by snowmobile or 8:00 pm by snowcat, guests are treated to a sumptuous fondue feast at the Crystal Hut, with views of the Village lights far below. Blackcomb Snowmobile offers a wide range of tours including one specifically oriented toward families. The company’s most popular, the Wilderness Tour, is a two- or three-hour experience that takes you into the alpine. The two-hour tour includes a hot beverage and a snack, and the three-hour tour includes lunch at a private cabin in the picturesque Callaghan Valley. Dinner tours with choices of a traditional cheese fondue or a menu with steak or salmon are also available. Visit canadianwilderness.com or blackcombsnowmobile.com.
PHOTOS JOERN ROHDE