We started Backcountry Skiing Canada with the intention of eventually creating ski touring guides for different regions across Canada. We had to start somewhere, so why not our own backyard? This idea was the spark behind the paper-based West Kootenay Touring Guide you've probably seen around, and the website you are looking at now.
Our goal in creating this website and the guidebook is to celebrate the mountain lifestyle we have chosen and to share our backcountry skiing knowledge amongst ourselves and with folks from away. As this website and the knowledge base grows with more contributions on the Forums,
we hope to build the backcountry skiing community, encourage safe
travel through the mountains, promote a healthy appreciation for
Mother Nature, and crank up the fun factor.
The Kootenay Region is acknowledged to have some of the best powder skiing in the world. That may be why there are more cat and heli-skiing operations nearby than anywhere else on the planet. Though some of the routes in our region take advantage of a ski lift (Whitewater and Red, for example) most depend on your using your body to climb and tour to get the goods.
Enjoy your turns. We will too.