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Guided Tours

By choosing a trip with Kootenay Backcountry Guides you are getting the peace of mind that comes with exploring the backcountry with a professional who knows how to keep you safe and show you a good time. You are getting the inside scoop on conditions, local weather, and most importantly someone who knows where the real powder stashes are. We offer trips for everyone: beginners, explorers and shredders!

Don't just take our word for it. Here are what some of our past guests had to say about their epic experiences with us:

  • "Judson took us on a 2 day back country adventurer which it was my first experience in over 20 years. The professionalism was world class and made us feel super safe and his coaching was exceptional. We had an amazing experience in some extraordinary terrain both in Kootenay pass and 5 Mile basin. I would recommend him and his outfit to anyone who was looking to explore the area around Nelson."

  • "Judson is an amazing guide and instructor. I was super nervous about getting into the backcountry and Judson's course helped me begin to feel more comfortable about where to start. He's super knowledgeable, experienced, supportive, and a lot of fun. I've also had the pleasure of having Judson as a guide and would highly recommend him. Had an amazing, safe day! Can't wait to get out again!"

  • "F**king epic! Best backcountry trip of my life hands down. Would give 10 stars if possible. Judson organized an incredible 2 days for us. Expert logistics, expert guiding, awesome crew."

  • "We booked one day of private guided touring with Kootenay Backcountry Guides and had a great experience. My wife is new to touring and riding powder and the guide catered the day perfectly to her skills. We both had an awesome day and will definitely be booking another trip with them on our next Nelson ski trip."

  • "Kootenay Backcountry Guides lead my group and I on a touring day of the Kootenay Pass. It was my first time Splitboarding and I learned valuable knowledge of snow study and evaluation along the day as well as Backcountry touring knowledge. Our guide was patient and extremely knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Kootenay Backcountry Guides to anyone interested in touring."

January 13, 2021 Update - At this time we are only taking bookings from British Columbian Residents for AST courses and guided tours. If you are from outside the B.C. we still encourage you to register for 2021 courses/guided tours. Any questions please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Kootenay Combo Tour

2020/2021 DATES: 

  • February 6-7th, 2021
  • February 13-14th, 2021
  • February 20-21st, 2021

Cost: $394+tax per person

The Kootenay Combo is our version of a touring "taster". You get two back-to-back guided days at two different locations (Whitewater Ski Resort backcountry and Kootenay Pass) over the course of a weekend. It's the best way to show you our amazing backyard for a weekend. 

Request a Private Kootenay Combo for you and your bubble or family today!

Courses may be held at either Kootenay Pass or Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry. For courses hosted in the Whitewater Ski Resort Backcountry, we may use the ski lifts to access the backcountry. If you are not a seasons pass holder, 1 Ride tickets can be purchased from us on the day of your course.

Kootenay Combo
  • 1 Guide :1 Guest

    $525

  • 1:2

    $295

  • 1:3

    $218

  • 1:4

    $180

  • 1:5

    $157

  • 1:6

    $142

Private Guiding and Custom Trips

You dream about it, we plan it. Simple. Our team of experienced local ACMG Guides and staff will tailor a backcountry touring trip to make it memorable. Check our locations to get a taste of where the magic happens. Click on the "Book Now" button to start making your powder dreams a reality.

We work off ratios. The more friends you bring, the better the price and the better the experience! Our ratios are at least 1 guide for every 6 guests. Prices are based on a per person per day basis. Tax not included. 

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