Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 23, 2021

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See Whistler’s back side

Whistler just got bigger — at least, it did for anyone who’s always eyed the ski resort’s endless, unmarked terrain beyond its usual ski boundaries. Extremely Canadian just launched Backcountry Adventures, which will take a minimum of three people daily (until April 14) through Whistler or Blackcomb’s unpatrolled area, where nothing short of fresh powder and postcard views await. Is safety a concern? You betcha, but Keith Reid, president of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, is at the helm of this new program for advanced intermediate to expert riders and skiers only. The full-day clinic includes avalanche safety instruction, but it’s not a bookworm course: backcountry/avalanche gear is required ($60 rental packages are available). The clinic costs $199 per person, plus $49 for a backcountry lift ticket; private clinics are available from $624 per person up to a max of five friends. (800) 938-9656; [CC]

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