Intro Splitboarding

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This trip is a single-day backcountry snowboarding trip held at various mountains around Whistler, BC during winter. Participants are expected to have some experience snowboarding in the resort, though are not required to have experience in backcountry travel. Skills that are an asset but not required include: -avalanche companion rescue experience, -terrain assessment, -first aid skills, etc. In order to have a successful and enjoyable trip, each participant is expected to arrive with some basic snowboarding skills that will be detailed on this page. Each trip consists of no more than a 4:1 leader:participant ratio, and hence a plethora of guidance and instruction is provided. **Note**: While our leaders will be providing guidance and some instruction, none of our leaders are certified instructors or ski/splitboard guides. Please follow their guidance under your own discretion.


  • 6:00am: Depart Vancouver (this means be traveling over the Lion's Gate Bridge no later than 6:00am IF stopping at Tim Hortons in Squamish; can travel over Lion's Gate at 6:20am if not stopping).
  • 7:50am: Arrive in west side of Whistler Day Lot #4
  • 8:00am: Depart parking lot for Excess backcountry for splitboard rental
  • 8:20am: Arrive at the Upper Biathalon parking lot at the Whistler Olympic Park.
  • 8:30am: Depart trailhead for Hanging Lake.
  • 11:30am: Arrive near alpine; have lunch, enjoy the views, and scope some shreddable lines.
  • 11:50am-3pm: SHRED THE GNAR!!!!.
  • 3:00pm: Depart Hanging Lake back to trailhead.
  • 4-4:30pm: Arrive at trailhead.
  • 5:00pm-onward:Regroup/debrief/decide on a place to get brewskies and grub.

Trail Information

This webpage brought to you by Summit-Post has a detailed page on the hike up Mount Sproatt and the Rainbow Lake Trail:


As adopted from 'Gear' Wiki page:

  • proper backpack
  • long underwear (top and bottom)
  • midlayer
  • warm jacket (fleece or down)
  • waterproof jacket
  • waterproof pants
  • toque (hat)
  • gloves
  • head lamp + fresh batteries
  • pocket knife
  • whistle
  • lighter or waterproof matches
  • large plastic bag for emergency shelter
  • sun glasses or goggles
  • 2L (at least) water
  • lunch + snacks
  • toilet paper
  • gas money (bring change)
  • digital avalanche transceiver (beacon) + fresh batteries (non-rechargeable)
  • shovel
  • probe
  • ski or hiking poles with large plates
  • snowboard boots
  • helmet

Shared essentials

  • sun screen
  • map
  • compass
  • first aid kit
  • ski/binding repair kit
  • SPOT satellite device (can be rented from the club)

Life is a lot better with

  • gaiters
  • fleece pants
  • ski-helmet
  • snow saw
  • rutschblock cord
  • loupe
  • crystal card
  • CAC Avaluator card

Personal essentials

ski day trip items plus

  • additional warm clothing
  • fleece pants

Driving Details

Vancouver--> Whistler Lot #4,+BC/Parking+Lot+4,+Lorimer+Rd,+Whistler,+BC+V0N+1B4/@49.7008166,-123.673154,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x548673f143a94fb3:0xbb9196ea9b81f38b!2m2!1d-123.1207375!2d49.2827291!1m5!1m1!1s0x54873cad83a6c487:0x70a1e9fb355e9b8e!2m2!1d-122.9529296!2d50.119583

Whistler Lot #4-->Trailhead,+Lorimer+Road,+Whistler,+BC/50.1456814,-123.1153712/@50.103762,-123.1116072,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x54873cad83a6c487:0x70a1e9fb355e9b8e!2m2!1d-122.9529296!2d50.119583!1m0!3e0?hl=en

Road Conditions

Weather/Forecast Info

Mountain Weather

Avalanche Forecast - Whistler/Blackcomb region