Founded in 1990, the Escape Route has grown to become the premiere destination for backcountry gear in the Sea to Sky corridor. With two retail locations in Whistler and Squamish and our brand new Alpine Demo Centre rental location in Whistler, we have everything you need to get out and explore the backcountry.
This winter, our Alpine Demo Centre is the place to try out the latest skis from DPS, Dynafit, 4FRNT and splitboards from local Squamish company Spline Snowboards. We also have all the touring essentials, from avalanche safety gear and camping gear to great advice from our experienced staff.
If you’re new to ski touring or splitboarding, looking to expand your knowledge, or just want someone to show you the best powder stashes, you can sign up for a course or tour with local ACMG approved guides who share our enthusiasm for the mountains.
In the summer, you can explore the local lakes on a Red Paddle Co inflatable SUP or rent an Arc’teryx backpack filled with everything you need to spend a night in the wilderness. Take part in our regular guided trail runs to explore more of the local area, or let our team recommend one of their favourite hiking routes!
Join us after your day of adventure for a coffee or locally brewed beer, relax and share your tales of the mountains. The Alpine Demo Centre is a hub for adventurers and the perfect place to meet new touring buddies, learn from fellow outdoor enthusiasts and discover the local area.
We host numerous events throughout the year on topics such as avalanche safety, splitboard skills, mountain fitness and more!