There certainly is a Vancouver backcountry scene, in fact there are multiple scenes (sled access backcountry, WB sidecountry, mountaineering and hiking club outings, etc.) If your main interest lies in finding a more knowledgeable ski partner you could try hooking up with ski partners via Club Tread. http://www.clubtread.com/
The Alpine Club of Canada (http://www.accvancouver.ca/) and the BC Mountaineering Club (http://bcmc.ca/index.asp) have trips every weekend. The Alpine Club seems especially keen on attracting new people to ski touring. Come to think of it both the ACC and BCMC are offering a series of beginner friendly trips. You aren't required to be a club member to go on your first few trips, unless the trips are very popular or require greater levels of skill and experience.
If you don't yet have a copy of John Baldwin's guide to ski tourig in the Coast Range, that would be a good place to start to get a sense of where you might go, even solo. The Diamond Head area in southwestern Garibaldi Park is probably the best ski touring area for those just getting into it. It is a very popular area though so you might find yourself in the company of quite a few people, especially if you overnight at the Elfin Hut.
The Coquihalla highway, near Coquihalla summit, has a number of beginner friendly tours: Zoa Peak being an especially good first trip, though the route finding is a tad less obvious than the route finding at Diamond Head which is completely obvious below tree line, then wanded above.
Originally Posted by Metaphor_
I'm totally new to backcountry--have never ever skied it before. I'm in the Vancouver area. How would I get started with BC? Lots of AST courses in Whistler, which I'll definitely take before any BC adventures. That said, how do you get into the Vancouver BC scene? (Is there such a thing?)
Edited by Tecumseh - 2/4/12 at 12:50pm