NEW: Introduction to Ski Mountaineering! Learn the skills you need to unlock glaciated, steep, or technical terrain.
Are you ready to take the next step in your backcountry skiing career? This course introduces the fundamentals of glacier travel, trip planning, and group travel techniques. This hostel-based course will allow you to access lines on the Icefields Parkway. Possible objectives include Mt. Hector, Cirque Peak (plus couloir), and Crowfoot. Skiing objectives will be chosen in collaboration with the group, depending on weather and avalanche conditions. Evening sessions will depend on learning objectives and energy levels, but may include trip planning, crevasse rescue basics, avalanche hazard evaluation and mitigation, and leadership tactics. Your next day’s objectives will be treated as a trip planning workshop: participants are expected to contribute to routefinding, hazard evaluation, and track setting. The experienced guide will be there to supervise and coach, but this course is meant to get you out and give you the skills you need to be independent.
More information and information package to follow soon!
Gear, Food, Lodging
- Instruction throughout the course
- Pre-trip gear and planning advice
- ACC course materials
Participants must provide:
- Daily transportation to/from the climbing areas (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles and carpool)
- All meals
- Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack)
Level of Difficulty
You should have an intermediate level of backcountry ski experience, be comfortable with your touring gear, and have already completed the AST-1 course. You should also have a good level of fitness: some of the bigger objectives will involve an alpine start and a 10+ hour ski day. If you have any questions about your suitability for this course, please contact the National Office.
Build your winter travel skills
Winter in Canada’s mountains means powder skiing and the ACC knows the terrain. Whether you’re looking to get skills and get up to speed, or looking for the trip of a lifetime, you’ll find it here. Join us!
Other Skills Courses
- AST-1: the essential avalance safety course for any backcountry traveller.
- Managing avalanche terrain: work on the skills needed to keep yourself and your group safe.
- AST-2: Take your avalanche knowledge further, and learn the basics of snowpack evaluation
- Introduction to Winter Camping
- Introduction to Navigation
- Introduction to Ski Mountaineering