Crevasse Rescue: Winter Rope Skills

Get prepared for the upcoming ski mountaineering season

With this comprehensive two-day course, we’ll cover all of the basic rope skills you need for winter glacier travel as well as how to deal with a crevasse fall scenario safely and efficiently.

The first day is split between a morning session at the climbing gym and an afternoon classroom session. You’ll review essential climbing knots, how to descend and ascend a rope, and learn how to set up a hauling system. Your guide will also discuss the use of commercially-available crevasse rescue equipment (pulleys and ready-made systems) and provide opportunity to practice with these.

Your two-hour classroom session will cover glacier travel basics, roped and unroped skiing, types of snow anchors, and review the different steps to a crevasse rescue.

The field day will let you practice your new skills in a realistic outdoor environment. The group will drive to Kananaskis or the Icefields Parkway (based on conditions), where you’ll practice arresting a fall, transferring the load to an anchor, and going through the steps for the rest of a rescue. You’ll also get a chance to practice advanced crevasse rescue scenarios, including a 2-person rescue and an unroped fall into a crevasse.

Because this course is based out of Canmore, you’ll have a chance to go more into depth with rope systems and techniques than you would have on a field-based course. For people who are looking to become independent ski mountaineers, we recommend that this course be taken together with our Introduction to Ski Mountaineering (April 2-6).

Level of Difficulty

This camp is designed for participants that have ski toured before and are looking to expand their terrain choices. You will spend both days outside, sometimes immobile. Come prepared for cold weather with warm layers.


  • February 24-25th, 2018
  • $325 + Tax / Person
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Gear, Food & Lodging

  • All guiding and instruction throughout course
  • All group gear
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Personal gear
  • Personal crevasse rescue kit
  • A National Park Vehicle Pass, where required

Crevasse Rescue - Staff

Sean Isaac

Sean is an ACMG Alpine Guide, based out of Canmore AB. His passion for climbing is infectious and he has already helped many people improve their technique and push their grade. Sean is one of the leaders of the mixed climbing revolution in the Canadian Rockies and is the author of two books: How to Climb: Mixed Climbing, and Mixed Climbs in the Canadian Rockies. Credited with first ascents in the too-many-to-count range on ice, mixed and alpine routes, Sean has taken his talents on the road and has done alpine expeditions and big wall climbing internationally in Peru, Patagonia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Baffin Island. As a professional photographer he has captured many of his exploits for all to enjoy and his mixed climbing talents have been featured in the movies Higher Ground and Beyond Gravity. Sean is also the editor of the ACC’s Canadian Alpine Journal (CAJ).