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).