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. Based out of the Lake Louise Alpine Centre in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, you will be able to access a wide range of lines on the Icefields Parkway with possible objectives including Mt. Hector, Cirque Peak (plus couloir), and Crowfoot Mountain.
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.