Camp Highlights

  • Stay in the beautiful Lake Louise Alpine Centre
  • Course developed with ACMG guides
  • A unique course focussing on ski mountaineering skills
  • April sees perfect ski mountaineering conditions in the Rockies 

Dates & price

  •  March 4 - 8
  •  April 15 - 19
  • $895 + Tax / Person

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? Sometimes just lapping that great powder field isn't enough and you want to start hitting classic mountaineering summits as well as enjoying great skiing back down. The skills this often requires: use of crampons and ice axe, glacier travel techniques, technical boot-packing/climbing, roping up, group travel rappelling, navigation etc. can be intimidating for the regular backcountry skier with limited climbing or mountaineering experience. 

The ACC along with ACMG ski guide Hamish Sanderson developed this course to address those grey areas and give you the chance to start claiming classic ski-mountaineering objectives. During the week you might get the chance to summit mountains such as Mt. Hector, Mt. Field, Cirque Peak or Crowfoot Mountain. And after, you will have the skillset to go after ascents such as those on offer in the Yoho valley, Rogers Pass and the Wapta Icefield. 
 
Come push your winter capabilities further with the ACC this winter!

Camp Objectives

Being 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.

Our experienced guides 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.
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
Day 1
Meet-up with your guide and group at the Lake Louise Alpine Centre. Introductions, gear checks and a brief companion rescue practice will be followed by an easy day in the backcountry where you can familiarize yourself with the guide and the other participants.

Day 2, 3 and 4
Workshops on each of these days will see you tackling local but diverse ski mountaineering objectives.Trip planning will take place the evening before each day with the group then executing each objective in an increasingly independent manner, while always being under the supervision of our experienced guide.

Day 5
A final field day will be followed by a group debrief with your guide. Participants will then pack up and head home.

 

Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate

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.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

The Lake Louise Alpine Centre has great flexibility for your meals. Either dine in the famous Bill Peyto Cafe - which offers big-portion, hearty, good-value food - or use the self catering kitchen downstairs. Food is not included in this course to allow you the flexibility to do as you please. 

Accommodation

The Lake Louise Alpine Centre is part-owned by the ACC and offers the perfect base camp for adventures in and around Lake Louise and up the Icefield Parkway. "Dorm rooms" are comfortable with just four people to a room and typically an en-suit bathroom. The hostel also offers free parking, communal areas with pool tables etc. and a sauna!

Guiding

Your guides for this camp are Hamish Sanderson - who developed the program in collaboration with the ACC office - and Doug Latimer - our on-staff guide for winter 18/19 with 20 years of ski guiding experience. Both are highly experienced ski guides with full ACMG certification and a background not just in guiding but in offering instructional and skill development courses.

  • With no climbing or mountaineering background, I wanted to go further than just another backcountry skiing course and this ticked the box.
  • I took away a lot of important skills and knowledge which now I can apply on my own trips.
  • The guide did an excellent job of answering questions and ensuring that each participant got the learning they wanted out of the program.
- Past Intro to Ski Mountaineering Course Participants-

Adventure Map

Contact Us

  Email
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 5 days professional instruction throughout the camp the camp by ACMG certified ski guides 
  • 4 nights accommodation at Lake Louise Alpine Centre
  • Pre-trip gear and planning advice
  • ACC course materials

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from the hostel and field locations
  • Meals
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Hamish Sanderson

Hamish is an ACMG ski guide based just outside of Golden, BC. As well as putting together our Intro to Ski Mountaineering program, Hamish also works at the ACC's annual General Mountaineering Camp as part of the set-up crew and as Camp Manager. 


Doug Latimer

Doug has 20 years of guiding experience behind him as an ACMG ski guide and an ACMG apprentice rock guide. As well as his private guiding he has spent a number of years working for the UoC where he taught a range of instructional programs in avalanche training, crevasse rescue and backcountry ski and ski mountaineering. He also somehow finds time to run a multimedia production company! In 2019, we are excited to announce Doug will be joining us as our on-staff winter guide; the perfect guy to take care of our Intro To, avalanche safety and other ski courses. 

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