Tantalus Range Ski Mountaineering

Alaska Style Lines and a Comfy Cabin All To Ourselves.

This winter season's wrap-up trip is in one of the most coveted mountain ranges in British Columbia: The Tantalus Range.  While not the biggest peaks in BC, the Tantalus Range stands like a fortress guarded by the Squamish river, teasing all big mountain riders on their way to Whistler, B.C.  We will be flying into the Tantalus Range with a small group of motivated skiers and boarders for 3 days of big mountain skiing, learning and fun.

This camp will run at a max. 5 to 1 Guest to Guide Ratio.

The Goods

Length: 3 Days

Elevations: 1100m - 2300m

Terrain: Steep faces, couloirs and open glaciers.

Season: Scheduled Dates in Spring 2018 or Custom Trips on Demand

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 5:1

Favorite Runs: Serratus North Face, West Couloir and Alpha Chutes.

The Skiing

Consider this our little local Alaska. With its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the Tantalus Range gets hit with big storms coating even the steepest lines with snow.  Steep faces, couloirs, long glaciers and peaks to bag make this an advanced skier's paradise.

Skiing Difficulty
Fitness Level
Mountain Experience

The Terrain

  • All Alpine Terrain
  • Fly In/Out Hut Accommodating 12 Skiers
  • 5 Peaks
  • 7 Accessible Glaciers
  • Mix of lower angle glacier runs, steep open faces and couloirs.
  • Runs of up to 5000ft/1500m
  • Steep Alaskan Style Skiing

Meet Your Guides

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Ben Johns

Ben has worked as an ACMG guide for almost a decade, stacking up days all over the world!   More on Ben >

Ross Berg - Mountain Guide

Ross Berg

IFMGA Mountain Guide, and Owner of Altus Mountain Guides, Ross spends as much time as possible in the Tantalus Range as he considers it his own #cottagecountry More on Ross >

Scheduled Trip Dates

March 30 - April 2, 2018$1490

All prices are in CAD and subject to 5% sales tax

April 19 - 22, 2018$1490

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Early morning flight into the Haberl Hut
  • Set up our abode
  • Safety First! A detailed safety briefing and thorough rescue training session will prepare you for the week and make you much more skilled in the backcountry.
  • Ski tour all day

Day 2

  • Alpine skiing objective and skills training
  • Reading glaciers, roping up for travel
  • Steep snow climbing
  • Steep skiing skills

Day 3

  • Alpine skiing objective and skills training
  • Participant leads
  • Fly home in afternoon 14:00 - 16:00
What's Included
  • 3 day guided skiing with ACMG guide
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (excluding lunch on day 1)
  • All technical gear (ropes, anchors, axe, crampons)
  • Heli flight in and out of hut
  • Hut fees

 

Not Included
  • Transportation to and from helipad
  • Lunch on day 1
  • Sleeping bags (for hut)
  • Alcohol and other drinks/treats while at the hut
Gear list

Avalanche Gear

  • Avalanche beacon
  • Probe
  • Shovel

Hardware

  • Backcountry skis or split-board (skis, skins, poles)
  • General mountaineering axe (steel) I will have a couple on hand as well
  • Harness
  • 30 litre backpack or large enough to carry personal and some group gear 
  • Rope - We will provide but feel free to bring what ever rope you would be using personally, so you can practice with it.

Crevasse rescue kit

  • 1 x 1.5m 7mm cord
  • 2 x 5m 7mm cord
  • 2 x should length sling
  • 4 locking carabiners
  • 2 non-looking carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Pulley (optional)
  • Ice screw (16cm min)
  • Ski strap

We have lots of extra gear so don’t feel you need to bring all the crevasse gear.

Clothing

  • Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants
  • Lightweight breathable jacket and pants (for uphill skinning/climbing)
  • Insulated jacket (synthetic insulated jacket is strongly recommended)
  • Lightweight gloves for climbing/skinning
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hats
  • Balaclava or other types of neck warmer

Miscellaneous

  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Sun screen
  • Sun hat
  • Ski strap
  • Small personal ski repair kit
  • Personal first aid, medication
  • Camera

Lunch/Water

Please arrive in the morning with food and drink for the day.

Prerequisites
  • Expert ski ability (double black diamond runs)
  • Previous ski touring experience (minimum 20 days)
  • Good fitness (ability to tour uphill for 4 - 6 hours)
  • Eagerness for adventure
  • Powder skiing experience (minimum 20 days)
  • Ski skiing ability (45 degrees or steeper)

Add-Ons

Warm Up Session

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Squamish Accomodation

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Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.