Big Mountain Ski Course – 7 day



Description

Big Mountain Ski Course is, Advanced Skiing Snowboarding and  Mountaineering School. It is a specialty course set up to teach people methods to manage Big Mountain terrain. Altus Mountain Guides has the skills and technical abilities to guide you through the learning process so you can ride the places you have always dreamed of, safely and with confidence.

What you will learn

Advanced terrain recognition skills and applying snow pack characteristics to that terrain.

Safe mountain travel technique

Anchor Building

Rappelling

Lowering

Safe Cornice control

Rope ascension

Crevasse rescue

Belaying for steep snow travel on mountain faces or ridges

Cliff mitigation

Sluff control

Steep Skiing tactics

Self preservation tactics in extreme terrain

Advanced snowpack characteristic recognition and quick stability assessment checks

Whiteout navigation

Who For

This program is designed for avid ski touring individuals that want to step up their Big Mountain riding skills by getting into complex or even extreme terrain.
“Complex terrain has exposure to multiple overlapping avalanche paths or large expanses of steep, open terrain. Here, there are multiple avalanche starting zones, many terrain traps below the open terrain and minimal options to reduce exposure.”

Prerequisites

Complete resume showing ski descents

Can ski black diamond runs at a ski resort

Extensive powder skiing experience

Can ski in any snow conditions

Excellent physical condition

AST 1 or equivalent

What’s included

Guides fee, helicopter fees, hut fees, breakfast and dinner while at huts, one round trip to Haberl hut or two heli drops.

What’s not included:

Lift tickets, Sleeping bag, Valley Accommodation

Dates

March 6 – 12 2016  (Whistler + Tantalus)

Cost

$1892.34  + GST

Based on 3:1 ratio 4:1 max

Itinerary

This Itinerary is an overview of what will be covered. Depending on weather conditions the venue may change to get the best snow conditions and terrain for the current stability assessment.

Day 1:  Meet 7am in Whistler or Squamish / Lake Louise or Banff depending on weather.  Go over the week’s goals and objectives.   Equipment review.   If weather permits fly directly to Haberl Hut for the week.  Snow pack and stability discussion and relating stability to terrain.   Travel to backcountry for day of skiing and terrain recognition discussion.  Travel through complex terrain.  Advanced snowpack characteristic recognition and quick stability assessment checks.   Hazard recognition.   Evening debrief.

Day 2:  Meet 7am – Rope skills introduction day on Whistler Mt./RMR/LL/Haberl Hut
·       Anchor Building
·       Rappelling
·       Lowering
·       Safe Cornice control
·       Rope ascension
·       Belaying for steep snow travel on mountain faces or ridges
·       Cliff mitigation
·       Companion rescue test
·       Evening debrief

Day 3: Meet 7am – Moving though complex terrain day: Whistler Mt./RMR/LL/ Keith’s Hut
·       Steep skiing tactics
·       Sluff control
·       Lowering into a slope
·       Evening debrief

Day 4: Meet 7am – Crevasse Rescue rope skills day-(Helicopter flight to Haberl Hut?)/Whistler Mt./RMR/LL/ Keith’s Hut
·       Crevasse rescue (on day 2 if we fly directly to Haberl Hut)
·       Rope skills reinforcement
·       Evening debrief

Day 5:  Meet 6am – Glacier/Big Mountain Ski Decent:  Tantalus/Ice Field/Rogers Pass
·       Complex Glacier travel day
·       Complex ski decent
·       Evening debrief

Day 6: Start at 7am – Big Mountain Ski Descents:  Tantalus/Ice Fields/Rogers Pass
·       Helicopter drop in the Tantalus
·       Ski/Snowboard the sick and the Gnar
·       Evening debrief

Day 7: Start at 7am – Big Mountain Ski Descents:  Tantalus/Ice Field/Rogers Pass
·       Ski to Squamish River / Fly to Airport
·       Jet Boat Ride to the Watershed grill
·       Review of week
·       Evening debrief
·       Slide show