Big Mountain Skiing

Skills to Get up Big Mountains and down Steep Faces

Our Big Mountain Skiing course is the most advanced recreation course offered. Modelled on the Ski Guide training program, this course will push your ability and confidence as a backcountry skier.  Participants can expect to leave this course with the ability to make structured and well-educated decisions to be self-sufficient in big mountain terrain.

Participants are required to submit a resume to be accepted into this course.

The Goods

Length: 5 Days

Location: Whistler, BC.

Prerequisites: AST 1 (or equivalent), alpine ski touring experience and strong ski ability (double black diamond runs).

Highlight skills: Training on glaciated terrain, accessing steep ski lines and navigation.

Season: Scheduled Dates All Winter

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 4:1 Guest to Guide

Price: $1050

 

What You Will Learn

Our Big Mountain Skiing course focuses on travelling in alpine terrain and skiing interesting lines safely.  As an advanced level course, we will also focus on student leads so the guide can offer direct feedback to participants and target learning to the students skill set.

  • 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

I want to say a big thank you to the Altus team for enabling my future multi-pitch adventures, I feel really good about how today's course has prepared me for the big leagues 🙂

- Mark T

It doesn't get any better than this! Can't wait to get back out there with the Altus guides - don't leave home without 'em!

- Nigel B

Is This for You

This program is designed for avid ski touring individuals who want to step up their Big Mountain skiing and riding skills by getting into complex, or even extreme, terrain.

  • Excellent Ski Ability

  • 50 + Days of Ski Touring

  • AST 2 or Equivalent
  • Good Fitness (ability to ski tour back to back 1500m days)

Scheduled Courses 2017 / 2018

January 11 - 15 $1050 / person

February 15 - 19 $1050 / person

March 22 - 26 $1050 / person

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

Add-Ons

Warm-Up Session

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Whistler Accommodation

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Itinerary

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: 

  • Go over the week’s goals and objectives.  
  • Equipment review.   
  • Snow pack and stability discussion 
  • Travel to the backcountry for the day of skiing and terrain recognition discussion.  
  • Evening debrief.

 

Day 2:  

  • Anchor Building
  • Rappelling
  • Lowering
  • Safe Cornice control
  • Rope ascension
  • Belaying for steep snow travel on mountain faces or ridges
  • Companion rescue test
  • Evening debrief

Day 3: 

  • Steep skiing tactics 
  • Sluff control
  • Lowering into a slope
  • Evening debrief

Day 4:

  • Crevasse rescue (on day 2 if we fly directly to Haberl Hut)
  • Rope skills reinforcement
  • Evening debrief

Day 5: 

  • Complex Glacier travel day
  • Complex ski decent
  • Evening debrief

 

What's Included
  • 5 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment
Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Transportation to and from meeting points
  • Lift tickets (if applicable)
  • Heli flight (if applicable)
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.

Booking policy

Making a booking

Greater than 14 days from start date

  • 20% deposit is required to secure your guides and or trip. Remaining trip cost is due 14 days

Less than 14 days from start date

  • Trip cost must be paid in full

*Subject to change based on particular trip

Forms of payment

Credit card: Visa, Mastercard

Email transfer: info@altusmountainguides.com

Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement

Cancellations

Greater than 30 days from start date

  • Deposit will be refunded in full

30 to 14 days prior to trip commencement

  • Deposit amount will be forfeited

Less than 14 days

  • Full trip amount will be forfeited

*Subject to change based on particular trip

*All cancellations must be received in writing

Cancellations by Altus Mountain Guides

Upon confirming your booking we guarantee the trip departure. If we cancel a trip for any reason prior to the start date a full refund will be provided. If we are forced to cancel a trip for any reason after the trip start date, a full refund for the unused portion of the trip will be provided.

Trip cancellation insurance

Upon confirmation of your trip Altus Mountain Guides enters into financial obligation and cannot refund payment or release you from your contractual obligation except for condition stated below in “Cancellations” Therefore in an effort to avoid unnecessary cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance is strongly recommended in the event you can not participate or if your trip is interrupted “for any reason”. This is available from most travel companies. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy or obtaining insurance.

Cancellation insurance

  • Tugo

Medical/Evacuation Insurance

All participants must have personal internationally accepted medical insurance for all activities pertaining to your trip that also includes emergency rescue and evacuation. With your insurance please ensure you will be covered for “roped travel” if booking a technical trip.

*The required insurance depends on location

Canada

  • Insurance is free in entire country

USA

  • Private insurance is recommended

France 

  • Mountain climbing rescue is free

Switzerland, Italy, Austria

  • Privates or alpine club insurance is required.

*Europe: We recommend the following: Austrian alpine club membership, REGA

Additional fees

Longer & more involved routes may have additional premiums, driving, accommodation,& food costs are trip dependent.

Please contact us for details and a full quote.

 

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.