Steeps and Peaks

Skills to Get up Big Mountains and down Steep Faces

Our 2 day Ski Mountaineering course is the complete program to take backcountry skiing to the next level.  This course will focus on skills for safe skiing in remote heavily glaciated terrain, route planning, glacier travel, steep mountain faces, technical ascents/descents, advanced avalanche training and white out navigation.

Our courses run at a maximum 6:1 Student to Guide Ratio to ensure participants gain as much as possible from the course.


Course Dates: December 16/17, January 6/7, February 17/18, March 10/11 and March 31/ April 1

The Goods

Length: 2 Days

Locations: 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: 6:1

Price: $325


What You Will Learn

Our Steeps and Peaks course focuses on travelling in alpine terrain and skiing interesting lines safely. This course focuses on glaciology, steep snow faces, avalanche assessment and group dynamics.

Day 1

  • Understanding required gear

  • Understanding glacier, alpine environment, crevasse formation, bergschrund formation.

  • Roping up for glacier travel, up/down

  • White out navigation

Day 2 – Alpine objective

  • Route planning
  • Snow stability forecasting
  • Steep snow climbing/descending
  • Steep ski techniques

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 2 day action packed course is geared for skiers and riders who already have a strong understanding of ski touring techniques.  The ideal participant is motivated to learn safe and efficient ski mountaineering techniques as well as have an understanding on how they wish to apply these skills in the future.

  • Ski Touring Experience

  • Understanding with Climbing Knots and Gear

  • Understanding of Alpine Ski Routes they would like to accomplish

  • Strong Ski Ability

Scheduled Courses 2017 / 2018

December 16, 17 $325 / person

January 6, 7 $325 / person

February 17, 18 $325 / person

March 10, 11 $325 / person

March 31, April 1 $325 / person

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



8:00am- Meet & Greet at the base of Whistler Blackcomb

9:00-4:00pm- Backcountry skiing/ riding

4pm- Back to the cars for debriefing & high fives

What's Included
  • 2 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment (harness, helmet, crevasse rescue and group gear)
Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Transportation to and from meeting point
  • Avalanche safety gear
  • Backcountry ski pass (if applicable)
Gear List

Avalanche Gear

  • Avalanche beacon
  • Probe
  • Shovel


  • 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.


  • 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


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


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:

Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement


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


  • Insurance is free in entire country


  • Private insurance is recommended


  • 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.