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. Both Skiers and Splitboarders are welcome.
Course Dates: January 23-27, February 14-18 and March 19-23
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
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 student's skill set.
- Advanced terrain recognition skills and applying snow pack characteristics to that terrain.
- Safe mountain travel technique
- Anchor Building
- 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 the 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 2019 / 2020
January 23 - 27 $1450 / person
All listed prices are in CAD and subject to 5% sales tax.
February 14 - 18 $1450 / person
March 19 - 23 $1450 / person
- 5 Full Days of Instruction with ACMG Guide
- All Technical Equipment (harness, crevasse rescue and group gear)
- Avalanche Rescue Equipment
- Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Ticket ($59/Day)
- Helicopter Flight (if applicable)
- Avalanche beacon
- Backcountry skis or split-board (skis, skins, poles)
- General mountaineering axe (steel) I will have a couple on hand as well
- 30-litre backpack or large enough to carry personal and some group gear
- Rope - We will provide but feel free to bring whatever 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
- Sun hat
- Ski strap
- Small personal ski repair kit
- Personal first aid, medication
Please arrive in the morning with food and drink for the day.
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!!!