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.


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

Price: $1450


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
  • 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 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 2021/2022

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

January 22 - 26 $1450 / person

February 12 - 16 $1450 / person

March 18 - 22 $1450 / person


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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.