Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Course

Skills to Avoid Crevasses and What to Do if You Don't

Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue is the essential course for any skier or rider looking to venture into glaciated terrain.  Whether you are crossing glaciers or boot packing over bergschrunds, if you ski in big mountains you will spend lots of time on glaciers.  Learn how to safely travel across glaciers and learn what to do if you or your partner take the plunge!  Glacier dynamics, glacier assessment, risk factors, glacier travel and companion rescue (crevasse extraction) are the focus of this 2-day course.


Course Dates: December 7/8, December 28/29, January 18/19, February 8/9, February 29/March 1.


Courses available in Squamish & Vancouver, BC upon request.


The Goods

Length: 2 Days

Locations: Whistler and Squamish, BC.

Meeting point: The Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: Previous ski touring experience, AST 1 (or equivalent) and good fitness.

Highlight Skills: Assessing glaciers, roping up on glaciers and crevasse rescue roped & unroped.

Season: Scheduled Dates All Winter

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1

Price: $325


What You Will Learn

Our Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel course covers the gear necessary for glacier travel and rescue as well as a wide range of glacier travel techniques, glaciology and how to perform crevasse rescue in various scenarios.

Day 1 – Crevasse Rescue and Rope Skills

  • Understanding required gear

  • Snow anchors

  • Haul: drop loop, 3:1, 6:

  • Rappel and rope climbing

  • Lowering/belay into to steep line or cornice

  • Setting up rappel in snow

  • Roping up for glacier travel

Day 2 – Glacier Travel

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

  • Identify mountain hazard

  • Snow assessments in big and or steep terrain

  • Assessing glaciers

  • Navigation

  • Route planning

  • Managing cornices

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

If you have logged some time backcountry skiing or climbing and are ready to push up into glaciated alpine terrain.

  • Moderate Ski Touring Experience

  • Excellent Ski or Board Ability (Black Diamonds)

  • Good Fitness (500 - 1000m/Day)

Scheduled Courses 2019 / 2020

December 7, 8 $325 / person

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

December 28, 29 $325 / person

January 18, 19 $325 / person

February 8, 9 $325 / person

February 29, March 1 $325 / person





9:00 am - Meet at Howe Sound Brewery, power point presentation, gear and rescue technique overview

12:00 - Travel to the cliff for practical rescue practice. Weather dependent

4:30 pm - Day wrap up, plan for tomorrow


8:30 am - Upload Whistler or Blackcomb backcountry

Objective: Glacier Travel, roping up, navigation, ski anchors, rescue practice 

5:00 pm - Back to cars

What's Included
  • 2 Full Days of Instruction with ACMG Guide
  • All Technical Equipment (harness, crevasse rescue and group gear)
What's Not Included
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment (we can supply if necessary for $30/day)
  • Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Ticket
  • Lunch
  • Transportation
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 shoulder length sling
  • 4 locking carabiners
  • 2 non-locking 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.