Steeps and Peaks
Skills to Get up Big Mountains and down Steep Faces
Our 3 day Ski Mountaineering course is the complete program to take backcountry skiing to the next level. This course will focus on safe skiing skills in remote, heavily glaciated terrain, route planning, glacier travel, steep mountain faces, technical ascents/descents, advanced avalanche training, and whiteout navigation.
Our courses run at a maximum of 6:1 Student to Guide Ratio to ensure participants gain as much as possible from the course.
Course dates: December 11 - 13, January 2 - 4, January 12 - 14, February 5 - 7, March 6 - 8 and March 26 - 28
Length: 3 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
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.
Understanding the required gear
Understanding glacier, an alpine environment, crevasse formation, bergschrund formation.
Roping up for glacier travel, up/down
Day 2 & 3 – Alpine objectives
- 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 3-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 of 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 2020 / 2021
December 11 - 13 $495 / person
January 2 - 4 $495 / person
January 12 - 14 $495 / person
February 5 - 7 $495 / person
March 6 - 8 $495 / person
March 26 - 28 $495 / person
8:00 am- Meet & Greet at the base of Whistler Blackcomb
9:00-4:00pm- Backcountry skiing/ riding
4 pm- Back to the cars for debriefing & high fives
- 3 Full days of Instruction with ACMG Guide
- All Technical Equipment (harness, crevasse rescue and group gear)
- Avalanche Rescue Equipment
- Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Ticket
- 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!!!