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


The Goods

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

Price: $480

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 the required gear

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

  • Roping up for glacier travel, up/down

  • Whiteout navigation

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

What's Included
  • 3 Full days of Instruction with ACMG Guide
  • All Technical Equipment (harness, crevasse rescue and group gear)
What's Not Included
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment
  • 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 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


  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • 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

Please take a moment to read and understand our policies before booking! Booking, payment, cancellation and weather policies, as well as FAQ, may be found here.

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.