Women's Ski Mountaineering

Open the Door to a World of Adventures

Big Mountains, Glaciers, Steeps and Summits!  Learn the skills to get after big peaks and objectives.  Our 3 day Women's Mountaineering course is the complete program to take backcountry skiing/split-boarding to the next level.  Join one of our awesome professionally certified female guides for an intensive structured educational and a supportive atmosphere to push your limits.

This course will focus on the required gear for mountaineering, understanding the alpine environment, glacier travel, whiteout navigation, route planning, steep snow climbing and steep riding.

 

Course Dates: January 3-5, February 21 -23, March 6-8.

The Goods

Length: 3 Days

Locations: Whistler, BC.

Prerequisites: AST 1 or equivalent and excellent ski ability.

Highlight Skills: Glacier travel, crevasse rescue, steep skiing and group management.

Season: Scheduled Dates All Winter.

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1

Price: $480

What You Will Learn

Our Women's Ski Mountaineering course is focused on travelling in alpine terrain and skiing interesting lines safely.  The main topics are glaciers, steep snow faces, avalanche assessment and group dynamics.

Day 1

  • Understanding required gear

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

  • Roping up for glacier travel, up/down

  • White out navigation

Day 2 – Alpine objective

  • Route planning
  • Snow stability forecasting
  • Steep snow climbing/descending
  • Steep ski techniques

Day 3 – Alpine Objective

  • Route planning
  • Snow stability forecasting
  • Student leads
  • Lead debrief sessions

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 three-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 on how they wish to apply these skills in the future.

  • Ski Touring Experience

  • Understanding of Climbing Knots and Gear

  • Understanding of Alpine Ski Routes they would like to accomplish

  • Strong Ski Ability

Scheduled Courses 2019 / 2020

January 3 - 5 $480 / person

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

February 21 - 23 $480 / person

March 6 - 8 $480 / person

Add-Ons

W/B Backcountry Pass

$69/Day

Whistler Accomodation

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Day 1

  • Understanding required gear
  • Understanding glacier, alpine environment, crevasse formation, bergschrund formation.
  • Roping up for glacier travel, up/down
  • White out navigation

Day 2 – Alpine objective

  • Route planning
  • Snow stability forecasting
  • Steep snow climbing/descending
  • Steep ski techniques

Day 3 - Alpine objective

  • Route planning
  • Snow stability forecasting
  • Student leads
  • Lead debrief sessions
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 (can be purchased for $69/day)
  • Lunch 
  • Transportation
Gear List

Avalanche Gear

  • Avalanche beacon
  • Probe
  • Shovel

Hardware

  • 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 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.

Clothing

  • 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

Miscellaneous

  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Sun screen
  • Sun hat
  • Ski strap
  • Small personal ski repair kit
  • Personal first aid, medication
  • Camera

Lunch/Water

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, cancelation 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.

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