"This 8 day Ski Mountaineering Course is for experienced ski tourers looking to take it to the next level"

Photo: Douglas Noblet
Photo: Douglas Noblet

Location - Fairy Meadows (Bill Putnam Hut)

The Northern Selkirks are one of the best places for ski mountaineering on the planet; deep snowpack, big glaciers, and technical peaks to climb and ski. The Bill Putnam Hut is situated in the upper reaches of the treeline, so you can walk straight out the door and get after it. This means we won't be wasting time bushwhacking in the valley floor in the morning darkness, we walk straight into the alpine and save our energy so we can learn day after day without getting exhausted......... Actually we'll still probably get exhausted, but in the Alpine!! 😉


Skills you will learn/refine?

  • How and when to "rope up"
  • Advanced glacier travel
  • Advanced route-finding
  • How to use ski crampons
  • How to use boot crampons
  • How to use an ice axe
  • Avalanche safety in spring conditions
  • Steep skiing techniques
  • Crevasse rescue techniques


This course will be taught by Alex Geary and Madeleine Martin-Preney.

Alex Geary is an ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide, with extensive experience guiding skiing and mountaineering all over the world, including many hundreds of days in the Selkirk Mountains.

Madeleine Martin-Preney is an ACMG Ski Guide, part of the first team ever to complete a ski traverse of the Selkirk Mountains (520+km and 43,000+m elevation gain), also with several hundred days experience guiding ski touring in the Selkirk Mountains.


  • Strong ski/snowboard skills (able to ski double black runs at a ski area in variable conditions)
  • Good fitness (able to climb 1500m elevation in a day)
  • At least one season's experience ski touring

Dates and Price

May 4th to 11th 2019            8 days         4:1 ratio          $2095         (minimum 5 participants)

E-Transfer is the preferred method of payment, otherwise please use the button below.


  • Return heli flight to the Bill Putnam Hut
  • Hut fees
  • 8 days of ski mountaineering instruction at 4:1 ratio


  • Travel to and from staging area at Heather Mountain Lodge
  • Food
  • Personal ski mountaineering equipment

Equipment list

  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Transceiver
  • Ski touring skis or splitboard
  • Poles
  • Skins
  • Personal repair kit specific to your equipment
  • Skin wax (or a candle)
  • Ski touring boots/plastic snowboarding boots
  • Boot crampons
  • Ski Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Helmet
  • Ski poles
  • Headlamp
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal first aid supplies
  • Toque
  • Sun hat
  • Suncream
  • Lip balm with UV protection
  • 2 x 1L water bottle or Thermos (no bladders!!)
  • Gore-tex (or equivalent) jacket
  • Gore-tex (or equivalent) pants
  • Puffy jacket
  • Warm layers for upper and lower body adequate for below freezing temperatures and wind
  • Socks x 2
  • Thick gloves
  • Thin gloves
  • Harness
  • 3 locking caribiners
  • 4 non-lockcarabiners
  • 240cm sewn sling
  • 5m x 6mm accessory cord
  • Personal prussik
  • 5m of tat (minimum strength 10kN left over cord/webbing you don't mind leaving behind for anchors)
  • Micro-traxion (optional)
  • tibloc (optional)
  • Ice screw
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Hut shoes
  • 1 x 60m "single" climbing rope between 2 people
  • 35-45L backpack