"This 8 day Ski Mountaineering Course is for experienced ski tourers looking to take it to the next level"
Location - Remote glaciated terrain near Revelstoke
We will fly via helicopter into a remote camp in the Selkirk or the Monashee Mountains, where we have some of the best ski mountaineering on the planet; deep snowpack, big glaciers, and technical peaks to climb and ski. By starting up high every day we will eliminate lengthy valley bottom approaches, leaving more time and energy for for the alpine.
What will you learn?
Madeleine and I will teach you the skills you need to navigate steep and complex glaciated terrain in spring conditions. We will have a mix of skills sessions and then putting it in practice on real objectives under our watchful eye at a maximum ratio of 3:1. We will aim to cover the following topics:
- How and when to "rope up"
- How to use ski crampons
- How to use boot crampons
- How to use an ice axe
- Avalanche safety in spring conditions
- Advanced glacier travel
- Advanced route-finding
- Steep skiing techniques
- Crevasse rescue techniques
- Snow camping tips
- Rappelling into ski lines
- Dealing with bergschrunds
- Day 1: Fly into basecamp, setup and work on skills.
- Day 2-7: Ski mountaineering objectives and skills sessions.
- Day 7 afternoon: Fly back to Revelstoke
Please note: If we are unable to fly into camp on the first day due to weather, we may run some skills session in Revelstoke until we get a suitable window for flying.
This course will be taught by Alex Geary and Madeleine Martin-Preney.
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). She has skied the highest mountain in Canada (Mt Logan), and ski toured all over Canada, Europe and India.
If there is enough interest, we may add a third ACMG Ski or Mountain Guide.
- 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 two season's experience ski touring (total 50+ days)
- AST 2 or equivalent training/experience (or Ops 1)
- Snow camping experience
- Return heli flight to a remote basecamp
- 8 days of ski mountaineering instruction at 3:1 ratio
- Travel to and from staging area
- Camping equipment
- Personal ski mountaineering equipment
- Accommodation in Revelstoke
Participants will be limited to 100lbs of gear each for the helicopter:
- Ski touring skis or splitboard
- Personal repair kit specific to your equipment
- Skin wax (or a candle)
- Ski touring boots/plastic snowboarding boots
- Boot crampons
- Ski Crampons
- Ice axe
- Ski poles
- Personal first aid supplies
- Sun hat
- 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
- 3 locking carabiners
- 4 non-locking carabiners
- 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
- 1 x 60m "single" climbing rope between 2 people
- 35-45L backpack
- 4-season Tent
- Stuff sacks (or alternative) to anchor tent in snow
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Mats (closed cell foam plus air mattress)
- Down/synthetic booties
- Pee bottle (optional)
- Cooking stove and fuel
- Large pot dedicated for melting snow
- Food for 8 days