Join me for 7 nights at Snowfall Lodge for both your AST 2 and a Glacier Travel Course!

South Illusion Peak, Snowfall Lodge
South Illusion Peak, Snowfall Lodge

During this course, we will spend most of our time ski touring and learning along the way. I try to have the students leading as much as possible while I supervise our exposure to hazards and search for learning opportunities.

Location - Snowfall Lodge (Selkirk Mountains)

Snowfall Lodge is a remote heli-accessed lodge nestled in the Battle Range, South West of Rogers Pass in the Selkirk Mountains. It has a deep snowpack with granitic peaks and glaciers to explore. You will get a LOT more out of this course location compared with Rogers Pass, because once we arrive, there will be 7 days with no driving, no valley bottom slogs, and no tracks to follow.

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Beaton and fly into Snowfall Lodge, Avalanche Rescue Practice and AST 2 classroom session.

Days 2-7: Complete AST 2 and Glacier Travel Course while skiing!

Day 8: Fly from Snowfall Lodge to Beaton and say goodbye

Beowulf Glacier, Snowfall Lodge
Beowulf Glacier, Snowfall Lodge

Guide/Instructor

This course will be taught by myself and fellow IFMGA Mountain Guide Pierre Hungr  if we have enough people for a second group.

Prerequisites

  • Strong ski/snowboard skills to manage navigating crevasses and steep trees.
  • Good fitness to access glaciated terrain.
  • At least 20 days experience ski touring.
  • AST 1 or equivalent training and experience.
Illusion Glacier, Snowfall Lodge
Illusion Glacier, Snowfall Lodge

Skills you will learn?

Glacier Travel

  • How and when to use rope(s)
  • Anticipating crevasses
  • "Reading" glaciers
  • Recognizing crevasses in poor light
  • Travelling on a glacier in a white-out
  • Snow anchors
  • Arresting a crevasse fall
  • Crevasse rescue techniques

Avalanches

  • LOTS about decision making and how to avoid avalanches. Please see more details here
Snowfall Lodge
Snowfall Lodge

Dates and Price

December 12th to 19th 2021            7 nights         6:1 ratio          $2495 + 5% GST        (5-6 per group)    FULL

This course is full. Please send me an email if you'd like to be put on a waiting list.

E-Transfer is the preferred method of payment, otherwise please contact me for alternate payment. Please make sure you have read through my booking conditions before making a payment.

Included

  • Accomodation and food at Snowfall Lodge
  • Return Helicopter flight to Snowfall Lodge from Beaton
  • 7 days of guiding/instruction at 6:1 ratio with IFMGA Mountain Guides
  • AST 2 Course
  • Glacier Travel Course
  • Ropes

Excluded

  • Travel to and from the staging area in Beaton
  • Personal glacier travel equipment
  • Accommodation in Revelstoke

Equipment list

  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Transceiver (3-antenna)
  • Ski Touring Skis or plitboard
  • Skins
  • Personal repair kit specific to your equipment
  • Ski touring boots/snowboarding boots
  • Ski poles
  • Headlamp
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal first aid supplies
  • Toque
  • Minimum 1L water bottle or Thermos
  • 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
  • Thick gloves
  • Spare gloves
  • Lightweight harness (if possible otherwise climbing harness will work)
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • 240cm sewn sling (or 5m of webbing)
  • 5m x 6mm accessory cord
  • Personal prussik
  • Micro-traxion (optional)
  • Tibloc (optional)
  • Ice screw (between 12-22cm)
  • 40L backpack
  • Avaluator 2 (can be shared with another participant)
  • Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain fieldbook (Recommended, can be purchased from www.avalanche.ca)
  • Face Mask (COVID)