Intro to Ski Mountaineering

Learn the Skills Needed to Unlock Glaciated, Steep or Technical Terrain

Intro to Ski Mountaineering

Learn the Skills Needed to Unlock Glaciated, Steep or Technical Terrain

Master Technical Rope Systems

Practice Anchor Building and Assessments

So Many More Skills To Learn Below!

Is This Camp For You?

Intermediate

As a minimum, you should have an intermediate level of backcountry ski experience, be comfortable with your touring gear, and have already completed the AST-1 course or equivalent (preferably AST-2). You should also have a good level of fitness: some of the bigger objectives will involve an alpine start and a 10+ hour ski day. If you have any questions about your suitability for this course, please contact the National Office before registering.
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Trip Description

Are you ready to take the next step in your backcountry skiing career? Sometimes just lapping that great powder field isn’t enough and you want to start testing yourself on technical summits or steep couloirs. Like many things in the mountains, increased challenge comes with increased risk. Which is why we’ve developed a course to teach you the skills needed to progress safely and responsibly.

Based out of the Banff/Canmore/Lake Louise area, this camp puts you on the doorstep of some of the best ski mountaineering terrain in North America at a time of the year when the snowpack is typically more stable, crevasses have good coverage and the ski quality is at its best. Combine that with our highly experienced guides, and the foundations are set for a full week of summits, couloirs and learning. Not to mention you can say goodbye to the -30 weather!

Come push your winter capabilities further with the ACC this spring!

Guides

Pancho
Francisco Medina - SCH
Francisco – AKA Pancho – is originally from Santiago, Chile where he began his outdoor pursuits at an...
Pancho
Francisco Medina - SCH
Francisco – AKA Pancho – is originally from Santiago, Chile where...
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Our ACMG certified Full mountain guides will ensure your adventure is both safe and enjoyable. Our guides will be welcome to answering questions about the region as well as everything from ski technique to gear.

The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!

*Guiding Staff for a trip sometimes have to be swapped out due to unavoidable circumstances. In this event ACC staff with contact you as soon as possible to update you on any changes to trip staffing

Objectives

This course aims to teach you core ski mountaineering skills such as:

  • Use of ski crampons
  • Use of boot crampons and ice axe
  • Rapid transitioning
  • Rapelling and anchor assessment
  • Crevasse rescue techniques
  • Basic rope rescue techniques
  • Roping up for glacier travel

As well as hard skills, there will be opportunity to develop softer skills such as:

  • Trip planning
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • Navigation and route finding
  • Leadership tactics and decision making

The focus of this course is on skill development. But we aim to give you first-hand experience on more involved objectives where learning can happen in a realistic environment. These could include:

  • Cirque Peak (plus couloir)
  • Crowfoot Mountain
  • Crowfoot Couloir
  • Cathedral Mountain
  • Grand Daddy Couloir
  • Many more!

Our experienced guides will be there to supervise and coach, but this course is meant to get you out and give you the skills you need to be an independent ski mountaineer.

Day-by-Day Adventure Itinerary

Day 1:
8:00am meet-up with your guide at a pre determined location (details will be sent our one week before the course starts). Introductions, gear checks and a brief companion rescue practice will be followed by an easy day in the backcountry where you can familiarize yourself with the guide and the other participants.
Day 2-3:
Workshops on each of these days will see you tackling local but diverse ski mountaineering objectives. Trip planning will take place the evening before each day with the group then executing each objective in an increasingly independent manner, while always being under the supervision of our experienced guide
Day 4:
A final field day will be followed by a group debrief with your guide. Participants will then pack up and head home.

Food, Accommodation and Rentals

Food

Food is not included in this course. Please bring a packed lunch and snacks for each day.

Accommodation

We recommend staying in Canmore or Banff to be the most central to daily objectives. Why not top of your experience with a stay at our Canmore Clubhouse hostel. Please check with our front desk for availability and bookings

Rentals

If you don't have everything on the gear list and aren't ready to invest in your own, there are many awesome local businesses that rent out all of the equipment you will need. Be sure to reserve your rentals ahead of time to make sure everything you need is available for you when you need it.

Coming from the Bow Valley? Check out Gear Up in Canmore. ACC members get 10% off all gear rentals!
  • Coming from Calgary? We recommend renting your gear from MEC, the University of Calgary Outdoors Center, or the Norseman.
  • Coming from the Revelstoke? Give Revelstoke Powder Rentals a try.

Included

  • 4 days of professional guiding at max 6:1 ratios by certified ACMG mountain guides
  • All Group Gear

Not Included

  • Transportation to and from the trailhead
  • Accommodation
  • Lunches and Snacks!
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

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Adventure Hazards

We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

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