Ski Super Course
Per Person: $650
Learn every safety aspect of backcountry skiing to further your exploration!
Duration: 4 Days
Fitness: Very Good
Prerequisites: AST 1
This ultimate backcountry super ski course incorporates a comprehensive skill set including Winter Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel, and Ski Mountaineering. If your plan is to get to the next level and start exploring farther, then challenge yourself to this course. You will learn from passionate, highly trained instructors to gain the most value and knowledge.
This ultimate backcountry ski course incorporates both of these important courses:
- Winter Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel
- Ski Mountaineering
- Based out of Whistler, we are part of the Coast Mountain Range with a variety of backcountry destinations, varied snowpacks and expansive mountain terrain to teach this course.
This comprehensive course is designed to provide backcountry skiers & riders with a full complement of skills necessary to undertake every facet of the sport. Core skills are backcountry ski technique, route selection, track setting, glacier travel, rescue systems, ski mountaineering, glacier skiing, tree skiing and avalanche hazard mitigation.
Each day will end at approximately 4:30pm with a debrief of the day and discussion of the next day's objectives, including creating a trip plan.
Day 1: Meet the guide at 8:15am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. The guide will have everyone sign a waiver before discussing the current weather and the course/day's objectives and perform a gear check. Today will focus on Crevasse Rescue rope techniques on dry land.
Day 2: Meet the guide at 8:15am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. The guide will lead a discussion on current weather and conditions before performing a gear check. The group will then head up the mountain to a local glacier, to practice glacier travel techniques.
Day 3: Meet the guide at 8:15am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. The guide will lead a discussion on current weather and conditions before performing a gear check. The group will then head up the mountain to focus on Ski Mountaineering equipment use and skills.
Day 4: Meet the guide at 8:15am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. The guide will lead a discussion on current weather and conditions before performing a gear check. The group will then head up the mountain to apply the skills learned over the last three days to a Ski Mountaineering objective.
- Rock climbing shoes
- Belay device
- 6 locking carabiners
- 120cm or 240cm sling
- Chalk bag
We recommend getting familiar with your own gear but we are happy to provide the gear if you let us know what you need.
Plan ahead, check the weather forecast, and dress accordingly.
- Climbing pants (light pants that allow maximum mobility)
- Mid layer fleece or wool top
- Weatherproof shell jacket
- Down or synthetic insulating “puffy” jacket
- Warm hat
- Light gloves
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Approach shoes
- Daypack 25-35L
Instructor provides group equipment:
- Anchor building equipment
Food and water are not included. Bring lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.
If you do not have your own climbing equipment please contact us to arrange to borrow helmets, harness or climbing shoes.
It is beneficial to practice using your own equipment under the supervision of a professional.
Day 1 - Winter Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel:
- Introduction to Glacier Kit
- Situational awareness
- Backing up anchor and approaching the lip
- Crevasse Rescue Scenario
Day 2 - Winter Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel:
- Glacier formation, physiology, terminology and travel including rope handling and taking coils
- Safe glacier travel route finding & track setting
- Traveling in echelon & belaying across crevasse bridges
- Downhill glacier skiing safety strategy
Day 3 - Ski Mountaineering Skills Day:
- Ascending/descending and moving in steeper firmer/crusted/icy slopes
- Belaying and rappelling, anchors
- Roped vs. unroped terrain – belaying, rope management, short roping, boot packing, stowing the skis on the pack, ridge walking
Day 4 - Ski Mountaineering Skills Day:
- Ski mountaineering objective
- Glacier travel & alpine hazard evaluation
- “Survival skiing” technique
Click HERE for the full curriculum