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Banff / Canmore

Private / Custom Mountaineering: Banff & Canmore

Private Custom Mountaineering Trips

Summary

 Summer
  • 2 people: $275/day per person (surcharges may apply)

Location: Banff or Canmore   Duration: 1+ Days   Fitness: Average   Ability: Beginner   Prerequisites: None  

If you have a route or objective in mind that you don’t see listed on our site, why not consider taking a privately guided trip to help you realize your mountaineering goal. We will work with you to plan your custom adventure.

 

Make a Booking

To make a booking please call 1 855 938 9242 or email us at info@mountainskillsacademy.com

Adventure Information

There are a multitude of spectacular alpine climbs and mountaineering objectives within the Rockies

If you have a route or objective in mind that you don’t see listed on our site, why not consider taking a privately guided trip to help you realize your mountaineering goal.

We will work with you to plan your custom adventure.

Contact us for more information or to set up a trip.

Provided upon registration.

Things to bring:

Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures has a wide variety of retail and rental products, all available at our office retail location.

Group (Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures to supply)

  • Satellite Phone / Spot / Radio
  • Rope
  • Climbing Rack

Personal items

  • 35-45L pack
  • 3 season sleeping bag
  • Walking pole (optional)
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • 2 Locking Carabiners
  • 1 double length sling
  • Glacier Travel Kit (if you know how to use it)
  • Clothing – base layers, insulating layer (synthetic or wool. Cotton is not recommended) and shell layer (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Spare underwear, base layer and socks
  • Warm gloves & spare gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen/lip balm
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries and spare bulb
  • Water bottle – thermos recommended for hot beverage
  • Toiletries & personal medications – toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, anti-inflammatory, etc…

Optional

  • Ear Plugs
  • Reading and Writing Material (Rite in the Rain)
  • Hut or Camp Shoes/Booties (if staying at huts)
  • Camera
  • Blister kit (second skin or similar)
  • Knife
Cost: 

The fees below are set by the number of people in your group. The guide to client ratio will be determined by the difficulty and technicality of your objective. For intermediate and advanced climbs we recommend no more than 1 guide to 2 client ratio, for beginner level ascents and basic instruction ratios can reach 1:6

Ratio 1:1 $450 per day

Ratio 2:1 $260 per person per day

Ratio 3:1 $200 per person per day

4 or more participants $165 per person per day

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.

Emergency Evacuation and Medical

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by National Health.

We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:

All course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept Credit Card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to First Aid and WFR courses.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.


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