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Tantalus Ski Mountaineering

Skier Skiing Tantalus Ski Mountaineering

Summary

 Winter
  • Adults: $899 per person (based on 4 people) Includes guide fee, group gear, helicopter and accommodation costs.

Location: Tantalus Range   Duration: 3 days   Fitness: Very Good   Ability: Intermediate   Prerequisites: AST-1 / Backcountry Experience  

The Tantalus Range is one of Canada’s premiere alpine destinations. The scenic helicopter ride offers panoramic views of Howe Sound and Garibaldi Mountain, while the quintessential hut provides easy access to exceptional backcountry terrain!

 

 

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Adventure Information

Join Klemen Mali and/or Eric Dumerac, our professional IMFGA Mountain Guides for a multi-day Tantalus ski mountaineering adventure (video)!

In this tour, guests will stay in the Jim Haberl Alpine Hut overlooking the finest runs in the range. The potential in this alpine playground is endless including moderate angle terrain, steep descents, and a variety of mountain aspects to explore on Mount Serratus, Alpha, and Dione.

 

Day one: Meet at the Black Tusk Helicopter at 07:00am to fly out.

Once at the hut, we will drop off our baggage and skin up a short ways to catch our first turns.

Upon returning to the hut, we have supper, and a social gathering to plan for the next day’s adventure.

At the end of the trip, we fly back to Squamish Heli-port returning around 16:00pm.

Group (MSAA to supply)

  • Satellite Phone / Spot / Radio
  • Ice / Climbing Gear
  • Rope

Personal items

  • 45L & pack
  • Touring skis / splitboard
  • Ski / snowboard boots
  • Skins
  • Poles (telescopic poles required for splitboarders)
  • Ski crampons
  • Ski helmet
  • Goggles
  • Harness
  • Ice axe
  • General repair kit: to repair packs, clothing, ski boots, skis, skins, etc.
  • Avalanche safety kit (transceiver, probe, shovel)
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • 1 auto-block device (ATC Guide)
  • 2 x 5m 7mm prussik
  • 0.5m personal prussik
  • 1 double length sling
  • 1 x 22cm ice screw
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Water bottles (minimum 2L capacity)
  • Personal care kit (toilet paper, toothbrush/toothpaste, personal medical drugs)
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Hut footwear (down booties, bootie covers)
  • Queen bed sheets / single bed sheets

Clothing

  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
  • Down or synthetic “puffy” insulated jacket
  • Insulating top and bottom underlayers and socks plus extras for multiple days
  • Warm Gloves (standard ski gloves are suitable) & extra gloves
  • Warm hat and extra hat, balaclava

Optional

  • Thermos
  • Ear Plugs
  • Pillow
  • Reading Material
  • Camera
  • Map, compass, GPS
  • Field book and pencil
  • Watch (with altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer)

Access: The helicopter is very cost effective as it negates a very arduous two day approach and its proximity to the heli-port makes the trip a bargain!

Accommodation: The Jim Haberl Hut is equipped with all amenities.

Food: The hut is equipped with a full service kitchen and bbq. With prior notice, catered meals can be arranged for the duration of the trip.

Gear: Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures has a wide variety of retail and rental products, all available at our office retail location. With advanced notice, we are also happy to help source any additional gear that you need for your trip!

Pricing: 3 days 2 nights: $900 per person based on 4 people

4 days 3 nights: $1250 per person based on 4 people

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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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