INTRO TO WINTER TRAVEL

$395.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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Looking to get into the mountains this winter? This two-day backcountry tour with one night of winter camping will get you started with the basics of gear choice, trip planning, winter camping, movement through mountain terrain in winter, avalanche awareness, map and terrain skills, and more. This course will help you take that first step into the winter backcountry. The meeting point is typically Mount Washington's Raven Lodge.

The trip scheduled for Jan 29-30 and Feb 26-27, 2022 are for snowshoers.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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ADVANCED WINTER SKILLS

$995.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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This five-day course caters to the island ski tourer who is looking to gain the skills and knowledge to travel efficiently and safely through our island terrain in the winter. Vancouver Island Mountains are unique in snowpack and topography which require the backcountry traveler to be well versed in route finding, navigation, rope management and avalanche hazard evaluation. This course will cover skills such as avalanche hazard management, rope management including protecting, belaying and lowering, crevasse rescue skills and white-out navigation.

This is an advanced-level course and the participant should be familiar with common climbing knots, hold a minimum AST1 certificate and be comfortable traveling for extended days in a backcountry winter environment.

If you don't own your own touring gear, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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BACKCOUNTRY PERFORMANCE

$470.00 / person

(at 2:1 ratio)
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Knowing how to ski well in natural conditions is essential to enjoyable and safe backcountry travel. Our Backcountry Performance course provides two low-ratio sessions with a qualified ski instructor, followed by a day in the backcountry with one of our ACMG-certified guides. Great for anyone looking to break free from the resort, or simply take their backcountry skiing to the next level.

Participants choose the dates and times for their sessions. As these programs are low ratio and priced at 2:1, please don’t hesitate to contact us to book dates if you are on your own. We'll work to try to find another person to join you.

Note that this is not a program for beginner skiers. Rather it is for skiers who are at minimum intermediate level on piste and looking to up their skiing standard to ski in natural snow conditions.

If you don't own your own touring gear, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

DISCLAIMER: All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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GLACIER SKI COURSE

$595.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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Take your ski touring to the next level by learning all about skiing in glaciated terrain. Glacier formation, route finding, roping for glacier travel and crevasse rescue are all covered in this three-day course which takes place in the spectacular Spearhead Range. This trip is off Island to take advantage of the heavily crevassed terrain in the Coast Mountains.

If you don't own your own touring gear, Ski Tak Hut offers 25% off rentals for all Island Alpine Guides customers while on one of our trips.

You should be an advanced skier or snowboarder in natural snow conditions to sign up for a posted trip. If your skiing ability is less than this, please get in touch so that we can create a compatible group for you.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page for details about our booking and cancellation policy, and other commonly asked questions.

All Island Alpine Guides courses and trips take place in an outdoor, wilderness environment. This means that as a participant you will be encountering various risks, dangers and hazards some of which include avalanches, cornices, crevasses, cliffs, trees, creeks, rockfall, difficult travel conditions, weather, illness, equipment failure, wild animals, becoming lost as well as the possibility of mistakes being made by IAG guides and instructors. To participate in these activities you will be required to read and agree to our waiver as part of the registration process. You will also be required to sign the waiver at the start of the course or trip. In doing so you will waive or give up certain legal rights including the right to sue or to claim compensation following an accident.

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INTRO TO BACKCOUNTRY TOURING

$195.00 / person

(at 6 :1 ratio) Next Trip: Dec 20, 2021 (day trip)
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This one-day beginner course provides tips and tricks needed for smooth travel in simple backcountry terrain, covering basics such as gear selection and use to skinning technique and route selection. Spend an enjoyable day with an IAG instructor, and gain experience moving through untracked terrain.

This course is an excellent precursor to AST1 and provides a fun and safe environment to try out alpine touring, split boarding or telemark. Great for anyone looking to gain some confidence on their gear, or those looking for a taste of what it’s like to break free from the resort.

Curriculum

  • Selecting, understanding, and using backcountry gear
  • Skinning technique
  • Basics of skiing in natural conditions
  • Introduction to winter travel considerations and hazards
  • Route finding and track setting
  • Opportunity for supervised practice and coaching
  • Suggestions for progression

Location

These trips utilize areas around Mount Washington for ease of access. Exact areas will be chosen based on conditions of the day, and group experience level.

Itinerary

A typical day begins at 08:30 and finishes around 16:00.

Participants will receive a pre-trip email one-week prior with exact meeting details.

Requirements

To maximize your enjoyment of the day, we ask that you:

  • Have moderate fitness (able to hike for 2-3 hours/day)
  • Have intermediate ski ability on-piste (meaning you can comfortably ski groomed blue square runs)
  • Are prepared to spend the day outside in variable conditions (please see gear list)

The choice between alpine touring skis, telemark skis or a splitboard is up to you. Choose the mode of transport that you are hoping to gain experience with.

Questions? Check out our FAQ page, or send us an email.

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