INTRO WINTER TRAVEL

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$330.00 / person

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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.

Trips are available for backcountry skiers and snowboarders, as well as snowshoers. If you don't own your own touring gear and would like to try it out, Ski Tak Hut offers 50% 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.

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ADVANCED WINTER SKILLS

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$825.00 / person

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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 50% 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.

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GLACIER SKI COURSE

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$495.00 / person

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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 50% 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.

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BACKCOUNTRY PERFORMANCE

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$525.00 / person

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An increasing number of people are thinking about getting into the backcountry these days. The numbers on our avalanche courses are a good indication of that! But for many, it's their skiing or snowboarding skills in natural snow conditions that need attention. That's why we've developed this program consisting of three, two-hour, low-ratio sessions with a high-end ski or snowboard coach, followed by a day of off-piste backcountry with our certified guides.

Pricing is based on instructor-to-student ratio with the maximum ratio being 3:1. Participants choose the dates and times for their sessions. As these programs are low ratio and priced at 2:1, even if you are on your own, you should contact us to book dates. We'll work to try to find another person to join you.

If you don't own your own touring gear, Ski Tak Hut offers 50% 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.

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