ELKHORN

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$530.00 / person

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The second-highest peak on Vancouver Island, Elkhorn is the "Matterhorn of the Island Alps". The classic North West Ridge was the line of first ascent by an Alpine Club expedition led by A.O Wheeler in 1912. While the first ascent was made 100 years ago, the 6,000ft ascent from the valley floor to the summit, as well as some low 5th-class rock climbing, means this trip is still challenging today. Some hiking and scrambling experience is recommended.

This trip is best done as a 3-day outing but can be done in 2 days by very fit parties. Trips listed at $530 are 2-day trips, whereas those listed at $795 are 3-day trips.

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BACKCOUNTRY TOUR | MOUNT WASHINGTON

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$165.00 / person

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Mount Washington offers some fine powder stashes on the shady aspects outside the ski area boundaries. If you've thought about heading out but lacked the skills and experience to venture into the uncontrolled backcountry, join one of our guides as they let you in on the secrets of the Mount Washington backcountry in a fun and safe way.

Tours can be done with your regular alpine skis or a snowboard using the lifts and vehicle shuttles to get back up for another run. If you're interested in doing a little uphill touring as well, we can incorporate touring skis or a splitboard for a more traditional touring day. Whether or not the group chooses to do some uphill on foot, we'll use the lifts to speed access and increase the quantity of downhill skiing or riding on the day. To facilitate this, we've arranged access to specially priced, 2-ride lift tickets that you'll purchase as an add-on below (unless you have a seasons pass or access to your own ticket).

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.

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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TANTALUS ASCENTS

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$1,325.00 / person

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Join us for some superb climbing on big glaciers and clean granite in the spectacular Tantalus Range. A short helicopter trip from Squamish drops us in the amazing Serratus/Dione Col, the site of the ACC Jim Haberl Hut. The hut makes for a comfortable stay while we spend 3 intensive days climbing objectives such as Mount Serratus, Dione, and Alpha, to name a few of the possibilities. These trips are done at lower ratios than our instructional trips to Tantalus to allow guiding of more ambitious objectives than we can mange on higher-ratio instructional trips.

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Rambler Peak

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$795.00 / person

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Set in the dramatic wilderness of the upper Elk Valley, Rambler peak offers one of the finest moderate technical rock routes anywhere. The West Buttress offers 650 metres of clean basalt climbing directly to the summit. Awesome as it is, the difficulty rating never exceeds 5.6. After enjoying the breathtaking view from the top, you make a dramatic descent into the vast granite slabs of Elk pass. Alternatively, less experienced parties can choose to ascend the more straightforward Ramblers Route. Either way it is a strenuous 3- or 4-day trip requiring reasonable fitness.

Our Intro to Rock or equivalent and some scrambling experience are recommended for the West Buttress, whereas no experience is required for the Ramblers Route. Price listed is for a 3-day trip. Please contact us for the price of a 4-day trip.

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DAY HIKES

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$165.00 / person

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For those who enjoy their hikes one day at a time, we have some great places to show you. Whether it's an alpine experience you're after, a coastal hike, or a stroll in the rainforest, let us show you the best that the island has to offer. Destinations for alpine day hikes include Rogers Ridge and Mount Adrian, Alexandra Peak, Crest Mountain, Mount Arrowsmith, and Peak 5040 to name but a few of the possibilities.

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BACKCOUNTRY TOUR | MOUNT CAIN

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$165.00 / person

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Mount Cain offers some of the quickest access to excellent backcountry skiing on Vancouver Island. The west, east and north bowls, Dream Chute, Mounts Able and Hapush are all possible destinations as part of a fun-filled day of ski touring. The T-bar can be used to up the amount of vertical skied or you can choose a more traditional backcountry day. Whether you use the T-bar or not, epic north island powder, stunning mountain scenery and the friendly culture of Mount Cain will ensure an unforgettable day. You can also join us for a weekend with overnight accommodation in a comfortable chalet on the mountain.

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 with us 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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COMOX GLACIER HIKE

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$495.00 / person

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For many who have gazed up from sea level to the Comox Glacier, the lure of standing on top is irresistible. Join our guides on a three-day hike to the summit. The views looking down from the top back to sea level are incredible. Although mostly a hike, some hikers may need the additional security of a rope on some of the rock steps and across the top of the Glacier.

Please note, this trip is best done as a three-day adventure, though very fit parties may choose to do it in two days. Please contact us for the price of a two-day trip.

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COLONEL FOSTER, FULL TRAVERSE

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$1,940.00 / person

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While the east face of "The Colonel" is perhaps its most well-known aspect, the truly all-encompassing approach to this impressive mountain is to claim all its summits. A superb 4-day alpine traverse with huge exposure and varied and interesting climbing, this is without a doubt an Island classic. Most of the climbing on this trip is 4th- and low 5th-class with a few moves up to 5.8. All the climbing can be done in mountain boots. You need to be very fit, have scrambling experience and be comfortable soloing on 4th-class ground.

Our Mountain Skills or equivalent, comfort with exposure, and a willingness to bivouac in the open are all pre-requisites to join us on this climb.

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2-DAY SKI TOUR

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$330.00 / person

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Mount Myra offers relatively quick access on foot to some excellent ski terrain. Skiing on all aspects is possible, as is some lovely tree skiing options, which make it a great location to get in some fabulous turns in virtually all-weather conditions. Conditions permitting, we will descend the full thousand metres of the north face.

Other excellent locations for foot-access ski tours include Mount Adrian, Alexandra Peak, Mount Cain, Mount Tom Taylor and a few other secret spots known to us.

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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AUGERPOINT TRAVERSE

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$660.00 / person

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This is our most popular mountain traverse for a reason. It's a spectacular hike with no technical difficultly at all. In a relatively short (four-day) timeframe, you get to experience the full wilderness splendour of Strathcona Park normally only enjoyed on the longer and more committing traverses. Starting at Paradise Meadows gives us the altitude advantage as we head up and over Mount Albert Edward and through the headwaters of the Oyster River before taking in the summit of Augerpoint Mountain and making our way down to Buttle Lake. A beautiful hike perfect for any reasonably fit person who loves mountain wilderness.

The elevation gains and distances travelled are not onerous, however you must be prepared to carry a three-night pack.

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COMOX GLACIER CLIMB

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$645.00 / person

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While our normal Comox Glacier Hike takes the standard hiking route on which there is a little scrambling at most, this trip reaches the glacier from a secret valley in behind and then via a rarely climbed couloir! Hike the amazing and rarely-visited Kweishun Valley to spend your first night at Mirren Lake. Then climb the snow couloir to just beside the summit of the Glacier and follow the normal route back down via the frog pond. This three-day climb travels over two glaciers and covers some of the most impressive terrain in Strathcona Park.

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LODGE SKI WEEK

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$2,350.00 / person

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For many of us, the ultimate ski touring trip includes epic days skiing soft fluff in spectacular surroundings, but it also includes a hot shower, a fine meal and a comfortable bed each night. If ski touring this way in a beautiful wilderness setting appeals to you, why not join us for an epic week at legendary McGillivray Pass in the spectacular the Coast Range this winter? Helicopter access to masses of awesome ski touring terrain and comfortable wilderness digs combine to make this a ski touring week not to be missed.

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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GLACIER TRIPLE CROWN

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$1,060.00 / person

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The Comox Glacier dominates the skyline above the towns of Courtenay and Comox. This gleaming mass of alpine ice is a tantalizing goal for the fit hiker. Accessible from the Comox Glacier are some significant alpine features, including Mount Argus, Mount Harmston and the Red Pillar. A spectacular traverse from the Ash River to the Comox Glacier to climb all three of these peaks makes a wonderful four-day mountain adventure if you are reasonably fit and have some hiking and scrambling experience. The views from these peaks are panoramic and unforgettable.

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SECRET VALLEY HIKE

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$125.00 / person

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Experience rugged mountain vistas, waterfalls cascading all around you from above, Island glaciation and the beauty of subalpine lakes. We discovered this hidden gem recently and are sure that this trip will become a classic destination. The hike takes you behind the Comox Glacier to an area that sees few visitors. From lakes and waterfalls to massive mountain walls and beautiful wildflowers this trip has it all. With the quickest access to big peaks and glaciers anywhere on the Island if you are going to do one alpine day trip, this is the one to do. Hiking times can vary from a few hours to a full day depending on group wishes. No matter how far or near up this valley you go, you will be rewarded with amazing scenery.

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NOOTKA TRAIL

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$1,280.00 / person

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Imagine all of the features of the famed West Coast Trail, put them in an even wilder and more remote setting, remove the massive numbers of tourists and you have the Nootka Trail. This remote and beautiful coastal walk takes in stunning, long, white sandy beaches, rocky headlands, coastal rainforest and ancient First Nations settlements. Abundant wildlife and a superlatively rich coastal ecosystem make this an unforgettable six-day trek.

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SPEARHEAD TRAVERSE

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$495.00 / person

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This classic coast mountain Haute Route starts on Whistler Mountain and works its way around the spectacular Spearhead Range. Traversing awesome terrain, bagging peaks, and of course making ski descents, are all features of this incredible three-day trip. This can also be combined with the Mystery Creek trip to make an amazing and committed seven-day mountain ski traverse.

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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VICTORIA PEAK

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$530.00 / person

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The Island's third-highest peak stands somewhat alone between White River and Gold River, offering splendid views to the peaks of Strathcona Park to the south, and the North Island peaks to the north. Aside from offering some interesting climbing, as it's outside the park, this peak offers relatively easy access on forestry roads making for a pleasant weekend or 3-day trip depending on fitness and desires.

Price listed is for a 2-day trip. Please get in touch for the price of a 3-day trip.

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KING'S PEAK

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$430.00 / person

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For those who love the mountains (and love standing on mountain peaks) but who prefer to avoid technical climbing, King's Peak is a superb alpine outing. A strenuous two-day hike takes you through beautiful valley bottom forest up into a rugged alpine setting to the summit with superlative views of the highest peaks of Strathcona Park.

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HELI-ACCESSED CLIMBS

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$595.00 / person

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With the use of a helicopter, a number of incredible alpine ascents on Vancouver Island become accessible in a single-day trip. These include Mount Matchlee, Victoria Peak and Rugged Mountain to name a few. All of these peaks have a number of routes from straightforward scrambles to more technical lines. Guest-to-guide ratios will depend on the technicality of the route chosen. Contact us for more information and a quote.

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MOUNT SEPTIMUS

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$1,060.00 / person

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Mount Septimus is perhaps the most dramatic alpine feature in Southern Strathcona Park. Rising above the park's most famous alpine body of water, Cream Lake, a climb of Mount Septimus during a traverse from the Bedwell Valley to the Price Valley makes a wonderful four-day trip. Some hiking and scrambling experience is recommended.

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MANATEE BASE CAMP

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$2,500.00 / person

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Spend six days in the shadow of the massive Wahoo tower skiing 1000m+ runs and touring in big mountain and glacier country. Accessed by a quick flight from Pemberton, BC, our base camp allows you ski out in a new direction everyday and return to great meals every night back at the Manatee Village.

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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NORTH COAST TRAIL

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$1,175.00 / person

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The recently opened North Coast Trail takes in Cape Scott and a beautiful remote stretch of the North Coast of Vancouver Island. This is our most demanding and remote coastal hike and is best suited to the more adventurous hiker. This 7-day trek has more elevation gain and loss than our other coastal hikes and is more rugged in general. But the rewards are great on a hike that takes in tremendous coastal wilderness in a remote setting which few people have seen.

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WADDINGTON SKI MOUNTAINEERING

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$3,300.00 / person

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Ski mountaineering in the crown of the Coast Mountains. Seven days of world-class ski touring with a chance at the NW summit of Mount Waddington make this one of the greatest ski mountaineering adventures anywhere. Peak objectives include Mounts Munday, Jester and Cavalier amongst others combined with long glacial ski runs on a scale found only in the high 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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GOLDEN HINDE

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$1,325.00 / person

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The lure of the highest peak is always strong. But with the Golden Hinde, the appeal is even greater due to the remoteness. Really more of a committed hiking journey, the trip up Vancouver Island's highest mountain does include terrain where a rope and perhaps an axe or crampons may come into use. Backpacking and scrambling experience are recommended. The walk to and ascent of the Hinde combine to make a magical five to eight day traverse on foot of some of the finest mountain wilderness anywhere, from Philips Ridge all the way to the Elk River. And to top it off, the summit of the island as a reward. A must-do for any island mountain enthusiast.

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WOMEN'S WASHINGTON BACKCOUNTRY DAY

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$165.00 / person

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Mount Washington offers some fine powder stashes on the shady aspects outside the ski area boundaries. If you've thought about heading out but lack the confidence to explore the uncontrolled backcountry, allow one of our guides to show you the secrets of the Mount Washington backcountry in a fun and supportive women-only group.

Tours can be done with your regular alpine skis or a snowboard using the lifts and vehicle shuttles to get back up for another run. If you're interested in doing a little uphill touring as well, we can incorporate touring skis or inserts on your alpine skis, plus skins and optional lift access for a more traditional touring day. The guide will design the trip to work with the group's objectives.

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.

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WASHINGTON/COMOX GLACIER TRAVERSE

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$1,155.00 / person

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A stunning seven-day traverse of the dramatic eastern edge of the mountains of Strathcona Park. Once we leave the forest in Paradise Meadows to head into the alpine, we barely touch tree-line again for the entire trip. To the west lie the mountains of Strathcona Park, and to the east, the ocean and the Coast Mountains. This is an arduous and very rewarding trip for fit people with a sense of adventure.

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MOUNT WADDINGTON

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$3,700.00 / person

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The highest mountain in BC has a lure of course, but Waddington is a very special peak for reasons beyond its place at the top of the elevation list. Set in a vast and dramatic wilderness, the height of Waddington is particularly noticeable when you stand on its 4015m summit and gaze upon the ocean. Our week-long trip into the Waddington area aims to climb a few other peaks in the area before heading for the main objective. If you have some mountaineering experience and Waddington has been on your list (as it is for mountaineers the world over!) please get in touch to set up a trip.

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PERSEVERANCE CREEK ADVENTURE HIKE

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$100.00 / person

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A family adventure hike including forest trails, and a creek descent past beautiful pools and even a little rope work

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SKI WASHINGTON/COMOX GLACIER

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$1,050.00 / person

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Traveling this traverse in the summer is a delight, but a winter ski traverse is when it really shines. Staying above tree line for essentially the entire traverse, this ski tour takes in the height of land on the eastern edge of Strathcona Park where you can enjoy countless summits and all with superlative views of the Island and Coastal Mountains, and the Straight of Georgia. Previous ski touring experience is recommended for this seven-day trip.

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 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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HELI HIKING

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$515.00 / person

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With a helicopter giving quick and easy access to the world above tree line, a spectacular alpine hike is possible in a single day. Imagine walking amidst the splendour of high peaks and meadows strewn with alpine flowers while gazing down upon the glistening waters of the pacific ocean.

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HELI-ACCESSED TOUR

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$550.00 / person

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With a helicopter to whisk you straight into high alpine terrain, great ski terrain is accessible for a day tour in the Island Alps. Start the day by flying to the top of a run and skiing down. From there a day of touring unfolds with descents possible on many aspects, and circuit tours a possibility. The helicopter comes back to pick you up after a great day of touring.

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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MOUNT ARROWSMITH DAY HIKE

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$165.00 / person

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Join us on a day hike to the spectacular summit of Mount Arrowsmith. The going is steep and strenuous but the rewards are great with superlative views of the Coastal Mountains, the peaks of Strathcona Park and the ocean on both sides of the island from the Alberni Inlet to the Salish Sea.

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DEVIL'S LADDER RAPPEL

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$75.00 / person

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Standing 350 feet above the waters of Comox Lake (just five minutes from Cumberland), the Devil's Ladder offers a super fun opportunity for a journey of multiple rappels from the the very top to the waters edge. No experience is required, just enough fitness to make the 20-minute hike to the top and a bit of a stomach for heights. Tour lasts about three hours.

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1/2 Day Washington Backcountry

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$76.00 / person

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Mount Washington offers some fine powder stashes on the shady aspects outside the ski area boundaries. If you've thought about heading out but lacked the skills and experience to cross into the uncontrolled backcountry, join one of our guides as they let you in on the secrets of the Mount Washington backcountry in a fun and safe way.

Tours can be done with your regular alpine skis or a snowboard using the lifts and vehicle shuttles to get back up for another run. If you're interested in doing a little uphill touring as well, we can incorporate touring skis or inserts on your alpine skis, plus skins and optional lift access for a more traditional touring day. The guide will design the trip to work with the gear you've got. (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.). You should be at minimum a strong intermediate level skier to sign up on a posted trip. If your skiing ability is less than this please get in touch with us so that we can create a compatible group for you.

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Medicinal Plants of the Alpine - Day Hike

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$90.00 / person

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Join us for a day hike into the alpine at Mt. Arrowsmith where we will learn about the beautiful alpine plants and their medicinal properties. Hike uphill through old growth forest into the alpine. Once we reach the alpine we will frequently stop to look at, photograph and discuss the plants, the stories and legends that are intertwined with their history, and their medicinal properties. You will also learn how to safely use, harvest and prepare the plants at home. The going is steep and strenuous but the rewards are great with superlative views of the Coastal Mountains, the peaks of Strathcona Park and the ocean on both sides of the island from the Alberni Inlet to the Salish Sea. An enjoyable hike in the mountains where you will gain a new appreciation for the medicines at our feet.

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JUAN DE FUCA TRAIL

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$850.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio)
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Stunning coastal scenery, roaring surf, abundant marine and forest wildlife, and spectacular hiking are all features of our five-day Juan de Fuca hike. This is the shortest, least demanding and most accessible of our coastal hikes, while still offering a wonderful wilderness experience.

Please note, this trip is best done as a five-day adventure, though very fit parties may choose to do it in four days. Please contact us for the price of a four-day trip.

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PEMBERTON POW

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$495.00 / person

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Spend three days with a locally savvy guide as you slay pow in the many stashes that surrounded the Pemberton and Duffey Lake area.

Please note: the group will return to Pemberton at the end of each day. Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation, but we can provide recommendations.

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.

You should be an advanced skier 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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INTRO TO ROCK, SINGLE DAY

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$265.00 / person

(at 2:1 ratio)
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A condensed version of our usual two-day course with a lower guest-to-instructor ratio, which allows us to condense the curriculum into a single day.

Experience rock climbing in a fun and safe environment. Develop your rock movement skills and learn how to belay, rappel, and build anchors. On completion of this course you will feel comfortable top-rope climbing on your own.

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

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HELI HIKE

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$2,200.00 / person

(at 1:1 ratio) Next Trip: Aug 30, 2018 (day trip)
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With a helicopter giving quick access to the world above tree line, a spectacular alpine hike is possible in a single day. Explore the Coast Range Mountains with incredible views of the Salish Sea, the Coast Range and the peaks of Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island.

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WOMEN'S WEEKEND | CAIN

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$380.00 / person

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Join us for a fun-filled, supportive and educational weekend at Mount Cain. Spend two full days skiing and riding in the backcountry while learning about avalanche safety, decision-making, route planning and group dynamics, all to help empower you to plan your own backcountry trips. Two nights' slopeside accommodation is included.

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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Pieps DSP Sport Transceiver

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$225.00 / person

(at :1 ratio) Next Trip: Sep 28, 2018 (day trip)
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The Pieps DSP Sport is a modern, digital, three-antenna transceiver. It is easy to use and accurate. These units are less than one year old, well cared for and have four years' remaining manufacturers warranty.

  • Three antennas plus self-checking reference antenna
  • Direction and distance from initial detection
  • Smart transmitter adjusts signal to allow for the easiest solution in a multiple burial scenario
  • Circular range for extended, symmetrical search area
  • Continuous carrier mode for use with older, analog beacons
  • Mark function for multiple burial scenarios.
  • Beacon drift adjustment to pick up beacons transmitting drifted signals
  • Compatible with iProbe for added search capabilities.
  • Updateable software via USB (sold separately)
  • Harness-style carrying pouch

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ARROWSMITH SPRING SKI

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$165.00 / person

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With plenty of snow still in the hills—cool nights and warm days turning the snow surface into perfect corn—we head for Mount Arrowsmith for a day of seeking out great lines. Mount Arrowsmith offers lots of great options, including steep lines on a number of aspects. What exactly we ski will depend on group abilities and conditions.

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.

You should be an advanced skier 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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WOMEN'S WEEKEND | WASHINGTON

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$330.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio) Next Trip: Feb 16 - 17, 2019
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Join us for a fun-filled, supportive and educational weekend at Mount Washington. Spend two full days skiing and riding in the backcountry while learning about avalanche safety, decision-making, route planning and group dynamics, all to help empower you to plan your own backcountry trips.

Accommodation is not included, however once we have a full group, we will help facilitate shared accommodation if this is something participants would like to include as part of the weekend's experience.

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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BCA 240 Probe

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$25.00 / person

(at :1 ratio) Next Trip: Jan 1, 2019 (day trip)
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These 240cm Avalanche Probes are well used but in perfect functioning order.

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BCA Shovel

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$25.00 / person

(at :1 ratio) Next Trip: Jan 1, 2019 (day trip)
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These collapsable shovels are well used but in perfect functioning order.

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VI HUT-BASED TOURING

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$355.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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There are obvious advantages of ski touring from roofed accommodation (think warm, dry space to hang out in, not having to carry heavy packs full of camping gear—you get the picture). We were pleased to pioneer guided hut-based touring some years back with our trips in the Prince of Wales Range, and are really happy to be able to offer a second option this winter from the new VIACC hut at 5040 Peak. In both cases, great ski terrain accessible from a comfortable hut make for a super fun-filled weekend of touring.

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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