Elkhorn

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$500.00 / 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 one hundred years ago, the six thousand foot ascent from the valley floor to the summit as well as some low fifth class rock climbing, mean this trip is still challenging today. Some hiking and scrambling experience are recommended. The trip is best done as a three day outing but can be done in two days by very fit parties. Trips listed below at $500 are two day trips whereas those listed at $750 are three day trips.

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Tantalus Ascents

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$1,265.00 / 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 three 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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Washington Backcountry

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$150.00 / 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 head 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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Mount Cain Backcountry

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$150.00 / 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 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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Day Hikes

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$90.00 / 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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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. Client to guide ratio up to 2:1.

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Weekend Ski Tours

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$295.00 / person

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Mount Myra offers relatively quick access on foot to some excellent ski terrain. Skiing on all aspects is available as is some lovely tree skiing options making 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!

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Comox Glacier Hike

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$445.00 / 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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$1,900.00 / person

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While the east face of The Colonel is perhaps it's most well known aspect, the truly all-encompassing approach to this impressive mountain is to claim all its summits. A superb alpine traverse with huge exposure and varied and interesting climbing, this is without a doubt an Island classic. Most of the climbing is fourth and low fifth 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. Island Alpine Guides Mountain Skills course or equivalent, comfort with exposure, and a willingness to bivouac in the open are all pre-requisites to join us on this climb. The trip takes four days and is done at a maximum client to guide ratio of 1:1. Contact us to arrange a date to climb the Colonel!

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Heli Accessed Touring

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$495.00 / person

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With a helicopter for access great ski touring is possible on Vancouver Island without a long slog from the valley taking up most of the trip. We know of some fine locations outside of Strathcona Park from which a quick (and cost effective) lift will whisk you into the alpine where the fun begins right away. Fly in early morning of day one and enjoy a full day of exploring and skiing the slopes of the area. Overnight in a camp in the alpine is followed by another full day of skiing. Ultimately a long descent to waiting cars finishes the perfect Island Alps ski tour. Alternatively use the heli for flights in and out and choose whether to make it a day trip or a longer outing.

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Comox Glacier Climb

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$595.00 / 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 3-day climb travels over 2 glaciers and covers some of the most impressive terrain in Strathcona Park.

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Auger Point Traverse

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$500.00 / 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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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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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!

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Glacier Triple Crown

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$1,000.00 / 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're fit and have some hiking and scrambling experience. The views from these peaks are panoramic and unforgettable.

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Nootka Trail

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$1,495.00 / 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 6-day trek.

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Victoria Peak

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$490.00 / person

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The Island's third highest peak stands somewhat alone between the White River and the 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, being outside the park, this peak offers relatively easy access on forestry roads making for a pleasant weekend or three-day trip depending on fitness and desires.

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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 it's way around the spectacular Spearhead Range. Traversing awesome terrain, bagging peaks and of course making ski descents are all features if this wonderful three day trip. This trip can be combined with the Mystery Creek trip to make an amazing and committed 7 day mountain ski traverse.

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Heli Access Climbs

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$595.00 / person

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With the use of a helicopter for access a number of very exciting 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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Island Heli Skiing

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$895.00 / person

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If you have ever gazed at the pristine, un-tracked snow on the peaks visible from Mount Washington and yearned to carve it up, this could be your winter! Join us for a day of heli skiing right here in the Island Alps. Start the day by meeting your guide for safety briefings. Then it’s into the helicopter and up into the mountains for a great day of wilderness skiing. The guide, transceiver, shovel and probe as well as lunch are all provided. Just bring your advanced/intermediate or above skiing ability and be prepared to be a pioneering heli skier on Vancouver Island!

When do we heli ski?

To go heli skiing we need the right combination of weather suitable for flying and good stability in the snow. Typically this happens right at the same time that you've finished carving up the fresh stuff at the ski hill and are yearning for more!

How it woks:

If you are interested in heli skiing with us send us an email at info@islandalpineguides.com or telephone us on 250 400 2870. We will put your name on a list of people who are keen to go heli skiing when conditions are just right. When that time comes we'll contact you and offer you the chance to join us for a day of heli skiing. Decisions to go will be based on weather forecasts and avalanche hazard forecasts done by our expert guides. You'll usually have somewhere between one and three days notice that it's game on!

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King's Peak

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$270.00 / person

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For those who love the mountains (and especially 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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North Coast Trail

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$1,445.00 / 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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Mount Septimus

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$1,000.00 / 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 outing. Some hiking and scrambling experience are recommended.

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Manatee Base Camp

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$2,500.00 / person

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Come and spend 6 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.

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Golden Hinde

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$1,200.00 / person

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The lure of the highest peak is always a strong one. But with the Golden Hinde the appeal is even more so because of the remoteness of this, the highest mountain on Vancouver Island. Really more of a committed hiking journey the trip does include terrain where a rope and perhaps an axe or crampons may come into use. Back-packing and scrambling experience are recommended. The walk to and ascent of the Hinde combine to make a magical 8 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. Client to guide ratio 4:1.

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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.

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Guide for One Day Shoot

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$600.00 / person

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Washington/Comox Glacier Traverse

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$1,050.00 / person

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A stunning week long 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 the mountains of Strathcona Park, 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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Juan de Fuca Trail

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$660.00 / person

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Stunning coastal scenery, roaring surf, abundant marine and forest wildlife, and spectacular hiking are all features of our 4-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.

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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!) then perhaps now is the time! Contact us to check available dates.

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Perserverance 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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Heli Accessed Day Tour

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$550.00 / person

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With a helicopter to whisk you straight into high alpine terrain, really 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. Ultimately the helicopter comes back to pick you up after a great day of touring.

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Arrowsmith Spring Ski Lines

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$150.00 / person

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

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Mount Arrowsmith Day Hike

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$110.00 / person

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Join us on a non technical 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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Heli Hiking

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$445.00 / 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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Devils 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 Devils 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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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 as a winter ski traverse is when it really shines. Staying above tree line essentially for the entire traverse this ski tour takes in the height of land on the eastern edge of Strathcona Park taking in 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 7 day trip.

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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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Women's Backcountry & Ski Mountaineering Weekend

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$380.00 / person

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Enjoy a super fun-filled and supportive weekend of backcountry riding and ski mountaineering in women-only groups at Mount Cain. Guides will lead facilitated days of backcountry touring where seeking out great riding and learning new mountaineering skills go hand in hand. You can participate on skis or a snowboard but you must be able to tour uphill as well as ride down. Strong intermediate riding ability is recommended but we'll be forming groups based on ability and will be able to put you in a group that is comfortable 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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David Burrows Day of guided Rock Climbing

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$250.00 / person

(at 2:1 ratio)
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A day of guided rock climbing at 2:1 ratio.

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North Coast Trail - Mindfullness Backpack

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$1,800.00 / person

(at 6:1 ratio)
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Like all powerful journeys, the North Coast Trail (In Vancouver island's Cape Scott Provincial Park) is an incredible place of transition as solid ground becomes ocean. Feel the impact on your internal landscape as you are moved by this place. Allow yourself to be present, away physically and mentally from the tug of distractions we are used to living in.

You lead this journey as you gain skills under care-filled counsel. Guide yourself and others, manage hazards, navigate, route find, use tide charts, cook, select and maintain a functional camp, have appropriate interactions with wildlife, and carry a well-packed backpack in challenging terrain. It is only by doing a thing ourselves that we reap the full benefit of the experience.

In conjunction with our friends and colleagues at Mountains for Growth.

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Youth AST1 Mount Washington

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$265.00 / person

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The Avalanche Skills Training One is an introductory avalanche course designed for individuals with little to no avalanche related experience. Students will learn to recognize avalanche terrain, gain the skills to initiate and manage a self rescue, have a basic understanding of how weather contributes to avalanche hazard, be able to understand and interpret avalanche bulletins and the hazard scale, be able to interpret and utilize the Avaluator card and learn basic analysis of layers in the snowpack. This is a two-day course with one evening session. IAG courses operate from our slopeside classroom making access to field sessions quick and easy. On our full field day we provide you with a lift ticket to facilitate quick and easy access up into the snow thus maximizing time spent looking at and travelling through real avalanche terrain.

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VI Hut Based Touring

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$330.00 / person

(at 4:1 ratio)
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Island Alpine Guides is pleased to announce Vancouver Island's first ever hut based ski and snowboard touring! Our location in the Prince of Wales Range of northern Vancouver Island offers great alpine ski and snowboard terrain and superior subalpine tree and glade skiing from the comfort of the hut. Road access to above snow line, light packs, great terrain and the comfort of a wood heated mountain hut combine to make for a magical weekend. Join us in pioneering hut based touring on Vancouver Island! If you are looking for an educational, hut based backcountry option, check out our VI Hut Based courses from the same location.

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