Over an action-packed three days, you’ll learn to manage risk on steep snow slopes and glaciers. If we have time, alpine rock techniques may also be covered. On the last day, we’ll put everything together as we journey to a nearby peak. The skills gained will open up a wide range of possible ascents in the Island alps, allowing you to take your hikes to the next level.

This course typically takes place at Mount Cain in May or June, unless stated otherwise. Please read the pre-trip document linked below for important course details.

This is an abbreviated version on our Mountain Skills Training.


  • Snow step and ice axe technique
  • Self arrest
  • Snow anchors
  • Roped glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
  • End roping and short roping
  • Route selection
  • And more!


  • Intro to Rock or equivalent training/experience in rope work are recommended but not essential
  • Ability to hike up to 500m elevation under a 20 lbs load

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.

Included in the price:

  • 3 days of instruction with an ACMG guide
  • Group technical gear

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal technical gear*

*This is available as a "mountaineering kit" add on.


  • Mountaineering Kit Rental $45.00

    Ice Axe, Crampons, Helmet, Carabiners, Cords and Sling. All these items are required to participate in the course. See the precise technical gear requirement in the Important pre-trip information .pdf below. We rent complete kits only, not individual items. Once purchased rental is non-refundable.

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I can't wait to get out again! It was an incredible course and I am so glad to have taken it, definitely ignited something. Anna Clark, Victoria, BC.
Thank you for a great weekend, and a great introduction to mountaineering. I learned some essential skills, and gained a much better understanding of my own comfort zone and how to expand it. I am really keen to get out there and do just that. I will be in touch with questions from time to time, and will certainly take another course with IAG. Thanks again. Daniel Sunter, Victoria, BC.
The course was fantastic. I learned quite a bit and am keen to get into the mountains more, particularly to try some more ice climbing. Lyle was a great guide, he has a good depth of knowledge and teaches it well. I look forward to taking more courses with IAG. Micheal Nesbitt, Comox, BC.
I took the 3 day Alpine Skills course with Lyle Fast on April 16th-18th. It was fantastic. Lyle was tremendously resourceful, knowledgable, and most importantly... safe. We all learned loads of information on a wide variety of subjects designed to keep us safe. I could not have asked for a better guide! Chris Dimoff, Victoria, BC.