ADVANCED WINTER SKILLS
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.
Included in the price:
- 5 days with an ACMG guide
- Group technical gear
Not included in the price:
- Transportation to and from trip starting point
- Personal equipment
- Avi kit
*We offer catering on some of our trips for an extra $60/person/day. Please check with our office to see if your trip has this option.
Avi kit rental $50.00
Transceiver, shovel and probe. Available as a package only. If you are bringing your own avi kit, this must include a modern, digital, 3-antenna transceiver, otherwise you will need to rent a kit from us to take part.
- Advanced Winter Skills (pdf)