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.

The trip scheduled for Jan 29-30 and Feb 26-27, 2022 are for snowshoers.

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:

  • 2 days with an ACMG guide
  • Group technical gear

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation
  • Food*
  • Clothing
  • 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 $20.00

    Avalanche kit rental includes transceiver, shovel and probe. If you are bringing your own avi kit, this must include a modern, digital, 3-antenna transceiver, and a solid shovel and probe. If you do not have all three of these things then you must rent a kit from us to take part. Avi Kits once rented are non-refundable.

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$395.00 / person

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Absolutely loved the trip. First-class instructor. Marvin Kamenz, Comox, BC
The course was excellent. Full of the kind of information I was looking for. Lots of fun. Ken did a great job. I'm a happy customer! Paul Cooper, Victoria, BC
Sincere thanks to Ken, our instructor, and to Zoƫ for all the support and correspondence! What an awesome 2-day trip in the mountains. Stunning scenery and learnt heaps! Would definitely recommend IAG to anyone interested in experiencing the adventure of outdoors! Christopher Little, Auckland, New Zealand
The course was great. Graeme as a guide was wonderful. He was relaxed, friendly, comical and informative. I came away from the course with the confidence to go out winter camping on my own and look forward to next time. It was a great intro course. Exactly what I was hoping for when signing up for this course. Friendly group! Melinda Goetjen,