This one-day course is a chance to cover a whole bunch of snow climbing fundamentals in a short timeframe, including everything from strategic route selection, step-making, and ice axe use, all the way to end roping, short roping and snow anchors. It is typically held at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.
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:
- 1 day of instruction
- Group technical gear
- Personal technical gear (harness, helmet, ice axe)
Not included in the price:
- Transport to and from meeting point
- Personal equipment
- Snow Skills (pdf)
$200.00 / person(at 4:1 ratio)
Ken, the guide, was fantastic. He was funny, easy to get along with, and made the whole day both fun and really informative. I'd be happy to recommend Island Alpine Guides to anyone.Trevor Peddle, Victoria, BC
I really enjoyed the Snow Skills course. Ken was great, very knowledgeable and funny. I would definitely recommend the course to any friends interested in boosting their adventure skills.Hayley Johnson, Victoria, BC
Really good training. Jan came prepared with extensive experience and effective teaching skills. He did a quality job of noting our goals (PCT snow, passes in the Sierras), along with evaluating our gear and abilities. His subsequent customizing of course content and instruction techniques made the most of our time together, and maximized our training benefits.Rod B, Victoria