Dates and Prices
$1695 CDN includes accommodation, National Park Fees, 'out-trip' meals, instruction and use of specialized equipment and group gear. GST is extra.
Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.
Is it for you?
You need to be at least a strong intermediate downhill skier (on either Telemark or 'alpine' gear) able to maintain control in all conditions. You should be making parallel turns on hardpack. You also need to be familiar/comfortable on touring equipment. It is not necessary to be an expert as part of the course will focus on tips for maintaining control and tackling more difficult slopes. You must be comfortable taking a few spills and be able to pick yourself up and 'carry on'. You will need to be in good physical condition. No prior ski mountaineering experience needed but ideally you have alpine touring experience.
Minimum age for participation is 18 years unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and approved by Yamnuska.
Ski Mountaineering is one of the most incredible ways to enjoy the mountains in winter. With snow covered approaches and rapid ski descents, it is easier to cover more ground and potentially summit more peaks than on a similar summer mountaineering trip.
This week long comprehensive ski mountaineering course covers all of the basic skills required of the winter mountaineer. Although the concepts are similar, managing terrain and glaciers in a deeper snow pack and on skis often requires a different approach from general mountaineering.
In this hut based program, we will explore the numerous snow covered peaks and ski the slopes of the Wapta Icefields while teaching the curriculum of an introductory ski mountaineering course.