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Trip Information
Name: Intro to Multi-Day Ski Mountaineering
Starts: Sat Feb 25, 2017
Meetup: TBA
Return: Sun Feb 26, 2017

Registration opens: Sat Oct 15, 2016
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: B3/4  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: No
Max participants: 12

Organizer: Marlaina Rhymer
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

1. Have you completed AST-1 or higher? If so, when?

2. Would you consider yourself an intermediate to advanced skiier (able to ski black diamonds)?

3.Do you have glacier travel/ rescue experience? If so, please briefly describe.

4. Do you have winter camping experience?

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Participant Information

This course is for groups of six* BCMC members with avalanche training (AST-1 or higher), glacier travel/rescue experience, and overnight backpacking experience looking to enter the world of Ski Mountaineering.  This course is taught by the Canada West Mountain School (CWMS).  Please note this is an overnight trip and location is heavily dependent on conditions; however, it will likely be held in the Whistler/ Blackcomb backcountry.  This trip is open to skiers and splitboarders.  Course date is February 25/26

*Note 1: if this course is not fully booked, i.e. 6 paid participants then this course may be cancelled and refunds will be provided to those that paid.

Base Course Fee: $250 (Special BCMC Members price, includes GST).   Non-Member rate: $325
Possible extra cost: $56 for the lift access fee for Whistler/Blackcomb access (Subject to 2016/2017 Whistler pricing)

Course Objectives: 

  • Recognition of hazards specific to winter ski Mountaineering 
  • Review of basic rope management techniques (belaying methods, knots, rope coiling, tying-in and double-checking)
  • Efficient movement through Alpine terrain in winter conditions on skis
  • Movement on steep snow with crampons and ice ax
  • Climbing techniques for steep snow and mixed rock/snow/ice
  • Ongoing technique coaching and skill development matched to your individual level
  • Alpine climbing anchor construction with considerations for winter snowpack variability
  • Winter survival tips


  • Strong skiing ability (should be able to ski black diamond level runs in the backcountry)
  • AST-1 or higher
  • Glacier travel/ glacier rescue experience
  • Overnight backpacking experience


On-line Registration process:

(1)  Click “Join this trip” on the left hand side of the page. You will be added to the Waiting List

(2)  Complete your payment directly with CWMS at the link here. You will receive a confirmation email from CWMS once your payment is completed.

(3)  Forward your confirmation email to bcmc.courses@gmail.com. You will then be added to the Confirmed List

(4)  Keep an eye on your email for further information 

Trip Organizer & Volunteer Instructor Incentive Program:

If you’ve volunteered your time as either:
(a) a Trip Organizer with 4 or more outdoor trips in the past 12 months, you may apply for a 25% rebate off the course fee, or
b) Course Instructor (primary volunteer organizer) in the past 12 months, you may apply for a 50% refund off the course fee.
Please email
 bcmc.courses@gmail.com with your request, along with a list of recent trips and/or course(s) you have been the primary organizer for. 


If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact bcmc.courses@gmail.com

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