Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue For Backcountry Skiers

Our 2 day glacier travel and crevasse rescue course is designed specifically for backcountry skiers and splitboarders. As backcountry skiers in BC, much of our time is spent skiing on glaciers with crevasse hazards. This course will teach you about glaciers, route selection, snow anchors, roped travel techniques, unroped skiing, crevasse rescue, and modern lightweight equipment for skiers (Petzl RAD LINE).

Who’s it for?

  • Backcountry skiers and splitboarders with some prior ski touring experience
  • AST 1
  • Fitness for up to 2-3 hours of travel per day
  • No prior rope or climbing experience is required

Course Location: Day 1 in North Vancouver and Day 2 in Blackcomb.
 

You will learn the following:

  • Glaciology 101: glaciers, crevasses, bergschrunds, icefalls, climate change effects
  • Identification of likely areas of hazard
  • Route selection to minimize risk
  • Rope work 101: learn the basics of knots, hitches, ratchets, harness tie-ins, etc.
  • Snow and ice anchors
  • Rappel and rope ascending
  • Crevasse rescue systems: drop loop, 3:1 haul, 6:1 haul, advantages
  • Roped up glacier travel techniques
  • When it’s appropriate to ski unroped
  • Route selection to minimize glacier hazards
  • Hands on rescue scenario

 

Scheduled Courses – 2019/2020

November 30, December 1 $325 CAD/person
December 21, 22 $325 CAD/person

 
Important: You will be required to sign a waiver at the beginning of your course. Please ensure you have read and understood the waiver prior to the course start date.
 
Course Waiver: ACMGRELEASE.pdf
 

 

INCLUDED
Small group size (Maximum 6 students)
ACMG Guide
Group Equipment
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Avalanche and Personal Equipment
Transportation
Blackcomb Lift Ticket $70 CAD

Day 1 MORNING (08:00 to 12:00): Vancouver classroom and dry land rope training

  • Glaciology 101: glaciers, crevasses, bergschrunds, icefalls, climate change effects
  • Identification of likely areas of hazard
  • Route selection to minimize risk
  • Rope work 101: learn the basics of knots, hitches, ratchets, harness tie-ins, etc.

Day 1 AFTERNOON (12:30 to 16:00): Cypress Provincial Park

  • Snow and ice anchors
  • Rappel and rope ascending
  • Crevasse rescue systems: drop loop, 3:1 haul, 6:1 haul, advantages
  • Rescue scenario

Day 2 (08:30 to 16:00): Blackcomb – Glacier Travel Field Day

  • Roped up glacier travel techniques
  • When it’s appropriate to ski unroped
  • Identification of likely areas of hazard
  • Route selection to minimize glacier hazards

You will need the following gear for your day:

  • Ski touring or splitboard equipment
  • Ski gloves and lightweight gloves for ropework
  • Helmet & Googles
  • Avalanche Transceiver (Digital, 3 antenna)
  • Avalanche Shovel
  • Avalanche Probe
  • 30-40l backpack
  • Harness
  • 4 locking carabiners, 2 non-locking carabiners
  • 1 triple action locking carabiner
  • Black Diamond ATC, Petzl Reverso, or similar belay device
  • 3x 7mm Prussik Cord (7mm cord, 5m length)
  • Double length (120cm) dyneema sling
  • Petzl Microtraxion (Optional)
  • Petzl Tibloc (Optional)
  • Pulley for >9mm rope (Optional)
Crevasse Rescue
Probing for crevasses
Edge Preparation, Crevasse Rescue Training, Whistler, BC
Rappelling Into Crevasse: Crevasse Rescue Course, Whistler, BC
Raising Subject Out of Crevasse, Crevasse Rescue Course
Crevasse Rescue
Matier Glacier Icefall Route, Joffre Lakes Park, BC
Roped Up Glacer Travel Crevass Country
Bergshrund Guarding Summit RIdge
Crevasse Rescue