Tantalus Range Hut Based Advanced Ski Touring Course
There is a mythical place called the Tantalus Range that’s just a short helicopter flight from Squamish. It’s a mecca for advanced ski tourers looking to ski in a wild place similar to Bella Coola or Alaska.
We will be spending 4 days skiing here based out of the Jim Haberl Hut. The Haberl Hut is located in the alpine at 2030m and is ideally situated for near by ski objectives such as Alpha, Serratus, couloirs, and glacier cruisers.
Who’s it for?
- Advanced backcountry skiers and splitboarders (2+ years experience, 15 days per season)
- Can ski or ride a black run inbounds confidently
- Fitness for up to 8 hours of mountain travel per day
- AST-1 or higher training
Course is entirely field based and will focus on advanced ski touring, glacier travel, and steep skiing techniques. We will also be covering daily morning avalanche and weather forecasting, terrain usage, alpine navigation tools, and technical rope systems. Technical topics include usage of rope systems for rappel entry into ski lines, crevasse rescue, and cliff evac.
Expect full ski days, delicious meals, and evening learning sessions in the comfort of a warm hut.
The group is small (4 total) with lead ACMG Guide Tristen Rasmussen and tail guide. Tristen has years of experience as a lead heliski guide in the wild steep coastal mountains of Bella Coola.
Note: BC Ski Guides Ltd is a valid BC Parks Permit holder for Tantalus Range BC.
Scheduled Courses – 2019/2020
Important: You will be required to sign a waiver at the beginning of your course or guided trip. Please ensure you have read and understood the waiver prior to the course start date.
Avalanche Course Waiver: ACMGRELEASE.pdf
0800 Friday March 27, Blacktusk Aviation, Squamish Heliport
- Weather permitting early AM flight into Tantalus Range
- What to bring: Please arrive dressed and ready to go for a day in the field.
- Ski Touring and Stay at Haberl Hut
March 30: Ski and Flight out
- Depending on the weather, we will packup in AM and ski for the day. Return flight to Squamish in PM
You will need the following gear for your day:
- Alpine touring boots, skis or split-board, poles, skins
- Avalanche kit: transceiver (digital), probe, shovel
- Medium sized backpack (20 to 30l)
- Lunch, snacks, & water
- Helmet is recommended
- Ski googles
- Sun glasses
- Sun screen
- Warm clothing and down jacket for lunch break
- Goretex Jacket & Pants
- Extra gloves and touque
- Smartphone with GPS mapping program installed (Gaia recommended)
- Basic first aid and blister kit
- Short Ski Mountaineering Ice Axe
- Lightweight Harness
- 13cm ice screw
- 2 locking carabiners
- 120cm sling
- Ski Crampons (Recommended)
- Boot Crampons (Recommended)