Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue, and Cliff Rescue For Backcountry Skiers

Learning to travel safely on glaciers is the next step after an AST course for backcountry skiers and boarders. Planning to do the Spearhead or Garibaldi Neve Traverse? This course provides an indepth understanding of glaciers and their unique hazards that lurk beneath the snow. Learning how to anticipate and avoid these hazards is key to staying safe. We ensure that you have the best technical rope rescue training should a crevasse incident occur. The right equipment and the skill to use it.

This course is designed specifically for backcountry skiers and boarders.

Who’s it for?

  • Backcountry skiers and splitboarders with some prior ski touring experience
  • AST 1 or higher
  • Fitness for up to 6-8 hours of travel per day

You will learn the following:

Day 0.5 – Online Training

  • Glacier Theory
  • Cornices

Day 1 – Technical Systems: Mount Seymour, North Vancouver

  • Rope Foundations: knots, hitches, ratchets, harness tie-ins.
  • Building Rescue Anchors
  • Rappel and Rope Ascending
  • Crevasse Rescue Systems: drop loop, hauls, advantages
  • Cliff Rescue
  • Lightweight Systems (Petzl RAD LINE)

Day 2 – Glacier Travel Field Day: Blackcomb Backcountry

  • Glacier Travel Field Session
  • Hazards: Cornices, Crevasses, Bergschrunds, Icefalls, Recession, and more
  • Route Selection
  • Whiteout Navigation
  • Safe Travel Techniques
  • Roped up glacier travel techniques
  • When to travelled roped or unroped
  • Application of systems to other mountain objectives: rap in ski lines, bootpacking over bergshrunds, cornice management, cliff rescue
  • Rescue Scenario


Scheduled Courses – 2021/22

Dec 4-5, 2021 $295 CAD Book Now

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


ACMG Guide
Group Equipment
Avalanche and Personal Equipment
Blackcomb Lift Ticket $69 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)
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