Ski Mountaineering

Ready to take your backcountry missions to the bigger lines? This 2-day course is for experienced backcountry skiers & riders who want to learn more about objective based skiing in steep terrain, winter camping, or glacial travel.

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Difficulty: 

Advanced, experience backcountry skiing/riding required

Fitness:

Ability to do two 3,000' touring days in a row

Price:

Season:

February to June

Group Size:

1-4 participants

Duration:

2 days; each with 6-8 hours of field time

Location:

Cooke City or Red Lodge, MT

Includes:

Rental technical equipment, & instruction from a professional guide 

Excludes:

Food, transportation, lodging, personal items, and guide gratuity

Course Details

This ski mountaineering course is built to set skiers up with the skills they need to consider more advanced descents and backcountry objectives. A highlight of this course is the management of steep terrain on both the ascent and descent. Participants with goals involving glaciers may also practice glacial travel and rescue techniques. This is a great way for advanced and experienced skiers to break into bigger terrain. 

Skills Covered:

  • Tour planning for a big objective

  • Technical gear selection

  •  Ascent with ski crampons & steep kick turns
  • Ascent with boots, crampons, and ice axe
  • Rope management with technical descents

  • Glacial travel techniques (optional)

  • Crevasse rescue (optional)

  • Multi-day objective (May-June)

This course is typically 2 days long and starts with outlining participant goals beforehand over email. From here, these courses are largely dependent on conditions and learning objectives. Winter courses may spend two days managing steep and powder filled couloirs, while spring courses generally spend a night or more in the mountains seeking steep terrain. The goal of this course is to provide participants with the technical ability needed to find, plan for, and attempt objectives that suit their skillsets. 

 

**Don't see a course date listed? Email our office to see if there is one coming up, or start a course of your own! Many of our courses are custom and low ratio, built to your needs.