Learn the Ropes: Intro to Ski Mountaineering

Learn technical ski mountaineering techniques in this 2-day dynamic and rewarding course led by IFMGA/AMGA Guide Chris Marshall.  Day 1 focuses on ice axe and rope use training for climbing and descending.  Day 2 will apply those skills to tackle a local peak or steep terrain, depending on conditions, allowing students to feel confident in tackling bigger and more advanced ski objectives

  • Dates:  April 13-14, 2019

  • Program taught by an AMGA Certified Ski Guide

  • Max Ratio 4:1

  • Minimum 3 participants or call for special pricing

  • $450/pp

  • Custom dates available


  • Advanced or Expert skiing/riding ability

  • Ability to ski in control in various snow conditions while wearing a pack.

  • Good physical fitness:  the ability to climb 1000’/hr for over 6hrs

  • Previous backcountry skiing experience, including skinning on various terrain features.

  • Familiarity with basic climbing knots

Equipment List:

  • Avalanche Beacon

  • Avalanche Probe

  • Avalanche Shovel

  • Helmet

  • Ski Backpack 25-40L

    • Must have attachment system for skis/board

  • AT/Tele Skis or Splitboard

  • Poles

  • Ski or snowboard boots

  • Climbing Skins

  • Ski crampons

  • Mountaineering crampons- steel or aluminum, must fit specific boot

  • Mountaineering Axe (60cm or shorter)

  • Climbing Harness

  • 5m 6-7mm nylon cordalette

  • belay device

  • 3 locking carabiners

  • Double length sling