Glacier Travel Skills Course

February 3 – 5, 2017

Girls Do Ski is partnering with Cecelia Mortenson from Aspire Mountain Journeys to deliver this stellar workshop. This three-day course is for strong skiers who want to learn how and when to rope up on glaciers, rappel into steeps, and practice simple to more advanced crevasse rescue techniques. A key part of this course is terrain assessment and developing the fine art of using the right tool at the right time in the right way. Join us on our quest for knowledge and adventure on this three-day alpine immersion extravaganza.


  • This first evening session will cover the science of glaciers, key issues with glacier travel as a backcountry rider, case study reviews and an introduction to rescue and rope work
  • Our first field day will be spent at Wheeler Bridge with hands-on crevasse rescue and more technical rope work
  • This field day will see us travel to the top of the Illecillewaet to practice our rope skills in an authentic setting. Traveling early season on glaciers can be particularly tricky, so we will have the chance to really refine our technique. Topics of instruction will include: assessing snow depth and glacier travel risk management, how and when to rope up, as well as simple belays and rappels
  • Open to a maximum of 6 females
  • Open to Ladies 19+

$350 plus tax



  • Skis, either ‘Alpine Touring’ or Telemark are required. We recommend a short (160 – 185cm) wide ski designed for powder and ski touring. Please see note under rental information if you are renting ski equipment.
  • Ski poles
  • Climbing skins – fitted for skis
  • AT Ski boots
  • Daypack (large enough for spare clothes, lunch and equipment, 30 -35 litre
  • minimum recommended)
  • Avalanche transceiver – modern digital transceiver with a triple antennae. Older type transceivers, single or double antennae, are not as efficient or accurate and we will ask you to rent a transceiver.
  • Avalanche shovel (collapsible metal shovel designed for companion rescue) -loaners available
  • Avalanche probe – loaners available
  • Sunglasses and/or ski goggles
  • Thermos flask and/or water bottle (1 – 2 Liters)
  • Sun screen
  • Small Blister and Personal 1st-Aid Kit

Glacier Rescue Equipment:

  • Contact AMJ if you do not have any of the below items as we may be able to provide.
  • Ski helmet
  • Climbing Harness
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • 3 non-locking carabiners
  • Ice screw
  • One or Two 5 meter 6mm or 7mm cordallette
  • One 1.2meter 6mm or 7mm cordallette – or hollow core prussic
  • Ice Axe
  • Optional items: belay device / pulley / tiblock / any other rescue ‘gadgets’ you want to play with.
  • Optional Item: Glacier Climbing rope. Suitable ropes might include 8-9.5mm climbing ropes.

Optional Equipment

  • Camera
  • Map or region
  • Compass with clinometer
  • GPS or Iphone loaded with satellite images / maps of region
  • Altimeter
  • Snow thermometer
  • Snow saw
  • Snow Study Kit. This includes a snow magnifying glass / a crystal card / an inclinometer / a ruler / a thermometer.


Ski Guide

December 7 – 8, 2017

Improve your personal skiing and learn how to communicate to others from a female perspective. A two-day female ski coaching event based out of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Course Content:

Day One: Personal skiing development

  • Learn how you have plateaued as a skier
  • GDS coaches will work with you one on one to improve technical details
  • Through a series of drills we will work with you to retrain your muscle memory to become a more efficient skier
  • Improve style and grace

Day Two: Working with groups from a female perspective
Female have an amazing way of communicating and we want to help give you more tools to communicate skiing from a female perspective.

  1. Drills: We will introduce you to a series of drills that work with the feet, knees, pelvis and shoulder placement
  2. Mental motivation: Techniques on coaching and inspiring confidence in your clients. We will work with breath and visualization during this session.
  3. Coaching Terrain: Learn body placement for bumps, jumps, powder and hard pack. Learn how to creatively look at terrain and link together fluid lines.


  • This camp is only open to female ACMG guides and is part of a speciality training program