Learn more, ski more! This course is designed to give more advanced skiers the chance to build confidence and experience in the backcountry with other like-minded females. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the mountains in Rogers Pass, BC, in a challenging yet supportive environment. The expectation is that participants are of advanced or expert downhill ski ability, have experience in the backcountry, a good level of fitness, and their own AT gear/safety equipment and be well versed in how to use it (but it's ok to pick up new tricks!). Ladies should tour at least 10 days a season for this camp. Our goal with this particular camp is to make sure that you have the confidence to go out on your own or know where to get the resources to do so. It is not a prerequisite that participants have their AST Level 1, only a recommendation, and please note that no certification will be given as part of this course.
$355 + tax
Once again, Girls Do Ski is stoked to deliver this stellar workshop and get you ladies out there learning the ropes from the best! This three-day course is for expert downhill skiers and riders who want to learn the ropes on how to travel on glaciated terrain, whether it be small scale day trips or multi day traverses. We will focus on when and how 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. You will need to bring all of your own gear so you have a chance to learn it and become efficient while using it, and no worries we will provide you with a list so you're not forgetting anything! This camp is open to expert skiers who have at least 15 days ski touring experience and know your touring gear well so you can focus on the Glacier equipment. Join us on a quest for knowledge and adventure on this three-day alpine immersion extravaganza. It is open to a maximum of six participants and will look something like this:
February 16th: 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. This is a very important and mandatory part of the course as you will learn the correct way to practice with your ropes/knot tying.
February 17th: Our first field day will be spent at Wheeler Bridge with hands-on crevasse rescue and more technical rope work. As a group we will work through scenarios and everyone will get a chance to put their knowledge to the test. We recommend that everyone bring a substantial amount of clothing as this tends to be chilly. You will be sent a list of equipment as soon s you sign up for the course.
February 18th: This field day will see us travel to the top of the Illecillewaet Glacier to practice our rope skills in an authentic setting. 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.
Before the course, you will be sent some reading materials and homework to ensure you are prepared for the course and we can answer any questions you might have about the material in person.
$350 + tax