Ski haute montagne

Backcountry Skiing (Ski Touring)

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Are you a fan of skiing? Why not push this sport further. Whether to be introduced to the backcountry skiing or to get more techniques to access harder terrain or glacier, Attitude Montagne has developed trainings especially for you!

Training dates – Calendar

Indroduction to backcountry skiing

You love skiing or snowboarding and you are ready for new challenges… You dream about skiing in the backcountry? It is now the time to learn about climbing up with skins and go down at some places that you thought inaccessible!

  • PPE selection
  • Use of equipment
  • Progression and ascent technique
  • Moving on the field

Prerequisite: Know how to ski or snowboard at an intermediate or an advanced level
Difficulty level: During the training the terrain will be mostlyeasy
Duration: 1 day
Cost: $105 + tx
Not included: skis for backcountry or sliptboard equipment

Limitation : Before going to the backcountry it is more then recommended to all participant to take an Avalanche Skills Training (AST1) to understand the avalanche terrain before going there. After this course, the participant should not go on terrain with glacier. This course is an introduction to the backcountry skiing and the use of equipment and not a course about how to ski.

Alpine Touring ski Level 1

This course is for participants who already do backcountry skiing or sliptboard and want to push the terrain where alpine techniques will be needed. We will cover the basics ice axe and crampon techniques, and their use in various contexts including self-arrest and belaying. You will also learn how to tie into the rope and how to progress as a rope team. Finally, we will tough on the basics of snow anchors and belay stances.

  • PPE selection
  • Knots (eight, prussik, double fisherman, clove hitch, Munter, butterfly)
  • Walking with ice axe and crampons on different terrain types
  • Ability to stop yourself from sliding (self-arrest)
  • Knowledge of basic principles for simul-climbing
  • Securing yourself and belaying without a belay device
  • Simple ice and snow anchor placements

Prerequisite: Doing backcountry skiing
Difficulty level: Beginner
Duration: 2 days
Cost: $205 + tx
Not included: skis for backcountry or sliptboard equipment

Limitation: Before going to the backcountry it is more then recommended to all participant to take an Avalanche Skills Training (AST1) to understand the avalanche terrain before going there. Following this course the participant should not go on terrain with crevasses requiring complex ropework or where there is avalanche danger, without the supervision of a guide or having followed a higher level course on the subject.

Alpine Touring ski Level 2

**Doing Mountaineering 2 – see below**

Mountaineering 2 (HM-2):

It is time for you to master the use of the full panoply of anchors and belaying methods that we use in the mountains, as well as the various techniques for crevasse rescues?  You will learn how to master your route finding skills and how to go progress on various terrain types.

  • Rappelling
  • Anchor construction on ice and snow
  • Belaying a second with a belay device
  • Pitched climbing on easy terrain
  • The terrain, its components and advice on glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
    • Rope ascending
    • Pulley systems (3 :1, 5 :1, team haul)
    • Escaping the belay

Prerequisite: Level 1
Difficulty level: Beginner
Duration: 2 day
Cost : 205$ + tx

Limitation: This course is designed for progression on snow and alpine ice with crevasses where route finding is important and complex. The general angle is less than 50° and the rating of the route is between Little Difficult (PD) and Difficult (D).

Alpine Touring ski Level 3 (supervised climbing trip):

You want to attack some bigger objectives, we will help you prepare! We will be working with you to combine the knowledge acquired in all the other courses you have taken with Attitude Montagne. We will put into practice and fine-tune the skills you have learned before to make sure you use the right technique at the right time and to make you as efficient as possible!

  • Practice skills from the 4 mountaineering/ski school modules (HM-1/Alpine Touring ski 1, HM-2, AST 1, navigation)
  • Pre-trip planning practice (avalanche, weather, navigation, emergency plan, route finding)
  • Ascent of Mount Washington by one of the Tuckerman Ravine couloirs autonomously, supervised by an Attitude Montagne guide
  • Validation of the various mountain skills and techniques to obtain autonomy

Prerequisitecompletion of the full Mountain/Ski School Program or equivalent experience (validated by exam)
Difficulty level: intermediate
Duration: 3 days
Cost : $485 + tx

Limitation: The participant should reach an acceptable level of autonomy to undergo a mountaineering trip. Obviously, each participant is different and the level obtained during the course will be individual. Furthermore, mountaineering experience is gained over time and is necessary to understand the different mountain phenomena. Therefore it is the responsibility of each participant to judge their own skill level.

Avalanche skills training (AST):

see Avalanche Skills Training (AST) page for more details

Mountain  Navigation:

see mountain navigation and camping page for more details

Other Mountain Courses: