We will meet at the Peak Mountain Guides office at 8:00 am to have introductions, learn about each participant’s goals for the course, and check everyone’s equipment. You will be introduced to a “fast & light” approach to equipment selection and your instructor will show you some of the highly efficient ski mountaineering equipment that is available today. We will also review maps of the area and create a route plan for our approach into camp. From there, we will carpool to the trailhead and ski into either the Last Dollar, OPUS Hut, or Yankee Boy Basin. After camp is established, we will build ski anchors and introduce techniques for belaying and rappelling.
We will make an ascent and ski descent of a nearby peak, learning fundamental ski mountaineering skills along the way. You will learn strategies for efficient tracksetting, on-the-go snowpack observations, and you will get hands-on practice with ski mountaineering tools such as ski crampons, ice axe, and/or boot crampons. You will learn how to properly use each of these tools for improved safety and efficiency in firm, icy, and/or steep terrain. We will also ski a steep line that may require belayed skiing or use of the rope for protection. Once back at the hut / camp, if time and energy levels allow, we will demonstrate a system for crevasse rescue.
The final day of the course we will make a ascent and ski descent of a sizable technical Peak near the hut (larger than the second day). Several objectives offers incredible ascent and descent routes, all of which require an array of ski mountaineering skills. You will get to employ techniques for steep snow climbing with crampons and ice axe, roped climbing, and possibly ski belays or a rappel. Wi