Overview

Baker Mountain Guides Backcountry Pro 2 Course is designed to prepare competent backcountry skiers and snowboarders with the technical skills and experience necessary to explore big mountains in complex, glaciated terrain. The magnificent Coast Range of British Columbia will serve as our classroom and inspiration. Alpine huts and overnight tours allow for experiential training opportunities, and big descents on Canada’s greatest icefields.

Baker Mountain Guides series of Backcountry Pro Courses fuse avalanche education with big mountain experience to create a complete apprenticeship in backcountry skiing and riding. Our respected instructors and awe-inspiring venues offer an unparalleled backcountry education.


Itinerary

Baker Mountain Guides offers scheduled 10-Day Backcountry Pro 2 Courses organized into 4 comprehensive sections.


  • Pre-Req: AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course – 3 Days

    Big, remote, glaciated mountains don’t always come with a public avalanche forecast. A deeper understanding of the avalanche phenomenon, and robust observational skills are necessary to assemble a localized picture of the hazard, and track avalanche problems across terrain.


  • Section 1: Tour Planning & Ropework – 1 Day

    The first day will be in the classroom. After morning orientation, instructors will provide a general overview of the area. Students will split into groups and plan potential tours. We’ll break out ropes, and finish the day with knots, hitches, and coils.


  • Section 2: Technical Skills – 3 Days

    Glaciated terrain and steep skiing requires a unique repertoire of technical skills and ropework. Alpine huts will provide access to excellent field venues for instruction and application of glacier travel techniques, ski anchors, ski lowers/rappels, and crevasse rescue.


  • Section 3: Ski Mountaineering – 3 Days

    Armed with new techniques and tour plans, we’ll ski and ride several major objectives near the hut. The icy summits of Garibaldi or Joffre Provincial Park will challenge students to apply their full spectrum of skills, and reward us with big days in beautiful terrain.


  • Section 4: Overnight Traverse – 3 Days

    It’s time to explore the beyond. Skiing and snowboarding remote objectives requires unique equipment, planning, and winter camping techniques. Students will complete their training with 3-days of overnight skills on the Spearhead or Garibaldi-Neve traverse.


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Program Information

  • Season
  • February - April


  • Duration
  • 10 Days


  • Pre-Reqs
  • AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Training 

     

    Backcountry Pro 1 Course


  • Locations
  • British Columbia, Canada

     

    Joffre Provincial Park

     

    Garibaldi Provincial Park


  • Max Ratio
  • 5 Students to 1 Instructor


  • Equipment

  • Schedule
  • 2018 - 2019 Winter Season

    • March 15 - 24

     

    AIARE Level 2 Course Dates


  • Cost
  • $2800 / Person

     

    Cost Includes

    • Tents
    • Stoves
    • Fuel

     

    AIARE Level 2 Not Included