Overview

Baker Mountain Guides glaciated ski mountaineering course is designed to equip skiers and snowboarders with the technical skills required to ski and ride the volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest, as well as other glaciated objectives. The course covers glaciated ski mountaineering specific skills, such as crevasse rescue, and answers the question: “how and when should skiers and snowboarders use the rope?”

Baker Mountain Guides backcountry tech courses are designed for those seeking a concise and affordable approach to learning technical backcountry skiing and riding skills. From introductory skinning techniques to rappelling into couloirs, our tech series has you covered.


Itinerary

Baker Mountain Guides offers scheduled 4-day Glaciated Ski 
Mountaineering Courses. Custom dates available upon request.


  • Day 1: Ropework & Backcountry Touring

    Instructors will introduce ropework fundamentals for glaciated ski mountaineering. Topics will include gear, knots, hitches, coils, and ski anchors, as well as rigging a rope for glacier travel. The day will finish with a backcountry tour and efficiency techniques in the Mt. Baker Ski Area backcountry.


  • Day 2: Crevasse Rescue

    Students and instructors will return to the Mt. Baker Ski Area backcountry for a full day of crevasse rescue drills. Instructors will teach concepts of mechanical advantage and demo skier and snowboarder specific crevasse rescue. Students will team up for practice scenarios.


  • Day 3: Mount Baker Approach

    Students and instructors will meet for gear check, then travel to Mount Baker proper. If necessary, snowmobiles will be used to shuttle the group to the trailhead. Participants will approach the north side of Mount Baker and establish a winter high camp.


  • Day 4: Mount Baker Ski Descent

    Students will take turns leading the group to the summit of Mount Baker. Along the way, we’ll practice identifying and mitigating glacier hazards via route-finding and ropework. Students will again lead on the descent, and instructors will demo glaciated downhill travel techniques.


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Let’s face it: climbing and skiing are more fun without a massive pack. That’s why we strive to offer the lightest pack weight of any guide service. We plan meticulously, use quality equipment, and always share the load.

Program Information

  • Season
  • March - June


  • Duration
  • 4 Days


  • Locations
  • Mt. Baker Ski Area Backcountry

     

    Mount Baker Proper


  • Max Ratio
  • 4 Students to 1 Instructor


  • Equipment

  • Schedule
  • 2021 Season

    • March 25 - 28
    • April 22 - 25
    • May 13 - 16


  • Cost
  • $1000 / Person

     

    Cost Includes

    • Snowmobile Shuttle x 1
    • Tents
    • Stoves
    • Fuel
    • Field Breakfasts & Dinners