ALPINE SKILLS FOR SKIERS
Two Day Technical Skills Course
The Alpine Skills for Skiers Course is RBG’s signature instructional program designed to take your skiing and ski mountaineering technical skills to the next level.
This program is well suited to skiers with a solid foundation in mountain travel who are wanting to learn rope systems and mountaineering technique for direct application in ski touring and ski or splitboard mountaineering.
During our two day workshop, we will introduce and apply modern techniques used to safely manage scrambling and easy rock terrain as well as steep snow and glacier travel. Techniques learned will be well suited for ski alpinism or classic summer alpine mountaineering.
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Each skill and technique will be introduced and practiced in a classroom or ground school format before applying them in appropriate terrain with coaching and feedback from a ski centric IFMGA Mountain Guide.
Itinerary at a glance
AM Location: RBG Classroom in Downtown Revelstoke, BC
- Course overview, goals and introductions
- Equipment for rock oriented alpine travel
- Day and overnight equipment selection
- Review of knots, hitches and materials
PM Location: RBG Climbing School at Echo Bay
Rock Skills and Techniques
- Rock anchors and protection
- Belaying and types of belays
- Lowering and rappelling
- Third and fourth class terrain management
Field Location: Revelstoke, Glacier National Park or Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Snow Skills and Techniques
- Snow and alpine equipment selection
- Crampon ice axe usage and techniques
- Snow anchoring
- Pitched climbing on snow
- Crevasse rescue intro and practice
Contact us for a Custom Program Availability
We can happily accommodate private groups or individuals with specific curriculum goals. More advanced skills or professional level programs can be custom built on request.
Our open groups are thoughtfully organized and assembled. The majority of our guests are return visitors or referrals from trusted colleagues and partners.Contact Us
All of RBG’s trips are low ratio, small group programs. Our tours offer the complete experience by including unequaled professional guiding in a variety of local terrain, freshly prepared, mostly organic lunches, ski touring specific lift access at RMR and group transportation between downtown Revelstoke and Rogers Pass.
Our guides happily accommodate any level of hiker, climber or alpinist and will work directly with your group to create an appropriate experience. Please be sure to tell as as much as possible about your goals so that we can dial in the experience as accurately as possible.
What Is Included
IFMGA or ACMG Certified Guide
All group gear and emergency communication for guide and guests
Avalanche Safety Equipment (Transceiver, Shovel, Probe) if required for alpine climbing
Rogers Pass Glacier National Park permits
Lunch on guided day trips, dinner on overnight programs
Airfare and travel to Revelstoke BC
Lodging and Private Catering (available as additional service)
Personal climbing or hiking equipment (available to rent locally)
Additional mechanized assistance (helicopter or other)
We are available for guided mountain experiences in the region from June – October. Below are some seasonal generalizations.
May The valley is green and 100 percent snow free, rock climbing conditions in the valley are excellent with comfortable temperatures in the Sun or Shade. Alpine conditions are transitioning, typically ski season at all elevations has ended with unreliable overnight freeze-thaw conditions.
June Warm days interspersed with multi-day periods of rain. Valley rock climbing and hiking remain excellent with Alpine climbs beginning to transition.
July-August-September Prime alpine season with snow free trails at all elevations.
October-November Our winter snowpack builds rapidly at upper elevations, with consistently rainy conditions in the valley. An excellent time for a desert escape.
We know the local options and can help you plan other aspects of your trip. Think of us as your powder concierge.
- Lodging and Catering Options for Private Groups
- Airport Transfers to Revelstoke (road or air)
- Massage Therapy
- Helicopter and Snowcat Skiing Booking and Referrals
- Professional On- Snow Photography Services
Waiver and Terms
Each guest will be required to sign a paper copy of our Release Agreement prior to participation.
Terms and Conditions
A deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required to secure your reservation.
Full payment is due the earlier of December 1st or 60 days prior to trip start for Winter programs or 30 days prior for Summer programs.
Payments are non-refundable and we recommend that each guest purchases trip cancellation insurance from tugo or travelex. If there is a need to cancel or alter your current booking, please contact us as soon as possible.
Contact us via email or SMS to discuss a reservation. We love the opportunity to talk skiing and will look forward to putting together an itinerary for you.
Contact us via email or phone us at 250 814 4835 to check on the latest availability based on your group size and desired dates.
Once dates and availability are confirmed, we’ll work directly with you to create a custom itinerary and recommend the best blend of services for your group’s needs. Trip deposits and payments can be made securely through a direct online invoice.
Each skier will be required to sign our Release Agreement prior to participation in any RBG program.