Winter Courses

If you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor skills you’ve come to the right place. We offer courses in a wide variety of climbing, mountaineering and avalanche safety disciplines including: Ice Climbing, Crevasse Rescue, Mountaineering & Alpinism, AST’s & Advanced Avalanche Skills. If you don’t find a course below just shoot me an email and I’m sure we can get something organized for you.


WINTER BACKCOUNTRY COURSES


Winter Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue

This two-day mountaineering skills refresher is designed to update and upgrade the skills you’ll need to ski in alpine glaciated terrain this winter. As a refresher course the pace will be fairly quick and we will be covering some advanced topics. This means that you’ll need some prior knowledge and experience when it comes to rescue scenarios, working with a rope and walking with crampons.


Intro to Backcountry Touring

The West Coast has some of the best ski touring in Canada from slackcountry laps behind Whistler-Blackcomb to the amazing Tantalus Range, Duffy Lake area and much, much more! If you’ve ever been curious about getting off the ski hill and into the backcountry then this is the course for you.


Ski Mountaineering Course

Ski Mountaineering BootpackBlacksheep Adventure Sports’ ski 2-day ski mountaineering course is designed to give you all the skills you need to tackle challenging, big-mountain lines with confidence. If you’re an experienced backcountry skier that wants to take your skills to the next level then this is the course for you.


AVALANCHE SAFETY TRAINING COURSES


Classic AST 1 Course

ASTEducate yourself with an investment in our AST 1 Avalanche Skills Training Course! Proper training will make your winter travels in avalanche terrain safer and more enjoyable. Our avalanche safety instructors are  members of the Canadian Avalanche Association and Guides. Their extensive personal experience in winter guiding, avalanche operations and forecasting will add an extra dimension of interest to your training.


AST 1+ Course

ASTThe AST 1+ includes both the AST (Avalanche Skills Training) 1 course material and the MAT (Managing Avalanche Terrain) course material. The result is a 3 day course that includes about 6 hours of online training, a zoom meeting and then 2 full days in the field learning from one of our experienced avalanche safety instructors. The extra day in the field allows people to see more terrain and really internalize how to safely approach backcountry touring in a safe and systematic way.


AST 1 for Splitboarders

SplitboardSplitboarding is a technical but very exciting sport that, with the proper knowledge, opens the door to some amazing terrain and riding. Educate yourself with an investment in our AST 1 (Avalanche Skills Training) Course for Splitboarders. Basically a combo of a standard AST 1 and an intro to splitboarding, your instructer will


AST 2 Course

ASTThe Avalanche Skills Training 2 – AST 2 course is your next step in avalanche skills development after completing an introductory course. To fully enjoy the backcountry it’s crucial you understand avalanche phenomena, recognize the terrain where avalanches occur and find routes that minimize risk. Our AST 2 course addresses these issues over a comprehensive four day training period over two consecutive weekends.


Advanced Avalanche Skills

If you’ve already completed the AST 2 and want to take your skills to the next level this clinic might be for you.  Designed specifically for people that are seeking to expand their knowledge of snow pack assessment, snow tests, slope tests, ski cutting, etc. while learning to apply that information to ski lines. This clinic is to help users use advanced snow observation to strengthen their decision-making in avalanche terrain. Lead by experienced avalanche forecaster and guide, Monte Johnston.


ICE CLIMBING COURSES


ICE 1: Intro to Ice Climbing

Ever thought about ice climbing? Come and experience this exhilarating sport on our Into Ice Climbing course. Based out of Pemberton, BC this course is designed to give a strong foundation in the skills necessary to climb safely.


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