Backcountry Skiing

Alpine touring courses

Are you a fan of skiing? Why not push this sport further. Whether to be introduced to the backcountry skiing or to get more techniques to access harder terrain or glacier, Attitude Montagne has developed trainings especially for you!

Indroduction to Backcountry Skiing

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You love skiing or snowboarding and you are ready for new challenges… You dream about skiing in the backcountry? It is now the time to learn about climbing up with skins and go down at some places that you thought inaccessible!

  • PPE selection
  • Use of equipment
  • Progression and ascent technique
  • Moving on the field
Limitation

Before going to the backcountry it is more then recommended to all participant to take an Avalanche Skills Training (AST1) to understand the avalanche terrain before going there. After this course, the participant should not go on terrain with glacier. This course is an introduction to the backcountry skiing and the use of equipment and not a course about how to ski.

  • Prerequisite: Know how to ski or snowboard at an intermediate or an advanced level
  • Level: beginners relatively easy terrain (ski hill with backcountry path)
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Not included: skis for backcountry or splitboard equipment

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Backcountry skiing improvement

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You tried backcountry skiing and like a lot of people you had a revelation? Since then, backcountry is a part of your dreams? Virgin skiable area attract you more and more and you want to acquired a solid basis on the subject? At the end of this course you will have the skills to go explore the terrain with no live avalanche activity and not supervised, but developed for the free practice of backcountry skiing.

  • Wise equipment choice, their fonctions and differences
  • Efficient ascent technique and change of direction
  • Efficient transition
  • Safe line reading
Limitation

Before heading into the backcountry, it is really recommend to the participant to attend an avalanche safety course (CSA 1) to fully understand the involvement to go ski in this kind or terrain. After this course, the participant should not go on glaciated terrain. This course allows to acquire an autonomy in backcountry skiing and is NOT a course to learn how to ski.

  • Prerequisite: Have done backcountry skiing at least once and knowing the use of the equipment
  • Level: intermediate
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Not included: backcountry skiing equipment (alpine touring)

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Alpine Touring Ski Level 1

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This course is for participants who already do backcountry skiing or splitboard and want to push the terrain where alpine techniques will be needed. We will cover the basics ice axe and crampon techniques, and their use in various contexts including self-arrest and belaying. You will also learn how to tie into the rope and how to progress as a rope team. Finally, we will tough on the basics of snow anchors and belay stances.

  • PPE selection
  • Knots (eight, prussik, double fisherman, clove hitch, Munter, butterfly)
  • Walking with ice axe and crampons on different terrain types
  • Ability to stop yourself from sliding (self-arrest)
  • Knowledge of basic principles for simul-climbing
  • Securing yourself and belaying without a belay device
  • Simple ice and snow anchor placements
Limitation

Before going to the backcountry it is more then recommended to all participant to take an Avalanche Skills Training (AST1) to understand the avalanche terrain before going there. Following this course the participant should not go on terrain with crevasses requiring complex ropework or where there is avalanche danger, without the supervision of a guide or having followed a higher level course on the subject.

  • Prerequisite: Doing backcountry skiing
  • Level: beginners
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Not included: skis for backcountry or splitboard equipment

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Alpine Touring Ski Level 2 (HM-2)

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It is time for you to master the use of the full panoply of anchors and belaying methods that we use in the mountains, as well as the various techniques for crevasse rescues? You will learn how to master your route finding skills and how to go progress on various terrain types.

  • Rappelling
  • Anchor construction on ice and snow
  • Belaying a second with a belay device
  • Pitched climbing on easy terrain
  • The terrain, its components and advice on glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
    • Rope ascending
    • Pulley systems (3 :1, 5 :1, team haul)
    • Escaping the belay

The level 2 course is the same for mountaineering or for the backcountry skiing.

Limitation

This course is designed for progression on snow and alpine ice with crevasses where route finding is important and complex. The general angle is less than 50° and the rating of the route is between Little Difficult (PD) and Difficult (D).

  • Prerequisite: Level 1
  • Level: beginners
  • Duration: 2 days

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Alpine Touring Ski Level 3

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You want to attack some bigger objectives, we will help you prepare! We will be working with you to combine the knowledge acquired in all the other courses you have taken with Attitude Montagne. We will put into practice and fine-tune the skills you have learned before to make sure you use the right technique at the right time and to make you as efficient as possible!

  • Practice skills from the 4 mountaineering/ski school modules (HM-1/Alpine Touring ski 1, HM-2, AST 1, navigation)
  • Pre-trip planning practice (avalanche, weather, navigation, emergency plan, route finding)
  • Ascent of Mount Washington by one of the Tuckerman Ravine couloirs autonomously, supervised by an Attitude Montagne guide
  • Validation of the various mountain skills and techniques to obtain autonomy
Limitation

The participant should reach an acceptable level of autonomy to undergo a mountaineering trip. Obviously, each participant is different and the level obtained during the course will be individual. Furthermore, mountaineering experience is gained over time and is necessary to understand the different mountain phenomena. Therefore it is the responsibility of each participant to judge their own skill level.

  • Prerequisite: Completion of the full Mountain/Ski School Program or equivalent experience (validated by exam)
  • Level: intermediate
  • Duration: 3 days

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Mountain Navigation

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You will learn navigation skills to help you find your way in even the most remote regions of the world.

  • We will teach you how to find your exact position on the Earth
  • We will show you how to master the navigation principals with a map, a compast and a GPS
  • You will practice your techniques on the terrain
  • You will be introduced to different tools for trip planning.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Level: beginners
  • Duration: 1 day

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AST Level 1

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Goals

The level I Avalanche Skills course (introduction), will provide guidance to decision making and will be:

  • Based on the most advanced knowledge available.
  • Adapted for users with basic training and some experience
  • Introduce prior concepts for the next avalanche training.
  • Present and promote the safety course avalanche level 2 as a logical step for intermediate level decision-making skills.

At the end of the course, the student should:

  • Understand the basics of avalanche formation and release.
  • Identify avalanche terrain.
  • Know the steps required to plan and carry out a trip.
  • Use the Avaluator™ as a decision-making tool in areas where trips are rated using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) and where Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins are available.
  • Find resources for obtaining ATES terrain ratings if their trip is not rated.
  • Find resources for obtaining Avalanche Danger Ratings and Avalanche Bulletins if these are not available.
  • Use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain.
  • Carry out a companion rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Level: beginners
  • Duration: 2 days

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AST Level 2

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An AST 2 course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience and who have taken an AST 1 course. An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides an intermediate decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche terrain. An AST 2 course comprises a minimum of 9.5 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of three days in the field. The course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience.

At the end of the course, the student should:

  • Use the Avaluator2.0 as a filtering tool to determine when additional planning and travel techniques are required to travel safely.
  • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale.
  • Be familiar with the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings.
  • Use routefinding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk.
  • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions.
  • Proficiently carry out a companion rescue.
  • Understand the limits of their training.

Included

  • Book : Staying alive in avalanche terrain
  • Terrain fieldbook
  • Beacon, shovel, probe (lending for the course duration for those who have none)
  • Snow analysis equipment (lending for the course duration for those who have none)
  • Transportation at Mont Washington
  • Not included

Lodging

  • Food
  • Ski, snowboard or snowshoes
  • All personal gear and any other expenses during the training.
  • Prerequisite: AST1 (certificat requested)
  • Level: intermediate
  • Duration: 4 days

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Companion Rescue Skills

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A Companion Rescue Skills course is a must-have for all backcountry recreationists in any sport, because it teaches life-saving search and rescue techniques. The CRS course may be the first step of your avalanche training, or an important refresher for those with previous training. The one-day CRS requires a minimum of seven hours in the field.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Consider and incorporate preventative measures.
  • Prioritize actions if caught in an avalanche.
  • Understand the function of airbags.
  • Understand transceiver functions and practice transceiver skills.
  • Apply search and rescue techniques.
  • Practice searching without a transceiver.
  • Consider multiple burial situations.
  • Organize a group rescue.
  • Identify post-incident considerations.
  • Prerequisite: AST1 or AST2 (certificat requested)
  • Level: intermediate
  • Duration: 1 day

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Winter Camping Course

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You will familiarize yourself with the winter camping experience, to sleep in cold weather and in snow. The success of your outdoor trip or your international expedition will depend on your comfort, the quality of your sleep and your safety.

  • We will focus making you comfortable with the experience of sleping outdoors in low temperatures.
  • We will see the thechniques for practicing winter camping safely.
  • We will cover how to choose and manage winter camping equipment.
  • We will see how to choose clothing and layering principles for winter activities.
  • We will learn to recognize signs and symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • We will teach you how to treat hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Level: beginners
  • Duration: 2 days (including 1 night)

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