The following MountainLIFE programs are designed for adults 30+ who want to connect with their peers in the community, get outdoors and enjoy mountain life to the fullest.
AST Level 1
Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 is a must for everyone heading into the backcountry. Learn about avalanche formation and release, how to identify avalanche terrain, the basics of trip planning, how to use avalanche for ecasts, travel techniques in avalanche terrain and an intro to companion rescue. This course requires an intermediate level skiing or snowboarding ability.
$230 | Saturday & Sunday
AC-MO-AS-12 | December 7 – 8
AST Level 2
For those who have taken Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 and have solid experience in the backcountry. In AST Level 2 you will learn progressive planning and travel techniques required to travel safely through various types of terrain, how to use the Danger Rating on a local scale, how to apply the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale model to develop terrain ratings and proficiently carry out a companion rescue. This course includes one day in the classroom and three days in the backcountry (Golden area).
$635 *includes course book
Saturday & Sunday
AC-MO-AS-22 | December 21 – 22
Bow Hut Overnighter
Go for an overnight ski tour to the famous Bow Hut! It will take about six hours to get to the hut (6.5 km, 525 m of elevation gain). After a night in the hut, we will do a short tour up the Bow Glacier and onto the icefield before we ski back to the road in the afternoon. Some previous ski touring and avalanche safety experience is required for this trip.
$295 | Saturday & Sunday
AC-MO-BO-04 | April 4 – 5
Intro to Ice Climbing
Learn the basics of ice climbing in the Canadian Rockies from some of the best climbers and guides in the Bow Valley. The course will provide the gear you need, safety procedures, hazard identification, ice movement, rope work, belaying, and lowering on top climbs.
$105 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
AC-MO-IN-12 | Tuesday, December 10
AC-MO-IN-01 | Sunday, January 5
AC-MO-IN-02 | Tuesday, February 4
AC-MO-IN-03 | Wednesday, March 11
AC-MO-IN-04 | Wednesday, April 8
Intro to Ice Climbing Weekend
Learn the basics of ice climbing at two different spots in the Canadian Rockies. This is an overnight trip at the Mosquito Creek Hostel along the Icefields Parkway. Topics covered include appropriate gear, safety procedures, hazard identification, ice movement, rope work, belaying and lowering on top climbs. You will have the opportunity to try steeper ice and climb different ice flows.
AC-MO-CL-01 | January 25 & 26