Explore Squamish - January 22, 2018

Guiding Services in Squamish

Backcountry skiing on Brohm Ridge Squamish

Guiding Services in Squamish

Squamish didn't earn the title "Outdoor Recreation Captial of Canada" for no reason. Surrounded by hundreds of magnificent peaks, the exploration possibilities are endless. 

Ready for a taste of the Squamish backcountry? Check out this list of guiding services to help get you out there. 

Meet the Mountaineers

Altus Mountain Guides

A mountain guide service based out of Squamish and Whistler specialising in custom mountain adventures. Trips and courses are catered for the beginner to the expert adventurer.

Canada West Mountain School

Owned and operated by Squamish-based ACMG Mountain Guide Brian Jones, Canada West Mountain School has been teaching people to be self-sufficient in the backcountry since 1982.   

Which course do you offer in and around Squamish that every backcountry enthusiast should take? 

"Anyone that wants to go out and play in the backcountry in the Sea to Sky needs to have backcountry awareness, our AST1 is a minimum. It opens up doors and gives you the confidence to go out explore the backcountry." - Brian Jones

Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures

Specialists in the mountain disciplines of backcountry skiing, rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, hiking and mountain safety, Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures has been faithful to its namesake teaching mountain skills since 1991. 

Which course do you offer in and around Squamish that every backcountry enthusiast should take? 

"The best course for outdoor enthusiasts of all types and seasons is our navigation course. If your cell phone runs out of power on the trail, it's key to have a map and compass on hand and to know how to use them!" - Joelle Tiessen 

Courses

 

 

Photo: Joelle Tiessen, Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures

 

 

Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST)

A course for skiers and snowboarders (and snowshoers!) who plan to venture into the backcountry. This essential course will teach you how to identify hazards and how to manage them. Know before you go!
Where: By request at the Sea to Sky Gondola
Contact: Altus Mountian GuidesCanada West Mountain School or Mountain Skills Academy

Mountain Navigation 

Build your toolkit of mountain skills with a comprehensive two-day mountain navigation course. In this class, you will learn to recognise changing hazards and navigate with a map and compass.
Where: Squamish
Contact: Canada West Mountain School and Mountain Skills Academy

Crevasse Rescue

This technical course is ideal for those who want to strengthen their glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills. You will spend one day in Squamish learning advanced rescue skills and rope techniques applicable to all rope rescue systems, followed by a second day in an alpine region to apply your rope rescue skills in a glacier environment.
Where: Squamish and Whistler 
Contact: Altus Mountian GuidesCanada West Mountain School

Tours / Traverses

 

 

Photo: Klemen Mali, Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures

 

 

Tantalus Range Ski Mountaineering Trip

Four days, five peaks and steep ski runs up to 1500 metres in length. This Alaskan style terrain includes a mix of low angle glacial skiing and steep open faces and couloirs. The four-day guided ski trip includes an ACMG guide, meals, all technical gear (ropes, anchors, axe, crampons), heli flight in and out of hut and hut fees.
Where: Tantalus Range
Contact: Altus Mountian GuidesCanada West Mountain School and Mountain Skills Academy

Garibaldi Neve Traverse

Skiing across remote glaciers around Mount Garibaldi and over to Garibaldi Lake is the best way to appreciate the rugged beauty of the Southern Coast Mountains. Start at the trailhead to the Elfin Lakes/Paul Ridge area and traverse in a northerly direction to the glaciers of the Neve, underneath the North face of Mt Garibaldi, the Glacier Pikes, Sentinel Glacier, and Garibaldi Lake before descending the trail to Rubble Creek just south of Whistler.
Where: Squamish
When: March 9 - 11, March 23 - 25, and April 6 - 8. Private dates are available.
Contact: Canada West Mountain School

Sky Pilot Day Tour

Sky Pilot offers an excellent challenge for ski mountaineers. The complex avalanche terrain is difficult, but the views are worth the effort! Start the day with a lift up the Sea to Sky Gondola and gain up to 1100 meters of elevation. Highly trained guides lead you on an exhilarating trip right on Squamish's doorstep!
Where: Sea to Sky Gondola
When: By request
Contact: Canada West Mountain School and Mountain Skills Academy

Elfin Lakes Tour

A mellow tour for skiers with 880 meters of elevation gain. Ski around Paul Ridge's rolling meadows and continue towards the Elfin Lakes Shelter. Available for a single day or weekend trip.
Where: Garibaldi Provincial Park
Contact: Canada West Mountain School and Mountain Skills Academy

Backcountry Snowshoeing to Elfin Lakes

A full day adventure (22 km round trip) starting on a wide trail ascending a gentle grade up to the Red Heather day hut where you stop for lunch or use as a turnaround point for a shorter tour (10 km). There is a great panoramic view of Tantalus up a little higher and then follow the winter route up another 6 km to get right to the lakes. 
Where: Garibaldi Provincial Park
When: By request
Contact: Mountain Skills Academy

Winter Camping at Paul Ridge

Whether you want to learn how to build a snow cave, igloo, or just enjoy sleeping in a four-season tent, a guided night of winter camping will teach you all the secrets of a successful night out. 

Where: Paul Ridge, Garibaldi Provincial Park
When: By request
Contact: Canada West Mountain School

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