Winter Snow Camping
Spend a night in the backcountry this winter and build a snowshelter or a snow cave with your friends! This is an excellent and fun introduction to Winter Snow Camping where you will learn the skills needed for overnight winter camping, including basic survival techniques for winter travel, snow shelter building techniques and basic Avalanche skills training. This is also an excellent course to prepare for any larger mountaineering expedition that requires extensive winter camping. Skis or snowshoes can be used on this course.
- Cost: $265 + GST
Included in course cost:
- All instruction by Professional Guide/Instructors
- 2.5 days of direct instruction
- Use of our 4-season Mountain Tents
- Instructional manuals (incl. CAA "Avaluator V.2")
- Use of our avalanche beacons
- Use of G3 probe
- Use of G3 Avi-tech shovel
- Use of G3 "Bonesaw" snowsaw
- Dates - 2018-2019
December 15-16, 2018 (*Tuesday, Dec 11 evening session)
January 19-20, 2019 (*Tuesday, Jan 15 evening session)
February 16-17, 2019 (*Tuesday, Feb 12 evening session)
March 9-10, 2019 (*Tuesday, Mar 5 evening session)
March 30-31, 2018 (*Tuesday, Mar 26 evening session)
All dates marked with an asterisk (*) are evening seminars held at our classroom in North Vancouver. If you cannot attend these sessions, please notify our office in order to make alternate arrangements to cover the required pre-trip material, including logistics.
- The evening classroom session is held at 240-400 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver. There is ample street parking nearby. If you cannot make this session please contact our office well in advance so that we can arrange all the course details with you directly.
The group will meet on the first field day at a pre-arranged location that will be determined at the pre-trip meeting. Please allow extra time in the morning in order to deal with unexpected delays, poor road conditions, etc.
Students are responsible for getting to and from the course areas.
- Our format includes one evening session in advance of the two field days. This first 3-hour session provides a chance for everyone to meet one another as well as an overview of the course including equipment selection and review, discussion of the specific location, hazard awareness, menu planning and food prep and logistics planning.
The first field day is spent travelling into the backcountry to establish a base camp. Skills covered will include equipment use, route finding, track setting, avalanche safety, weather and snowpack observations, campsite selection, winter camp set-up and backcountry hazard awareness.
After camp is established on Day-1 there is usually time to head out and work on some avalanche skills, navigation technique and go for a short tour. For participants who are on skis, this is a good time to get some turns in!
Day-2 will provide an opportunity to go for a 3-4 hour tour and work on more winter travel technique, route finding, avalanche skills and generally gain more backcountry experience under the guidance of your Instructor.
Participants should plan on returning to the trailhead at approximately 3 or 4 pm at the end of Day-2
Here is a link to the Gear List - Canada West Mountain School Winter Camping Course Gear List
Review these documents, and bring completed Waiver and Medical Forms to your program:
CWMS Medical Disclosure Form - CWMS MEDICAL form
CWMS Waiver & Assumption of Risk - CWMS Waiver
CWMS Gear List -Canada West Mountain School Winter Camping Course Gear List
CWMS Refund & Transfers policies - Refund Policy