Winter Snow Camping (Stoke Sisters)

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.

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Pre Requisites:
Basic skiing or snowshoeing experience; Previous summer overnight backpacking and camping experience. No previous avalanche training is required, though an Avalanche Skills course is recommended for anyone winter backcountry camping.
  • Cost: $275 + GST

      Included in course cost:
    • All instruction by Professional Guide/Instructor
    • 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 for Stoke Sisters Winter Snow Camping 2023
    • Mar 25-26, 2023
    • Mar 31-Apr 1, 2023

    All Winter Snow Camping courses include an evening Zoom session, held on a prearranged evening prior to the course field dates. If you cannot attend this session, please notify our office in order to make alternate arrangements to cover the required pretrip material, including logistics.

  • The final course location will be determined by snow conditions and with group input, based on objectives. Typical locations include the Diamond Head region of Garibaldi Parl; Mt Seymour backcountry; and the Duffy Lake rd region.

    The group will meet on the first field day at the trailhead 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 Zoom session in advance of the two field days. This first 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 back country to establish a base camp. Skills covered will include equipment use, route finding, track setting, avalanche safety, weather and snow-pack observations, campsite selection, winter camp set-up and back country 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 back country 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