Courses and Special Weeks

Located in one of the most rugged corners of the Canadian Rockies, Icefall Lodge provides an ideal base for learning mountain skills. Icefall Lodge has an abundance of high peaks, big glaciers and long runs; the highest peaks and longest runs of any lodge in Canada. There is also a comfortable lodge and 2 high elevation huts to access this incredible terrain from.

  • Comfortable lodge and 2 high altitude satellite huts

  • Quick easy access to glaciers

  • Varied terrain which provides many options for travel and the right venue for teaching

  • Ski mountaineering peaks

  • Traverse options

  • Access to many of the highest peaks in the Rockies including Lyell and Forbes

  • Helicopter access

  • Remote wilderness setting far from the crowds

Icefall backcountry ski terrain Kemmel Ridge

Intro to Ski Mountaineering

This is a course designed teach mountaineering techniques in a spring ski conditions. Learn the skills that compliment ski touring and expand what is possible on skis. Spring is the perfect time to climb many of the high peaks in the Rockies. The spring snow conditions can offer a more predictable melt freeze avalanche cycle as well as a settled snowpack and easy travel. On many peaks, spring offers the best combination of conditions. This course will teach you the mountaineering skills necessary to take advantage of the spring season. Many of the skills will carry over directly to summer mountaineering.
Icefall backcountry ski terrain Tempest Glacier

Advanced Ski Mountaineering

This is an advanced level course designed for skiers wishing to become ski guides or advanced recreational skiers wishing to push their limits. The course will emphasize learning but will include mountaineering summits. Objectives will vary depending on conditions, but may include the 5 Lyell peaks (all over 11,000 feet), Icefall peak, Lens Peak, and Mons Peak. There is plenty of heavily glaciated big mountain terrain as well as many unskied lines to explore.
Icefall lodge yoga

Yoga Week

A week of backcountry ski touring, yoga, good company and healthy food. You will share a remote, helicopter accessed lodge with a small group. Spring skiing, mild temperatures and long days will make this a much more relaxed pace than a winter week. The all woman group will be guided by ACMG Ski Guide Emelie Stenberg.

Intro to Ski Mountaineering

  • Dates:April 23- 30, 2017

  • Price: $2150; $500 deposit required to book, balance due at the start of the course.

  • Meeting Place: Golden, BC

  • Included: Accommodation at Icefall Lodge, Mons Hut or the Lyell Hut, food, guiding and instruction.

Skills Covered

  • Avalanche awareness

  • Tracksetting

  • Use of boot and ski crampons

  • Crevasse rescue

  • Rope handling technique

  • Glacier travel

  • Navigation and route finding

This is a course designed teach mountaineering techniques in a spring ski conditions. Learn the skills that compliment ski touring and expand what is possible on skis.

Spring is the perfect time to climb many of the high peaks in the Rockies. Skis offer easy travel, less chance of falling in a crevasse and best of al quick descents.The spring snow conditions can offer a more predictable melt freeze avalanche cycle as well as a settled snowpack and easy travel. On many peaks, spring offers the best combination of conditions.

This course will teach you the mountaineering skills necessary to take advatage of the spring season. Many of the skills will carry over directly to summer mountaineering.

Advanced Ski Mountaineering

  • Dates:April 29- May 6, 2018

  • Price: $2000; $500 deposit required to book.

  • Meeting Place: Golden, BC

  • Included: Accommodation at Icefall Lodge, Mons Hut or the Lyell Hut, food, guiding and instruction.

Skills Covered

  • Route finding and leading on glaciers.

  • Crevasse rescue and rope techniques for glacier travel.

  • Route planning.

  • Map reading and terrain assessment.

  • Whiteout navigation.

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  • Short roping on snow and rock.

  • Use of boot and ski crampons

  • General rope handling skills.

  • Decision making.

This is an advanced level course designed for skiers wishing to become ski guides or advanced recreational skiers wishing to push their limits. The course will emphasize learning but will include mountaineering summits. Objectives will vary depending on conditions, but may include the 5 Lyell peaks (all over 11,000 feet), Icefall peak, Lens Peak, and mons Peak. There is plenty of heavily glaciated big mountain terrain as well as many unskied lines to explore.

Icefall Lodge has an abundance of high peaks, big glaciers and long runs; the highest peaks and longest runs of any lodge in Canada. There is also a comfortable lodge and 2 high elevaton huts to access this incredible terrain from. It is the perfect location to get out into heavily glaciated complex alpine terrain. The goal will be to get participants leading in this terrain. The spring often has perfect conditions to make some of the more complex lines possible.

There will be an emphasis on guiding techniques for those wishing to pursue a guiding career .The course will try to put participants in a leadership position, structured similar to the ACMG guides courses. There will be evening discussions and instruction so expect a full week of learning.

ski mountaineering boot pack

Diamond Spur

Diamond Spur is an advanced ski mountaineering objective which leads to the summit of Icefall Peak. This route was first climbed and skied on the 2006 ski mountaineering course. It involves a variety of mountaineering techniques including,boot hiking, crampons, and short roping. The smooth transition between these techniques and getting the perfect timing for the descent, were important factors in a successful climb.
Icefall backcountry ski terrain - ernest

Ernest Peak

Ernest Peak, Lyell 3: This is the highest of the 5 Lyell Peaks at 3520m (11,546 feet). It involces a long glacier approach and a steep climb up the NE face. The Bergschrund is sometimes problematic on this face but there are several options available. From the Lyell Hut, this is a reasonable day objective and we often add on the less technical Lyell 1 (Rudolph) and 2 (Edward).
Icefall backcountry ski terrain - Lens summit ridge

Lens Peak

This complex mountain with many sub summits offers a unique vantage point over the Lyell Glacier, Icefall Brook, Mount Alexandra, Mt Forbes and the Columbia Icefields. The South Face Couloir offers a weakness to the summit which can be skied from the top. After crossing the bergschrund, bootpacking, possible with crampons, takes a direct line to the summit. Depending on conditions, short roping or belaying may be required.

Yoga Week

  • Dates:April 17- 24, 2016

  • Price: $2150.

  • Meeting Place: Golden, BC

Included

  • Comfortable accommodation at Icefall Lodge.

  • Helicopter flight in and out.

  • All meals, healthy gourmet cuisine.

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  • Yoga instruction.

  • ACMG certified guide.

A week of backcountry ski touring, yoga, good company and healthy food. You will share a remote, helicopter accessed lodge with a small group. Spring skiing, mild temperatures and long days will make this a much more relaxed pace than a winter week. The all woman group will be guided by ACMG Ski Guide Emelie Stenberg.

Spring skiing means long days, cool nights and warm afternoons. The perfect corn run is a combination of aspect, elevation, steepness and most of all timing. The snow is faster and the skiing generally easier than mid winter. The goal will be to hit the corn just right and slide back to the lodge to enjoy the warm afternoon on the deck.

There is a huge elevation range at Icefall, so there are lots of options to find good snow and high elevation, north facing powder. It is also the perfect time of year for ski mountaineering and there are many peaks suitable for a ski ascent.

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