Mountaineering Courses

Join one of our multi-level mountaineering courses & safely maximize your learning potential…

Every year, Summit Mountain Guides offers day and multi-day summer mountaineering courses in the Nelson area, the Canadian Rockies, the Coast mountains and the European Alps. Whether you are interested in trying this rewarding activity or have a specific learning goal, we offer beginner to advanced mountaineering courses for individuals, families and groups.

We offer a wide range of courses including: Introduction to mountaineering, Snow and Ice courses, Crevasse Rescue courses as well as personalized Alpine Skills courses. Summit Mountain Guides also offers backcountry ski-touring courses with professional ski guides throughout the winter on a daily basis or on weekends, near Nelson BC and Western Canada.


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Mountaineering Courses
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Advanced Mountaineering

This 4 to 5-day course is for people interested in fine-tuning their existing mountaineering skills & bringing them up to the next level. On this course, you will learn modern advanced mountaineering skills from professional mountain guides.

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Avalanche Skills – AST 1

Learn the basics of safe winter travel in avalanche terrain. Knowing more saves lives…

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Avalanche Skills – AST 2

Deepen your knowledge, broaden your perspective and refine your decision making skills in avalanche terrain.

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Companion Rescue Skills

The CRS is a one-day, field based, refresher of current rescue skills, preventative measures and modern technology to maximize safety.

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Crevasse Rescue

This 1 day course is designed for mountaineers & skiers interested in learning the skills required for safe glacier travel and crevasse rescue.

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Day Skills Series

Our Day Skills Series is for people interested in acquiring or refreshing very specific mountaineering skills. It is a 1, 2 or 3-day series where participants can choose from various skills.

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Intro to Ski Touring and Backcountry Skiing

Intro to Backcountry Skiing

Get started the safe way! This one or two day introductory course focuses on safe backcountry touring practices. Participants will learn a great deal about trip preparation, gear use, touring skills, powder skiing skills along with basic avalanche awareness skills required for a safe and enjoyable ski tour.

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Intro to Mountaineering

This 4day course is a comprehensive introduction to general mountaineering on rock, snow, glaciers and mixed terrain. It is designed for people with minimal experience interested in acquiring the basic skills and knowledge to start mountaineering.

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Managing Avalanche Terrain

The MAT is a one-day, field-based course, designed to expand on the terrain management skills taught in the AST 1 course.

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Ski Mountaineering 101

An introduction to ski mountaineering covering the skills to plan & execute big mountain objectives. Learn a safe progressive approach to get after big peaks, glaciers, steeps, couloirs & high summits! This 3 day course will take your backcountry skiing skills to the next level.

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Snow & Ice Focus

This 3-day course is a condensed introduction to mountaineering with a focus on snow, ice and glacier travel skills. It is specially designed for motivated students just starting up or people with previous exposure to mountaineering & rock climbing looking to refresh specific skills.

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