Skiing on glaciers in the spring and early summer can be amazing, but can come with its own set of hazards. In the ski mountaineering world, we talk about two types of hazards: falling off the mountain, and falling into the mountain. When skiing on a glacier, falling into the mountain is one of the most prominent hazards that we have to mitigate. It is critical that skiers traveling on glacier know how to properly rescue their partner should they ski into a crevasse. Since roped travel while skiing is not an option in most cases, skiers should have a quick system that they can employ to properly rescue a partner.
This is a must-do course for experienced backcountry skiers looking to make the transition into ski mountaineering on glaciers. The foundation of any solid crevasse rescue system is an anchor. We will cover anchors extensively, and make sure that you have a few tools in your toolbox for creating a strong anchor. We will also introduce the C pulley system and Z pulley system. Once you’re practiced in each, you’ll learn to combine them into complex hauling systems. The focus of this course is to enable you to haul a partner out of a crevasse in the event that they fall in while skiing. This day will culminate is a full crevasse-rescue simulation.
Previous ski touring experience is required for this clinic.