Mt Columbia Ski Mountianeering

Types: 10 Tallest Project, Expeditions, Ski and Snowboarding, Ski Mountaineering, Touring, Traverse

Region: Banff / Lake Louise

Mt Columbia Ski Mountianeering

As part of our 10 Tallest Project, we’re headed to Mt. Columbia this spring, the highest point in Alberta and #6 on the highest points in BC.

Mt Columbia Ski Mountianeering

As part of our 10 Tallest Project, we’re headed to Mt Columbia this spring, the highest point in Alberta and #6 on the highest points in BC. While not a very technically difficult peak, Mt Columbia is situated in the midst of the vast Columbia Icefield. An area notorious for bad weather and poor visibility. However, it’s also breathtakingly beautiful and a feather in any mountaineers cap!

We're planning to head up this beautiful peak in the spring as it will allow us to ski tour instead of walk making the trip a bit quicker and more enjoyable. Ski down a mountain is so much more fun than walking!

There's also two different Mt Columbia packages to choose from: A 3-day trip where we access the Columbia Icefield via the Athabasca or a 2-day trip where we fly up to the base of the mountain in a helicopter from Golden. Both offer an amazing experience, the 3-day version just includes a little more work hauling big overnight packs.

The Ten Tallest Project:

What is the 10 Tallest Project? It's a goal we have of being the first to Climb or Ski the 10 highest peaks in BC. Some are easy to reach and not overly technical while others are quite involved and seldom climbed. But each and every peak is worthy! The plan is to offer trips on a few of these amazing peaks every year until we’ve done them all! For more information on the 10 Tallest Project can be found here.

Waiver & Risk Management:

As you know, outdoor activities involve numerous hazards including, but not limited to, avalanches, crevasses, rockfall, slips and falls, equipment failure, poor weather, etc. And while we do our best to anticipate and mitigate these hazards we cannot completely eliminate them. So, as with anything fun, you will be required to sign our Participant Release to take part in one of our courses or trips.

Custom Dates Available

Just let us know what dates will work for you and we will put together a custom package.

Fine Print:

3-Day Trip Itinerary:

The weather and conditions will have a direct effect on our exact itinerary and of course we can’t promise blue skies. However, having a little flexibility in your schedule can really help. Regardless, we’re going to have a great time!

– Day 1: Drive up to the Columbia Icefields & start up the Athabasca Glacier
– Day 2: Summit Day
– Day 3: Pack-up camp and ski back to the parking lot

2-Day Trip Itinerary:

– Day 1: Meet at Golden Airport to fly in & set-up camp
– Day 2: Summit Day – With an early start we will tag the summit, pack-up camp and fly out.

Mt Columbia Ski Mountianeering

Highlights

  • Highest peak in Alberta
Types 10 Tallest Project, Expeditions, Ski and Snowboarding, Ski Mountaineering, Touring, Traverse
Region Banff / Lake Louise
Season April - May
Prices From $1,199.00

Difficulty: Difficulty: Intermediate Intermediate

What's Included

  • Pre-trip planning & support
  • ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guide
  • Group safety equipment
  • Group camping equipment as needed (stoves, tent, etc.)
  • Black Sheep Adventure Sports hat

What's Not Included

  • Personal equipment (some rentals are available)
  • Transportation to/from Lake Louise
  • Accommodation in Lake Louise
  • Trip cancellation, travel & medical insurance
  • Extra days due to weather
  • Meals

Prerequisites

This is an intermediate to advance ski mountaineering program.  You must have some prior overnight winter camping experience and be an advanced intermediate downhill skier.  If you’re unsure of your ability feel free to contact us to discuss the trip.

  • BlackSheep Merino Wool Toque (Beanie) $35.00
  • Glacier Kit Rental $25.00
  • Avalanche Safety Equipment - 1 Day Rental $40.00

Activities and Add-Ons for this Course

BlackSheep Merino Wool Toque (Beanie)

A beautiful fleece lined merino wool toque. They come in black and grey though colours are subject to availability.

Glacier Kit Rental

Winter: 4 locking carabiners, 2 non-locking, personal prussic, sling, 5m prussic cord and belay device Summer: 4 locking carabiners, 2 non-locking, personal prussic, sling, 5m prussic cord, belay device, ice screw, crampons & ice axe

Avalanche Safety Equipment - 1 Day Rental

This rental kit includes: Transceiver, Probe, Shovel & Ski Touring Backpack.

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