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Splitboard Mountaineering Course

Regular price
$1,300.00 USD
Regular price
Sale price
$1,300.00 USD

The 4 day course will take place on one of Mount Bakers beautiful glaciers or nearby in the North Cascades National Park. Over 3 nights and 4 days we will introduce, practice, and apply the skills necessary for climbing Cascadian Volcanoes and peaks abroad. Each day we will takes runs around the glaciers while allowing participants the opportunity to get out front and lead the group. Under the supervision of our experienced guides you can receive direct feedback and immediately apply the feedback resulting in skill development. 

This co branded course with Weston Backcountry is led by guide Team Member Jere Burrell and culminates with a summit of Mount Baker.


With the goal of climbing and skiing Mount Baker to the summit each participant will recieve a Ski Mountaineering School Course. This means the learning outcomes match the objective and skills taught.

Learning Outcomes

  • Glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Snow anchors
  • Knots & hitches
  • Use the rope while descending
  • Self arrest
  • Winter camping
  • Secure riding movement in variable snow

Best For

  • Strong Intermediate or higher ski and skinning ability
  • Ability to ski or ride with a backpack
  • Moderate or above fitness (ascend 4,700 vertical feet over 4 miles in a day)
  • Ascend a total of 7,200' of vertical over 12 miles round trip
  • Fitness for 4 days in the mountains


Gear List


Base Layer



Thermal Bottom

O.R. Alpine Onset Bottoms

O.R. Alpine Onset Bottoms

Thermal Top

O.R. Alpine Onset Crew

O.R. Echo L/S Tee

Ski Socks

Mid Layer



Soft Shell

O.R. Ferrosi Hooded Jacket

O.R. Ferrosi Hooded Jacket

Fleece Jacket

O.R. Vigor Plus Fleece Hoody

O.R. Vigor Plus Fleece Hoody




Lightweight Waterproof Jacket

O.R. Motive Ascentshell

O.R. Motive Ascentshell

Lightweight Waterproof Pants

O.R. Skyward II Pants

O.R. Skyward II Pants

Softshell Pants (Springtime only)

O.R. Cirque Pants

O.R. Trailbreaker II Pants

Warm Hat, Beanie

O.R. Beanies

O.R. Beanies

Sun Hat, Ball Cap, or Visor

O.R. Swift Cap

O.R. Swift Cap

Lightweight Gloves (warmer weather)

O.R. Extravert Gloves

O.R. Storm tracker Gloves

Ski Gloves
(cold weather & waterproof)

O.R. Arete Glove

O.R. Arete Gloves





O.R. Helium Down Jacket

O.R. Helium Down Jacket

Synthetic Jacket

O.R. Helium Insulated Hoody

O.R. Helium Insulated Hoody

Personal Gear

Backpack 45L-60L

Ortovox Peak 45L

Water Bottles

2 1L Wide Mouth or Hydration system

Compactor/ Trash Bag

Water Proof Backpack Liner

Dinners, Lunches, Breakfasts

Easy to prepare & calorie dense


Adequate for Snow Travel

Goggles w/ Spare Lens

or 2nd pair of goggles

Low Light and Sunny Lens


SPF 25+

Lip Balm

SPF 15+


O.R. Echo Ubertube O.R. Echo Ubertube

Personal Gear


Black Diamond Storm

Tent 3 season (2-3 person)

Black Diamond First Light

Sleeping Bag
(20 degree or colder)

Parsec 20 degree

Sleeping Pad w/ repair kit

X Therm Inflatable


Z Lite Foam


MSR Windburner


IsoPropane Canister 8 oz



Bowl or Cup

Fold Flat Bowl

Toilet Paper

Small Toothbrush/ Paste


Hand Sanitizer

Technical Equipment

Ice Axe

Petzl Gully or Ride

Boot Crampons (10-12 point)

Camp 10 Point Aluminum

Lightweight Harness

Petzl Tour

Helmet (ski touring or downhill skiing rated) No Rock Climbing Helmets

Petzl Meteor

(4) Locking Carabiners

Black Diamond Vapor Lock

(4) Non locking carabiners

Black Diamond Lite Wire

(1) 120 cm dyneema sling

Black Diamond Dynex Sling

(2) 60 cm loop of cord

Shop Local Gear Stores (No REI cord)

(1) 6mm x 7m cordolette

Shop Local Gear Stores (No REI cord)

17cm – 22cm Ice Screw

Black Diamond Ultra Light Ice Screw

(1) Guide ATC

Black Diamond Guide ATC

Ski or Snowboard Gear

Skis or Splitboard

Weston Backcountry Splits and Skis

Ski Boots

Ski Poles

Black Diamond 3 Piece Poles and Snow Baskets or Traverse 3

Climbing Skins

Touring Skins

Ski/Splitboard Crampons

Binding Specific

Ski brakes or removable ski leashes


Avalanche Safety Gear

Transceiver/ Beacon

Black Diamond Guide BT Beacon

Probe (240cm -320cm)

Quickdraw 280cm



Optional Items

We highly recommend these but do not require them to participate.

Micro Traxion

Progress Capture Pulley


Micro Ascender

Notebook and writing utensil

Rite in the Rain 374 and Pencil

Winter Snow Boots (Parking Lot)

Sorel Style Boots


Vacuum Style for Hot Tea or Cocoa


Adjustable Declination


Suunto Watch

Map Case or Goggle Protection

Zip Loc


USGS Quad/ or Phone App

Multi tool

Sock Liners

Water Treatment

Aquamira or Steri Pen

Dromadary/ Camel Back

Down Booties

Cancellation Policy

Domestic trips and courses cancelled more than 20 days before the start date will be refunded in full. Cancellations less than 20 days in advance of the start date will be given a refund, minus a $75 processing fee. Cancelling a trip or course in 10 days or less of the start date will not be refunded. International trips have a 60 day cancellation policy.

Domestic Cancellation Policy
20 or more days before course or trip Full Refund
19 to 14 days before course or trip Refund minus $75 processing fee
13 to 10 days before course or trip Guided Exposure Credit minus $75 fee 
9 days or less before course start No Refund


   International & Trips Abroad: Japan & Alaska
60 days before trip departure  Full Refund
59 to 45 days before trip  Guided Exposure Credit minus $75 fee
44 days before trip departure  No Refund