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Crevasse Rescue Course on Lake Louise

Lake Louise | Alberta
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Top three reasons to upgrade your skills in Lake Louise

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    Explore Alberta’s beautiful backcountry

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    Refresh and update your knowledge with realistic scenario practice

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    Learn the fundamentals of crevasse rescue in the legendary Lake Louise area

In Alberta’s already rich repertoire of skiing and climbing destinations, Lake Louise stands out as one of the highlights. And how could it not—in the Lake, wherever you turn you’ll see a magnificent powder bowl, a photogenic ridge, or a peak itching to be climbed. The area is so impressive that some ski events in the 1998 Winter Olympics were hosted there! However, if you aim to venture deeper into Alberta’s stunning wilderness, you should aim to keep safe. In the backcountry, proper crevasse rescue skills are paramount and could mean the difference between life and death. This course was designed to teach you or refresh your knowledge of optimal crevasse rescue practices and gear use. As such, it’s an essential tour for every backcountry adventurer. This winter, put safety first and push your crevasse rescue knowledge to the next level in the ever-alluring Lake Louise.

Season

December through January

Nearest city

Calgary, Alberta, is 2 hours away from Lake Louise

Duration

2 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

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Learn to traverse glaciers safely and more confidently with this Crevasse Rescue Course in the beautiful Lake Louise area. Update previous skills and learn new ones with your experienced and certified instructors showing you the ropes. This course will also teach you the basics of mountain travel, meaning that just about anyone can take it!

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Itinerary

Day 1: Meet and greet

Meet your guides in the Guides room at the Lake Louise Hostel and take care of the waivers. After a short theoretical presentation, start learning about simple knots and systems. Spend the afternoon outside, where you can practice and get introduced to more complex systems.

Day 2: Practice scenario

Head to a safe, but very realistic practice site at Crowfoot Meadows, just north of Lake Louise. You will spend the day doing rescue simulations, putting the theory and practice from day 1 to use.

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Learning outcomes

This course is meant to prepare you for decision-making in complex rescue scenarios, and adapting said decisions to site-specific information. This will make you act quicker in real-life rescue situations. Throughout the course, you’ll learn about:

    • Arresting the fall, assessing the situation and decision point
    • T-slot and ice screw anchors
    • Transferring load and decision point
    • Belaying to the lip of crevasse and decision point
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Things to know

Covid measures in Lake Louise

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Lake Louise, AB, please refer to Alberta’s official COVID-19 info website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • An experienced, certified guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A full day of instruction
    • A full day in the field
    • Use of all group technical gear

What’s not included:

    • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
    • Crevasse rescue equipment
    • Accommodation
    • Food and snacks

How fit do I need to be?

To get the most of this course, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

Prerequisites:
Students must be able to travel in the snow and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. Skiers must be able to hike for several hours at a time while carrying a small pack. All participants should be comfortable traveling in snow while carrying touring gear. There are no other prerequisites.

What equipment do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

    • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis, or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
    • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
    • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
      • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
      • Lightweight snow shovel
      • Avalanche probe

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

    • Helmet (provided by guide)
    • Sunglasses or ski goggles
    • Gloves and hat
    • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Down jacket or vest
    • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
    • One 60-120cm sewn sling with two non-locking carabiners — can be provided by guide
    • Two 5-meter 6 or 7mm prussic cords with non-locking carabiners — can be provided by guide
    • Four locking carabiners
    • Any new mechanical crevasse rescue device
    • Harness (provided by guide)
    • Water bottle and 1L of water
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • First-aid kit
    • Sunscreen
    • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
    • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

    • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from the Lake Louise Ski Resort
    • Splitboard can be rented from the Lake Louise Ski Resort

Ski rental locations are in Lake Louise and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and pricing:

    • These courses are not private. For the group course, the max guest-to-guide ratio is 7:1.
    • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Crevasse rescue courses in Lake Louise can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Lake Louise, AB, most people fly into Calgary International Airport 2 hours southeast. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus to Lake Louise.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the Guides room at the Lake Louise Hostel or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ski ability of the group.

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