People per Guide
Type of Trip
Do you love skiing and want to try backcountry ski? Do you want to learn the many aspects that will make you fully enjoy it? Then this backcountry ski course in Iceland is for you!
I designed this 3-day course for intermediate to advanced resort skiers that want to discover a new experience in the snow.
The course runs from a Friday to Sunday, thus perfect for a weekend. In fact, you can combine it with my avalanche training course if you have the time. In this way, you will practice the skills you just learned.
I want to teach you how to start planning your own ski tours. For this, you will need to be sure you can make the best decisions regarding your team and the route you select. Besides, I will teach you how to recognize a hazardous situation to maximize your safety.
Our base will be Klængshóll, a luxury ski lodge in northern Iceland. Here you will have all the comforts you can think of. Besides, there is excellent ski terrain right out of the lodge, so we will optimize the use of our time.
Want to come learn the necessary skills to leave the ski resorts? Then please send me a request so we can start planning!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Arrival and instructions
Arrival at 4PM at Klængshóll, where we discuss the course goals and objectives and we check the equipment.
– Introduction to avalanche rescue equipment.
– Clothing and equipment
– Packing light and right
We have dinner and plan the next day.
After breakfast we do avalanche rescue training. Then touring with focus on:
– efficient travel for up and downhill skiing
– efficient transitions
– route selection
– identification of hazards
– uphill and downhill on steeper terrains
– ski proficiency in challenging snow conditions
– evaluating the snowpack
Dinner and planning the next day.
After breakfast we review the weather and avalanche conditions, and learn map reading and white-out navigation.
Then touring with focus on:
– moving efficiently on a longer tour
– transition efficiently
– fine tuning skills learned yesterday
– route finding and navigation
– time management
At Klængshóll lodge.
Minimum group size: 4 people.
Participants should be intermediate resort skiers/snowboarders who feel comfortable skiing advanced runs in the resort and variable snow conditions. Most of our time will be spent outside in the field on alpine touring / splitboard equipment.
Please contact me for more information about the equipment available for rent.
About the Guide
I'm Iceland's first and only IFMGA internationally certified mountain guide. I'm a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides ACMG with whom I finished my certification. I have climbed and skied extensively all over the world, and I lived and worked in both the European Alps and the mountains of Western Canada.
I have brought this wealth of diverse experiences to Iceland and the Arctic North where I have to my name over a hundred first ascents and descents in Iceland and Greenland.
My love of the mountains grew from an early age working as a shepherd on my grandparent's farm on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland. Or maybe it had something to do with my name, which in English would translate directly to Glacier Mountain man.
If you want to discover this beautiful country, please get in touch with me and let's leave together for incredible adventure!