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Backcountry ski weekend course in Iceland

backcountry ski course

Jokull, local IFMGA certified mountain guide, offers a 3-day backcountry ski course in Iceland to learn how to plan your own tour away from the resorts.

Not specified

3 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Fit

Beginner


Description

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!

Prices per person

Group of 4

ISK 99000 Each

Group of 5

ISK 99000 Each

Group of 6

ISK 99000 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Full use of bath house facilities, hot tub and sauna is included. Snacks are not included.


Itinerary

Day 1: 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.

Day 2: Touring course

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.

Day 3: Touring course

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

 

Details

Accommodation

At Klængshóll lodge.

More info

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!

Languages

English

Certificates

ACMG | IFMGA

Residence

Dalvik


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