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Ymir Lodge Ski Touring and Avalanche Skills Week, British Columbia

Ymir Lodge
Avalanche training
ski touring
ski mountaineering Canada

Enjoy 8 days of ski touring, along with some avalanche skills training, at the Ymir lodge in the Rockies of British Columbia, Canada with IFMGA certified guide Brent.



8 Days

Jan, Dec




  • Enjoy 8 days of fantastic ski touring at the Ymir Lodge in British Columbia.
  • Spend time learning about avalanche skills during a AST2 course.
  • Admire the beauty of the incredible Canadian Rockies.


For 8 wonderful days, I would like to guide you on a ski touring trip at the Ymir Lodge. In addition to ski touring, you will also get to learn a great deal during an AST2 avalanche skills training seminar.

Located in the Canadian Rockies, near the border between British Columbia and Alberta, the Ymir Backcountry Lodge is right in the middle of the majestic mountain range. For 8 days, you will get to ski tour on several amazing slopes in those mountains that will provide you with astounding views and impeccable powder at every jump and turn.

Your trip will begin with an exciting helicopter ride from Nelson to the Ymir Lodge. After that, you will settle into your comfortable lodging. From there, In the mornings and evenings, we will be learning about avalanche skills in a classroom environment. While you’re skiing, you will learn right on the slopes, as we will cover terrain choices, route planning, and other important topics. Finally, on the last day of the trip, you will enjoy a half-day of ski touring, followed by another helicopter ride back to your original pick-up point.

In order to participate in this trip, you should be in good physical condition. It is also important that you can ski at an intermediate level and have AST1 training.

Ski touring in the Canadian Rockies is an amazing experience. On this comprehensive ski touring week with AST2 avalanche training, you both enjoy and learn. Send your request today and let's start planning your adventure!

Would you like to trek on a glacier? You can also join me on this 3-day traverse of the Wapta glacier in the Banff national park.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

The price listed is for early bird bookings until the 1st of December 2022. After that date, the price will raise 500CAD.

The price includes: 8 days and 7 nights tour, guiding fee, avalanche skills training level 2, food, accommodation at the Ymir Backcountry hut, heli flights in and out of Nelson BC.

The price does not include equipment (please inquire about rentals), or GST tax.



Ymir Backcountry Lodge is located at 6,250 ft ( 1920m ), with amazing ski terrains all around. The lodge has dorms, a big kitchen, dining room and lounge area which are heated by a wooden fireplace in a beautiful, cozy setting. The lodge has composting toilets and a sauna.There is the option of charging small electronic devices, and almost no cell phone reception.

Meeting point

Helicopter pickup at Nelson

Equipment you will need to bring

Rent equipment on site

Other gear: * Fleece/Wool Hat (that can be worn under a helmet) * Buff – optional (for cold and/or sun protection) * Synthetic/Wool Baselayer Shirt (like Icebreaker Oasis) Synthetic/Wool Midlayer Hoody (like BD Factor) * Synthetic/Wool Baselayer Pant (like Icebreaker Oasis) * Synthetic/Wool Socks (like Icebreaker Hike+ or Ski+ OTC) * Softshell Jacket (like BD Dawn Patrol) and Hardshell Jacket weather (like BD Recon) * Hardshell Pants (like BD Recon) * Light Insulated Jacket (like BD First Light) * Medium or Heavy Insulated Jacket (like BD Belay) Insulated Pants – optional (like BD Stance) * Light Gloves (like BD Tour) Medium Gloves (like BD Glissade) * Heavy Gloves or Mitts (like BD Guide or Mercury) * We recommend bringing the following resource material that you should have received on your AST1: Avalanche Skills Training Handbook, Floyer/Robine, Avaluator 2.0 THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL BACKCOUNTRY GEAR IS REQUIRED(please inquire if you do not have your own and we will advise you about rental options accordingly): * Daypack 35-45L (recommend BD Mission 35) * Helmet (if skiing/splitboarding) * Skis/splitboard w touring bindings (like G3 Ions) touring boots poles skins ski strap scraper skin wax * Transceiver w fresh batteries, Shovel, Probe * Fieldbook and pen or pencil (recommend RiteintheRain Levels no 311, YE99, 93B, PeakSTRATAGEM cover) * Sunglasses Goggles Sunscreen Thermos or Water Bottle w insulated sleeve * Headlamp Small first aid kit with blister kit * Optional: Camera GPS and/or Smartphone * Optional: Snowscreen Thermometer (recommend Weksler Armoured Thermometer) * Optional: Saw (recommend Stihl 33cm pruning saw)

About the guide

Based in Canmore, Alberta, I am an IFMGA- and ACMG-certified mountain guide. I also serve in the Canadian Armed Forces and am a founding partner of the Outward Bound Veterans Program.

My mission is for you to learn the skills to be competent and independent in the backcountry. I will break down complex skill sets into individual building blocks for you to learn progressively and confidently. After learning the skills, you will get to practice them in the backcountry with my guidance or that of one of the ACMG-certified guides in my team.





What people are saying about this trip

Jacquelin Loving


January, 2023

This week with Brent at the Ymir Lodge was an unforgettable experience. We learned a lot inside the "classroom" and outside on the slopes. We were able to explore the mountain with the new information and test our decision-making in a guided setting. Brent did an amazing job making sure we were fed, stimulated, and safe. His tracks were complimented throughout the week and he really proved his ability to navigate through the terrain when he guided us, on our request, back to civilization instead of taking the helicopter back.


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