Ski Mountaineering Course at Balfour Hut with Jeff Bullock - Saturday, Apr 08, 2023

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The Basics:
Event Type: Alpine 
Event Location: Balfour Hut, 2 consecutive nights booked 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Apr 08, 2023 07:00 AM (Carpool Departure: 07:00 AM @ Banff)  
Registration Cut Off:   Friday, Apr 07, 2023 10:48 AM  
Event Duration: 3 days 
Difficulty Rating:   D3 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Peter DuBeau

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 5
Minimum Group Size: 4
Number Registered So Far:   5 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


Ski mountaineering course alert

Based out of the Balfour Hut, this intensive, 3-day course will get you skiing one of the Rockies' greatest peaks.  The long, warm spring days and deep, well-settled snowpack of early April will present the registrant with multiple days of instruction from Alpine Air Adventures guide Jeff Bullock.  Zoom meeting pre course for a couple hrs to get logistics and group details sorted.

Day 1: Meet and sign waivers, ski to Balfour Hut, along the way, the group will spend some time discussing overall objectives and past experience.  Up to an hour of companion rescue review, assess conditions and gather snowpack information.  An evening session debriefing conditions and group dynamics in preparation for following days objective and route.

Day 2: Aiming for Mount Balfour via complex terrain (e.g., Mt Athabasca).  Assessing conditions during group meeting and onsight observations, snowpack data and changing wx observations while managing the group. An evening session debriefing conditions and group dynamics.

Day 3:  Ski out, which way will be determined by weather and group discussion and dynamics. 


  • minimum AST 1 in the last 3 years (AST 2 recommended)
  • rope rescue is an asset and should be seriously considered 
  • 15 min real touring days this season with intermediate to strong downhill skills
  • any other mountaineering skills are an asset 

Instructor: Jeff Bullock, ACMG Mountain Guide

Open to 5 people, 6 spots booked at the Balfour Hut for two nights.

Contact Info: RMS Training & Leadership Committee (

$575 for ACC members; $325 for RMS active trip leaders

Day 1:  ski to Balfour Hut from Bow Lake

Day 2:  Attempt Mount Balfour

Day 3:  ski from Balfour Hut to Bow Lake

Required Items to Bring:

See prerequisites in the itinerary.  Glacier and avalanche gear, helmet, backcountry skiing, sleeping gear and 3 days worth of personal food.  

How to Get There:
Carpool Departure Time:   07:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Banff


Cost includes two nights at Balfour Hut, guided instruction for three days.  Skiing to the summit of Balfour and skiing the east face of Balfour would be our aspirational goals.

Payment Options:
  • Member $575.00 CAD
  • Coordinator $325.00 CAD

*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. Acceptable waiting list candidates will have priority. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non-recoverable costs). Note that ACC National does not refund hut fees due to weather, delay, closures, or any other reasons. The Rocky Mountain Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

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Registration for this event closed on Friday, April 07, 2023 at 10:48 AM.