Scheduled Course - Snow Mountaineering Skills

Snow Mountaineering Skills:

Instruction in alpine snow climbing, proper use of ice axe and crampons and self-arrest techniques.


Excellent preparation for spring / summer climbs in the Rockies, Cascades, Alaska, etc. Instructor will take you through a progression from climbing in balance, using duck-foot, crossover-step, sidestep, and plunge-step, to self-belay with piolet cane, high and low dagger, and piolet traction, and on to flat-footing and front-pointing with crampons.

Finally the rope will be incorporated, emphasizing proper tension, stepping over the rope for turns, and limitations / dangers of being roped on steep, exposed terrain. Self-arrest with the axe, a last resort, but an essential skill to know, will also be taught.

After building confidence arresting falls on the seat, climbers will progress to upside-down and backward. Knowing how to stop oneself enables a climber to move without anxiety over hard snow.

How to Register:

Winter Ascent, North Ridge of the Pfeifferhorn

Winter Ascent, North Ridge of the Pfeifferhorn

Photography by Tyson Bradley

Course Details

2024 Dates

March 30, 2024 Saturday
April 13, 2024 Saturday
April 27, 2024 Saturday
May 11, 2024 Saturday


7 am - 3 pm


Salt Lake City, Utah


$239 per person plus tax

UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 2 participants register.



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Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505


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