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You can build an igloo and spend a night in it with this Vancouver-based group

DH Vancouver Staff Feb 16, 2018 1:57 pm 1,307

If you’re looking for a “true-north” Canadian winter experience, an outdoor association based in North Vancouver may have just what you’re looking for.

That association is the Canada West Mountain School (CWMS) and they are offering a two-day winter camping course, taking place this March.

According to the CWMS, the course is an “excellent and fun” introduction to winter camping.

Participants will have the chance to “spend the night in an Igloo or a snow cave,” and learn all the skills needed to survive the cold winter wether while hunkering down in the Great Outdoors during the coldest months of the year.


Canada West Mountain School igloo building.

The course is also an excellent way to prepare for any larger mountaineering expedition that requires extensive winter camping, said the CWMS.

Skis or snowshoes can be used on the course as well.

For those interested in taking part, registration for the two-day course is $265, which includes professional instruction directly from certified guides, use of tents, instruction manuals and the use of an avalanche beacon, probe, shovel, and snow saw.

Although no previous avalanche training is required for this course, prerequisites for the course include basic skiing or snowshoeing experience, as well as previous summer overnight backpacking and camping experience.

Whoever said camping was a summer-only sport?

Canada West Mountain School Winter Camping

When: March 10 and 11, March 24 and 25

Where: Begins at CWMS headquarters, 240-400 Brooksbank Avenue – West Vancouver

Cost: $265 / person

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