We first did the Spearhead tour as part of our AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides program. It is not uncommon for very fit parties to do the entire traverse in one long day. On this program we spend one night in a tent and one night in a hut, giving us time to enjoy the amazing Spearhead and Fitsimmons Ranges. These two ranges form a horseshoe that runs from Whistler and Blackcomb, where they join at the far end. Most of the tour stays above 2000 meters as we work our way through this very impressive range. The skiing is not overly difficult, but there is a lot of it.
Day 2: One of the bigger days of the tour, this starts by crossing the Decker Glacier, and then the Trorey, Tremor, and finally Platform Glaciers before setting up camp on the Ripsaw ridge at the Platform-Ripsaw Col. In good weather and good conditions there are turns to be had along the way.
Day 3: On this day we turn the bend on the Horseshoe and encounter the crux of the route, usually a short rappel from the MacBeth glacier onto the Iago Glacier. Following this we traverse under the very daunting Overlord Peak, across the Overlord Glacier, and then pass through Fissile Saddle before skiing down to the Russet Lake Hut where we spend the night.
Day 4: On our last day we have the option to ski one of the steeper lines off of Fissile Peak, to tour around the hut, or simply to exit depending on group preference and the weather.
AIARE level 1 Avalanche Course. Although the Spearhead Traverse is not unusually technical, it can be a pretty solid physical experience.