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MOUNTAIN SAFETY COURSES

COMPANION RESCUE
AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING 1
AST 1 BONUS SKI TOURING DAY
AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING 2
GLACIER TRAVEL/CREVASSE RESCUE
UP TRACKING

The key to being safe and having long lifetime of adventure in the mountains is to never stop learning.  It is very hard to stay current and practice safety skills with your friends instead of going skiing.  That's all fine until an accident occurs and stress sets in.  Backcountry skiing is only worth it if you return to your families at the end of the day.  Learn from our wealth of experience to make good decisions and avoid accidents all together.  Backcountry skiing is not risk free and comes with many hazards to mitigate in order to be safe.  The courses listed below will prepare you to be ready should an unfortunate accident occur in the mountains.

Choose from our courses listed below to get you prepared for a safe fun ski touring season.  Our group sizes are purposely kept to a maximum group size of four people for increased mentorship and a quality learning experience with each course.  

 
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AVALANCHE  SAFETY COURSES

 
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COMPANION RESCUE

November 23, 2022
November 24, 2022
November 30, 2022
December 1, 2022

An excellent recurrent training course designed to refresh your skills and get your head back in the game at the start of a new ski season.  Be prepared for when the unexpected occurs.  This intense one day course in a small group setting is a great opportunity to learn what to do should an avalanche or injury occur.  


Starting with a missing skier scenario we then go to a tree-well rescue site to discuss extraction techniques for when friends are found missing while tree skiing.  Rescue toboggans and essential equipment for medical emergencies will then be covered.  Preparing a site for a Helicopter to land and considerations to think of when dealing with Helicopters is also taught on this course.  

We then shift to the Avalanche accident scenario focusing on the latest techniques used when an avalanche burial occurs.  Coaching and feedback on your Transceiver skills, Shovelling, Probing techniques is a highly valuable part of this course.  For the remainder of the day we will cycle through as many scenarios as possible so that everyone has had a chance to lead a rescue and perform each scenario.  

Be ready this winter and know what to do if your friends are caught in an avalanche.

Cost = $145/person taxes included

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 4 PEOPLE

 

AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING 1

November 26/27, 2022
December 3/4, 2022
December 10/11, 2022
December 17/18, 2022

Avalanche Skills Training 1 is designed to give you all of the tools that you need to begin the never ending learning process of recreating safely in Avalanche terrain.  This course consists of a six hour online learning course and two full days spent in Rogers Pass.  


Most operators only have one hands on field day in their AST 1 Courses.   We are offering two field days to get you better prepared for a season of backcountry skiing plus a six hour online course to be done at your own pace.  


If you are new to Backcountry Skiing or simply want to dust the cobwebs off of your Avalanche knowledge and Safety Skills at the beginning of the winter then this is the course for you.  Avalanche theory, understanding Avalanche Forecasts, Snow stability tests, and Companion Rescue techniques are all covered in this course.

Most courses will be held in Glacier National Park in between Revelstoke and Golden, BC.  

Cost = $285/person taxes included

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 6 PEOPLE

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AST 1 BONUS SKI TOURING DAY

Let's go skiing!

Apply what you have learned in your AST 1 Course to a practical day of ski touring.  This bonus day of backcountry skiing will help you further enforce what you have learned in your AST 1 training to a realistic day of powder skiing.  This is a great way to learn more safe routes and places to go ski touring around Revelstoke's backcountry, so you can then feel comfortable going out on your own. 

Route selection, terrain choices and avalanche hazard mitigation will all be discussed while going ski touring all day.  Up tracking mentorship, safe downhill techniques and more companion rescue scenarios will all be done, to get you ready to rip as a backcountry rider.

    

This extra day is a great way to connect with more people and learn more of the many places to go ski touring in Revelstoke's Backcountry or Glacier National Park.  We'll get you set to go out with your friends and make good decisions.  

November 28, 2022

December 5, 2022

December 12, 2022

Cost = $145/person taxes included

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 6 PEOPLE

 
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AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING 2

December 17 - 20, 2022

January 2-5, 2023

Avalanche Skills Training 2 is a four day course about developing your decision making tools as a backcountry skier.  In this course you will be exposed to hazards and learn how to mitigate them.  Students will take turns each day leading the group under Johns supervision as he offers mentorship with your route finding and terrain assessment skills.  Up tracking skills and techniques are also covered in this course.

With a small group setting of only four participants everyone will have ample opportunity to lead the group under the supervision of a fully certified ACMG Guide and Avalanche Professional with the Canadian Avalanche association.  Our guides have years of experience backcountry skiing in all types of terrain and mountain ranges not only in Canada but throughout the world.  

As we travel through various types of terrain we will discuss where accidents can occur and learn from mistakes made in the past.  Learning the latest snow tests and when/where to get the most important information for reducing risk will be a daily exercise on this course.

Each day we will have rescue exercises so that by the end of the course you will be confident in your skills in companion rescue scenarios should an avalanche occur.  This course is the perfect foundation for you to start the never ending learning process of recreating in avalanche terrain.  If conditions allow Glacier Travel techniques will also be taught on this course  

Group sizes are kept to a minimum for increased learning and mentorship during the course.  Most courses will be held in Rogers Pass in between Revelstoke and Golden, BC.

Cost = $685/person taxes included

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 4 PEOPLE

 

ADVANCED
CREVASSE RESCUE /
GLACIER TRAVEL

December 13-15, 2022
January 6-8, 2023

This three day Course is completely hands on and will set you up with everything you need to know for Crevasse Rescue.  No prior knowledge of roped mechanical advantage systems or Glacier travel is required for participation in this course.  By the end of the course though, we will have everyone understanding the systems enough to pull the instructors out of a Crevasse.  


Roped Glacier travel, rappelling/ascending ropes, snow anchor building, zee pulley, and mechanical advantage raising and lowering systems are all covered in this course.  We keep participant numbers to a minimum to allow for proper instructor mentorship and a better learning environment for these systems. 

Two days are spent learning the systems in snow and the third day is spent focusing on Glacier Travel techniques on Glaciers.  This course also comes with a complimentary document containing Glacier Theory, key considerations to think about for glacier travel, photos and the step by step process of Crevasse Rescue.  

Cost = $475/person tax included

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 4 PEOPLE

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UP TRACKING

December 7-8, 2022
December 28-29, 2022

We make a living off of our up tracks.  Learn from our full time ACMG Ski Touring Guides on how to set yours.


Efficient up tracks are essential to being able to consistently ski 2000m+ days of backcountry ski touring.  Ever get cold at a col or summit while friends are falling backwards or having problems with skins falling off?  It could be your up track. If you are thinking about becoming a Guide, doing your Exam this winter or are often the trail breaker in your crew of friends, then this course is for you.  


We are continually disappointed in the up tracks that we see out there.  Learn from our years of ski touring experience to set the most efficient up track given the terrain and the best ways of mitigating the hazards encountered along the way.  

Group size is kept to a maximum of three people so everyone has ample time leading the group.  This course will most likely be held in Glacier National Park or Rogers Pass.  A perfect place to observe other up tracks and see better ways of setting the most efficient one.  

Remember only you can prevent terrible up tracks!


Cost = $375/person tax included

MAX PARTICIPANTS = 3 PEOPLE

 
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