BIT Winter Program 2018 - Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up.
The Basics:
Event Type: Skiing 
Event Location: Nov 16, 2017 - Nicholls Family Library - Subsequent Trips - Location TBA  
Date(s) & Time:   Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 06:15 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017 06:00 PM  
Event Duration: Evening - Nov 16, 2017 -All day - Dec 9, 2017; Jan 20, 2018, Feb 24, 2018, March 24/25, 2018  
Difficulty Rating:   D3 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Brad Bowyer
Alan Fortune
Vi Pickering
Dana Engler
Brad Robinson
Brent Hepfner

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 24
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   27 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


This program is an introduction to skiing in the backcountry. The program includes an evening session to discuss the program and equipment. Following the evening session there will be 4 trips with the intention to progress into more complex terrain. Due to the demands for this program we are expanding the program to 24 participants. Participants will be split into 2 groups once selection has occurred.

The BITS Program is not a skiing instruction program. Participants need to have downhill skiing ability to at least an intermediate.

The requirements are that participants have AST 1 prior to attending the 2nd trip, which is January 20, 2018. The ACC Calgary is offering AST 1 for 8 participants on December 2, and 3, 2017 with priority given to those signed up in the BIT program.

November 16, 2017 Meet at 6:15 to 9:00 p.m. – Nicholls Family Library – 1421 – 33 Street SW (Next to Westbrook Mall – near the entrance to Westbrook C-train) – Everything you need to know to get ready for back country skiing, including gear, equipment, and what to pack. Open to all members.

Dec 1,2,3 AST 1 – 8 people - priority is to those in the BITS program who do not have AST 1 (Sign up for this AST 1 separately)

Session 1 - Dec 9, 2017 Meet at 7:00 am at Shouldice Arena for a trip to Chester lake to practice with gear and view snow and Avalanche conditions – there will also be a quick refresher for searching and rescue practice.

Session 2 - Jan 20, 2018 –Meet at 7:00 am at Shouldice Arena- Location TBA - choices may be Burstall Pass – Chickadee Valley – Taylor Lake, Hidden Lake, Deception Pass, Wolverine Pass/ Purple Bowl, Narro Shoulder, Stanley Glacier, Lillian Lake, Bow Summit, Sherbrooke Lake, Ogden Shoulder, Black Prince, Gypsum Mines, Common Wealth Pass.

Session 3 - Feb 24, 2018- Meet at 7:00 a.m. – Location TBA

Session 4 - Finale and Party March 24/25, 2018 –Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Shouldice Arena and head out to Parkway – Location TBA – Choices may be Crowfoot Pass, Helen Shoulder, Dolomite, Bow Summit – overnight at Mosquito Creek, which includes some year-end BITS celebrations. A catered supper including alcohol will be provided.

Required Items to Bring:
Items to bring will be discussed on gear night on November 22, 2017 - Avi equipment, skis, skins, boots, winter clothing

Recommended Items to Bring:
Items recommended will be discussed on gear night on November 22, 2017 - 6:15 - 9:00 p.m.- sunscreen, camera, thermos, hot shots

How to Get There:
Event Directions:   Registration process:
  1. Sign up for the BIT program;
  2. Complete the application you will be sent once you sign up;
  3. Your application will be reviewed and if you are accepted on the program you will be sent notification of your acceptance via email;
  4. Once accepted you will be asked to send $100 registration fee via etransfer to;
  5. Ensure you provide your name, address, postal code, and password for the etransfer in a separate email to the treasurer.
Carpool Departure Time:  
Carpool Location:   Shouldice Arena - 1515 Home Rd NW Calgary - 7:00 a.m.
Carpool Directions:   Google it!

Date adjustments may occur if weather conditions are an issue.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our participant responsibility guidelines!

ACC Calgary Section Policy is that once accepted into the program and your payment has been made of $100 there is no cancellation. However, if you are able to find a replacement acceptable to the trip leader you can obtain payment from your replacement.
*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 Calgary Section of the ACC is a not for profit club and we only charge attendees what it costs us to provide courses or trips.

Trip Feedback
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Registration for this event closed on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 at 06:00 PM.