Back Country Ski Touring Leadership Weekend with Cyril Shokoples - Saturday, Jan 26, 2019

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.

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The Basics:
Event Type: Course 
Event Location: To be determined 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 07:00 AM  
Registration Cut Off:   Saturday, Jan 12, 2019 12:00 AM  
Event Duration: Two days 
Difficulty Rating:   D2 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):    

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 6
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 6
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   6 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


Back Country Ski Touring Leadership Weekend

Are you leading, or thinking of leading, Ski Touring trips for the Alpine Club? Would you like to develop your leadership skills with instruction from an ACMG guide? Then read on!

This is a two day ski course that takes us into the field to attempt two ski tours in avalanche terrain. This is an opportunity to get out front of a group and lead under the mentorship of an ACMG mountain guide. Participants must be fit and have reasonable ski skills in variable conditions with a pack on. We will undertake the ski tours back to back on Saturday and Sunday. We will practice track setting, pacing, navigation and decision making in avalanche terrain. Trail breaking will be shared between the participants. Each participant will be responsible for researching and planning two trip options prior to the course. These trip plans should include ATES ratings and should consider the current avalanche conditions of the weekend. Each student will be required to bring a copy of the "Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain" fieldbook (available at MEC) as participants will be using it in the pre-trip briefings as well as in the field to facilitate their decision making. It is best that participants already have sound avalanche skills for this course as it assumes folks have companion rescue skills dialled. In fact, it is best if people have already taken an AST 2 course or equivalent, but it is not mandatory providing you have reasonable experience and knowledge.

This course is designed to improve leadership skills and build confidence for those leading Ski Touring ACC trips.


    AST 1 plus experience are absolutely essential; AST 2 highly recommended; must have good ski skills in variable ski conditions with a pack on.

    Day One – Lake Louise area Day Two - Banff, Yoho or Kootenay Park depending upon conditions

Meals and accommodations are the responsibility of participants. It is suggested that participants stay in Lake Louise on Saturday night.

This course is arranged through Rescue Dynamics and is taught by Cyril Shokoples, an internationally certified mountain guide and Past President of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Cyril has received the Distinguished Service Award from both the ACC and the ACMG. In 2013, Cyril was inducted as an honorary member of the ACC. He has taught the ACC's North Face National Leadership Courses for the past 15 years and has a long history of instruction with the Calgary Section.

The cost for the weekend course is $180 but qualifies for the leaders subsidy.

Required Items to Bring:
    Wide skis, boots (AT or telemark), poles, skins, large day pack digital avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe ruler, crystal screen, magnifier, Rutschblock cord Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain Field Book

Recommended Items to Bring:
Appropriate clothing for a variety of weather conditions that might be encountered.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:   To be provided to accepted registrants  

As this course is focused on existing/aspiring ski touring leaders, those interested in attending must register and will then be sent an application form to complete and return to the Trip Coordinators. Applicants will then be evaluated by the T&L committee and selected based on information from the applications. Upon being accepted and moved from the wait list, participants must pay the full course fee and should send an INTERAC e-Transfer to the ACC Treasurer using the email address.
Don't forget to also send the e-Transfer password to the treasurer and a ***payment confirmation email*** to the trip coordinators.

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

This course will be by application and then once approved to attend it is based on who can deliver their cheque/cash first. Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal with a full refund is available 2 weeks before, ONLY if qualified participant from waiting list is available. No date changes, withdrawals or refunds 1 week before the course starts.
*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.

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Registration for this event closed on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 12:00 AM.