Are you leading, or thinking of leading,
Ski Touring trips for the
Alpine Club? Would you like to develop your
with instruction from an ACMG guide? Then read
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
Each student will be required to bring a copy of the "Decision
Making in Avalanche Terrain" fieldbook (available at MEC) as
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
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
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
guide and Past President of the Association of
Mountain Guides. Cyril has received the
Award from both the ACC and the ACMG. In 2013,
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
The cost for the weekend course is $180 but qualifies for the
Required Items to Bring:
Wide skis, boots (AT or telemark), poles, skins, large day
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:
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
Coordinators. Applicants will then be
evaluated by the T&L
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
using the Treasurertandl@ACCCalgary.ca email
forget to also send the e-Transfer password to
the treasurer and
a ***payment confirmation email*** to the trip
Waiver: Everyone attending this event will be required to sign the
at the beginning of the event. Read the waiver carefully to ensure you fully
understand it. If possible, please print and fill it out except for
the signature fields before arriving at the event.
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
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.