Ski Mountaineering Amp Level 1 & 2 - Friday, Mar 29, 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.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up.
The Basics:
Event Type: Skiing 
Event Location: Lake Louise Hostel, Bow Valley, Icefields Parkway 
Date(s) & Time:   Friday, Mar 29, 2019 07:30 PM (Carpool Departure: 05:00 PM @ Our Lady of the Assumption School)  
Registration Cut Off:   Sunday, Mar 24, 2019 06:00 PM  
Event Duration: 2.5 days 
Difficulty Rating:   D2 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Karen Fox
Ryan Fox
Lida Frydrychova

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


Cost for this event is $335 per person and includes a planning evening with the guide on Friday evening, two full days of skiing, and two nights at the Lake Louise Hostel.

March 29th Evening

5:00 - 7:00 pm - Drive to Lake Louise Hostel

7:30 - 10:00 pm - Planning and gear check for next day's avalanche conditions and objective

March 30 & 31 - Two full ski days and planning evening on March 30

This mentorship event is part of the AMP (Alpine mentorship) program organized by the ACC Calgary Alpine Chair jointly with ACMG Guide PRent Peters.  Brent will be the guide for this event.  For level 1 & 2 participants the expectation is that you have done several backcountry ski trips, know how to ski down moderate terrain including steeper slopes and gladed terrain, and are comfortable and efficient with your gear.  You have also completed AST 1.

The focus for this event will be on looking carefully at the snow, avalanche, and weather conditions, and using the information to seledt, plan, and lead alpine objectives that will maximize our fun and minimize risk and exposure.  One day might also be spent on a glacier, therefore you need to have basic crevasse rescue skills.

Because the focus of the event is to select the appropriate objective and make a plan for the day, we will be meeting on Friday evening in Lake Louise to build an adequate plan for Saturday.

After Saturday's outing we wil review the day and repeat for Sunday's trip.

Because of the nature of the event, objectives won't be decided on until Friday, but they will be in the Bow Valley or Icefields Parkway aread, and we will focus on a significant alpine objective, conditions permitting.

Participants should be fit enough for a 1000 - 1500m day on either Saturday or Sunday, and a slightly smaller day the other day.

Carpooling from Calgary or Canmore will be arranged by the co-ordinator.

The club ropes for this event will also be arranged by the co-ordinator.

To sign up for this event:

  • Put your name on the waiting list
  • Email your experience to Ryan Fox (foxycanuck@g He will tell you if you are accepted or not
  • Once accepted, send an e-Transfer payment to the Treasurer at treasu  This payment must be made within 7 days of being accepted.  If you don't pay, we will move onto screening the next participant and you are moved to the bottom of the line.
  • When you send your payment, also send to treasu the following information: Name, Full address including postal code, phone number, email, course/event title and date, Trip Leader/Coordinator, and the password to accept payment.
  • Email the e-Transfer evidence to the trip coordinator, Ryan Fox (foxycanuck@g  Once I have confirmation that you have paid, I will move you from the waiting to the attendee list.
Required Items to Bring:
  • Personal ski/splitboard setup
  • Field notebook
  • Compass
  • Beacon, probe, shovel, helmet
  • Harness
  • Crevasse rescue gear (Belay Device with Locking Carabiner, 2 additional Locking Carabiners, Anchor Sling (120cm) w 2 non- locking and 2 locking carabiners, 2x 5mm 10kN accessory cord, 1x 2m 10kN accessory cord*, non-locking carabiner).

Bedding is provided by the hostel.  The club will provide ropes as needed.  


Recommended Items to Bring:

Bring any topo maps or guidebooks you have for the Bow Valley/Hwy 1 corridor.  Digital devices such as a phone for accessing weather reports, or for navigation purposes will also be useful.  Please come with a few objectives in mind we can discuss and evaluate.  Emergency beacons such as an Inreach or Spot are also welcome.  

How to Get There:
Event Directions:   Highway 1 West to Lake Louise, HI Hostel  
Carpool Departure Time:   05:00 PM
Carpool Location:   Our Lady of the Assumption School
Carpool Directions:   7311 34 Ave NW, Calgary, AB

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

Please review our participant responsibility guidelines!

*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 Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 06:00 PM.