AMP-2 in Rogers Pass: Ski Route Selection & En-route Assessments - Friday, Feb 07, 2020
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Rogers Pass, based out of Wheeler Hut
Date(s) & Time:
Friday, Feb 07, 2020
(Carpool Departure: 06:30 AM @ Wayne’s house at 189 Patterson Hill SW (a little east of Calgary Olympic Park and off of Old Banff Coach Road))
This event is part of the Alpine Mentorship Program (AMP) organized by ACC Calgary jointly with ACMG Guide Brent Peters (peakstratagem.com).
It is an AMP level-2 event for intermediate level backcountry skiers wanting to accelerate their learning towards more confidently skiing interesting objectives in complex terrain.
Hosted in Rogers Pass, we will ski for three days (Friday, Feb 7 to Sunday, Feb 9) with our professional guide and mentor. Friday and Saturday nights we overnight at Wheeler Hut.
"Can we ski that fabulous looking ski line!? Today?"
We will practice trip planning: assessment of avalanche conditions, selection of ski objectives and the general route. In the field we will learn about en-route snow pack assessment, micro-terrain selection, up-track setting, identification and selection of ski lines, and group management on the up and down tracks. We will improve our terrain management abilities.
Participants will have opportunities to lead the party so that the guide can offer feedback targeted learning geared to the students’ abilities and skill set. In the evenings we will review what was learnt during the day and plan objectives for the next day.
Participants can expect to leave this mentorship event with an improved ability to make structured and informed route selection decisions and to be more self-sufficient in big mountain terrain.
This is an AMP level-2 event so participants are required to have AST-1 training as a minimum and at least 10 days of backcountry skiing experience.
You should be able to ski diamond runs at the resort and variable conditions in the backcountry (very likely in deep powder!). Be assured that our skiing need not be particularly fast or pretty on the up-track or down-track; we are out to learn, observe and have fun.
Olympian athletes are welcome, but seriously, a moderately easy up-track rate of 200-250 v-m/h is all that is expected. Our biggest day may be something like the ascent of 8812 Bowl (about 6 km and 1200 m up) in the Connaught drainage area, for assessment of big terrain and fabulously interesting ski lines. No glacier travel is planned.
Daylight time in Rogers Pass in early February is from about 7:15 am to 5:00 pm; about 10 hours. So even at a leisurely pace, we may still go high! Please come prepared with your own route selection ideas based on avalanche conditions, guide book assessments, maps and your longing desires. For example, for photos of possible routes check out the Rogers Pass Terrain Atlas (at
We will ski three (3) days with a 6:30 am departure on Friday from Calgary for the 3.5 hour drive to the Pass. We’ll get to start skinning into big terrain on Friday before 11:00 am Calgary time (10:00 am Rogers Pass time). On the Sunday, likely just before sunset, we will depart for our return to Calgary.
Note that the Wheeler Hut is only about a 1 km skin-in with negligible elevation gain from the parking lot, so it is not very far from the cars.
Party size will actually be up to 8; our Mountain Guide, Brent, Assistant Guide and Tail-Gunner, Vicki, and us 6 Participants or, if you will, us 6 Students.
Cost for this AMP event is $410 which includes our professional mountain guide and hut bookings. To sign up:
● Put your name on the waiting list.
● Email a brief summary of your safety training and ski-touring experience to the trip coordinator, Wayne Gilraine at Wayne.Gilraine@DeltaCascade.com (this is not necessary if it is already shown in your club on-line profile).
● The trip coordinator will send you an email if you are approved for attendance.
● Within 2 days of receiving the approval of attendance email, please send payment by clicking the "Buy Now button" below and following the instructions; You do not need a PayPal account as you can pay with a credit card.
● Once you have paid, take a screenshot of the receipt that PayPal displays and send it to the trip coordinator who will then put you on the event attendee list.
If you have any questions or suggestions please contact the trip coordinator, Wayne Gilraine, at 403-863-9366 or at Wayne.Gilraine@DeltaCascade.com. Thank you!
Required Items to Bring:
Transceiver (digital 3 antennas), snow shovel, probe, ski touring or split boarding gear, sunglasses/ski goggles, headlamp (extra spare batteries), warm clothing and food for 3 days and your hut overnight gear (sleeping bag, personal items, etc). What you will not need is sleeping pad or thermarest, cooking utensils, stoves and fuel as these items are provided in the Wheeler Hut.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Bring extra clothing and any required personal items (eg: ear plugs, etc), and that big beautiful smile.
There may be an option for a group meal with the Powder Review party on Saturday night; we will keep you apprised.
How to Get There:
Rogers Pass parking location is shown at the following link:
Wheeler Hut is about a 1 km skin-in on flat terrain mostly along the abandoned railroad track, as shown in the following link:
Carpool Departure Time:
Wayne’s house at 189 Patterson Hill SW (a little east of Calgary Olympic Park and off of Old Banff Coach Road)
See the link at:
The Powder Review event is also hosted at the Wheeler Hut that weekend. There may be opportunity for our party to join in on Powder Review evening festivities if we wish, such as a Saturday evening group dinner or whatever, in which case there may be an additional small cost. We will see what may develop and keep you posted.
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There can be no refund for cancellations, although you may designate a replacement party member if that person meets the participation requirements.
Courses will run regardless of weather unless the guide deems conditions unsafe in which case a back-up 'Plan-B' may be executed, at the guide's discretion.
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Registration for this event closed on Tuesday, January 07, 2020 at 10:00 PM.