Youth and Family Intro to Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding w Erica Roles - Sunday, Dec 06, 2020

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The Basics:
Event Type: Course 
Event Location: K-Country or near Canmore/Banff (TBD based on snow conditions) 
Date(s) & Time:   Sunday, Dec 06, 2020 08:00 AM  
Registration Cut Off:   Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 09:00 PM  
Event Duration: 1 Day 
Difficulty Rating:   D1 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Ken Chatel

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, All Ages Welcome  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 8
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   8 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No

Dates:Sunday December 6, 8.00 AM-6.00pm
Cost:$136.25 (this includes tax) for one day of instruction in the field for each participant (participant 1=Youth, participant 2=Guardian)

Course Content:
This one-day course is designed for parents and their kids who already have some downhill skiing/snowboarding experience but are interested in safely venturing out into our beautiful backcountry. This is the first of 3 courses that will build on each other throughout the winter.

This course will introduce the concepts of safe travel (ski-touring or split-boarding) in the backcountry - how to use the avalanche rescue equipment & perform a rescue, how to use the touring equipment efficiently, basic avalanche terrain evaluation and decision making. This will not replace a formal avalanche course such as the AST1 but will provide the basic concepts and techniques.

Perfect for kids and their parents so both parties know how to make good decisions in the backcountry!

This course will be followed by a day trip in February (plan A: powder skiing) and a possible Bow Hut (Wapta trip) at the end of March where we will learn safe glacier travel techniques.

This course will be lead by Erica Roles, a fully certified ACMG guide and the mother of a young girl.


No previous backcountry experience is necessary for this course. But you must have some downhill skiing/snowboarding experience.

This course is designed for youth 12-18 with a guardian.
Required Items to Bring:
Avalanche rescue equipment - transceiver/shovel/probe
Touring equipment - skis or split-board with touring bindings, skins, poles and touring boots. All available to rent from U of C, GearUp or MEC.
Appropriate clothing for both moving and standing around in the winter and a backpack to carry everything for the day (clothes, equipment, food/water) - min 30L.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:   Erica to provide more information to those selected for the course.  

It is a first paid - first on the course registration. The course fee is $136.25 (for each youth and each guardian) which includes taxes.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Registration for this event closed on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 09:00 PM.