Ski Leadership - A How To (Mentoring Day) - Saturday, Jan 15, 2022

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The Basics:
Event Type: Skiing 
Event Location: TBD 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Jan 15, 2022 06:00 AM (Carpool Departure: 06:00 AM @ Winsport, parking along road.)  
Registration Cut Off:   Saturday, Jan 15, 2022 04:39 PM  
Event Duration: 1 Day 
Trip Coordinator(s):   Tyler Hallman

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, 13 And Older Only  
Attendee Screening:   Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Maximum Group Size: 10
Maximum No. Guests: 3
Number Registered So Far:   7 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


This event is for aspiring ski touring leaders, or those who are new to leading trips.  Experienced trip leaders who want a refresher or want to pass on some of their knowledge to the next generation of leaders are also welcome.  Everyone is welcome to attend provided you have sufficient downhill ability and fitness level.

This will hopefully be the first event in a series.  The first event will be a “how to lead ski touring events”, and “what not to do”.  Future events will be more focused on putting you in the driver seat.  Topics for discussion throughout the day:

Picking a good tour


Pre-trip meeting

Morning Briefing

Group Gear

Travel timing



Track setting

Uphill group management

Gathering avalanche hazard data

Gathering weather data

Decision Points

Note taking

Break locations

Downhill group management

Good downhill technique

First and Last 15 min



I am by no means the authority on leading ski tours.  But I will try to tell you what I know, and we can learn together.

You should be capable of skiing black diamond terrain (comfortably), and doing vertical of between 1000 and 1500m at a moderate pace.  If we haven’t skied together before, please send me brief note detailing your downhill ability, fitness level, and experience.  If you like a form can be found at LINK TO FORM.

I can be reached at or by phone at 403-607-7125.

Required Items to Bring:

Avaluator card

Ski touring gear

Some group gear (let’s coordinate so we all don’t carry everything): communication device, radios, tarp, first aid kit, repair kit, matches, multi-tool, ski straps, map, compass, GAIA or other offline topo map gps for your phone.

How to Get There:
Carpool Departure Time:   06:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Winsport, parking along road.
Carpool Directions:  

Pin for car pool location:


Risk Tolerance: We will stay within the yellow region of the Avaluator during our tour.

I can’t teach you everything.  As part of this series I highly recommend doing the following reading:

o   Calgary Section Handbook

o   ACC Winter Leadership Handbook,

o   Avalanche Canada Online Tutorial,

o   Bruce Tremper - Staying Alive,

o   Managing Avalanche Problems

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Registration for this event closed on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 04:39 PM.