​🧭​🗺️​ White Out Navigation Planning for Backcountry Skiers and Splitboarders - Saturday, Nov 12, 2022

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: Course 
Event Location: Canmore Clubhouse Heritage Room #201 Indian Flats Road Canmore, AB 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Nov 12, 2022 09:00 AM  
Registration Cut Off:   Thursday, Nov 10, 2022 09:00 AM  
Event Duration: 7.5 Hours 
Difficulty Rating:   D1 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Greg Bennett

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, 18 And Older Only  
Attendee Screening:   Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Maximum Group Size: 12
Minimum Group Size: 8
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 1
Number Registered So Far:   13 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


Winter backcountry travel is hazardous! The weather can be unpredictable and change rapidly and before you know it, you are in the white room which is a confusing and dis-orienting experience. 

A true whiteout means that you can’t tell up from down, east from west, or north from south. It’s like being on the inside of a ping pong ball. Combine whiteouts with snow, wind, and cold and even the most experienced mountain adventurer will find winter white out navigation extremely challenging!


This full day course is a mix of theory and practical outdoor experience. You will walk away with the core skills to confidently: 

       👍   Use topo maps to develop a pre-trip white-out navigation and route plans

       👍   Use topo maps to identify UTM coordinates, elevation, elevation change, bearing and guardrails as well as measure distance and slope angle 

       👍   Use your compass to shoot bearings to stay on your route

       👍   Use your compass clinometer to measure slope angle in the field

⭐⭐ PLUS Learn a bonus trick for measuring slope angle with nothing but your ski poles!

Sign up below to be added to this course. Once we have the required number of participants a payment request will be sent!


Are you: 

       ⦿   A backcountry skier, splitboarder or snowshoer

       ⦿   Planning an epic traverse (like the Wapta) 

       ⦿   Planning a trip to Rogers Pass

       ⦿   Planning to take an advanced winter course (like AMP)

       ⦿   Planning to take you Avalanche Safety I or II courses

       ⦿   Planning to join BITS

       ⦿   Looking to build your Backcountry Resume and get on more trips

If so, this course is for you! It will help advance your foundational backcountry skills in preparation for your next winter adventure!


Rod Plasman has lived in the Bow Valley for 30 years and has led a varied life during this time. When he first moved here, he commuted to Calgary and worked in IT. After 5 years he found himself managing the IT Department at the Town Of Banff.

While working full-time in IT, he became very involved with the Alpine Club of Canada at both the National and Section level. His volunteer activities include being on various National and Section Executives, leading summer and winter trips, and managing ski camps. Rod started teaching outdoor skills to other ACC volunteers and discovered that he really enjoyed teaching. He expanded some of these courses and they are now offered to the public as well as ACC members.

Rod is a founder of BIT (Backcountry skiers in Training) program with ACC Rocky Mountain Section. The program has run for 22 years and is highly successful and has been successfully adopted by ACC Calgary and other sections. Rod retired from running the BIT Program after the last season. 


Sign up below to be added to this course. Once we have the required number of participants a payment request will be sent!


WWHEN: November 12, 2022 9:00AM-4:30PM

COORDINATOR: Greg Bennett greg@recrd.ca
INSTRUCTOR: Rod Plasman rod.plasman@shaw.ca

PREREQUISITES: None, except a willingness to learn


COST: $70

PAYMENT: Sign up below to get on to the list. Once we have 8 signups, the coordinator will send out directions to pay.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is being run at cost. As a result, we must have 8 confirmed paying attendees to be able to run this course.

Required Items to Bring:

The following items are required for this course: 

       ⦿   Gemtrek Canmore and Kananaskis Village Map

              •   Can be purchased from ACC National here, or MEC here

       ⦿   Pencil

       ⦿   Notebook

       ⦿   Straightedge

       ⦿   Gear to be outside for part of the afternoon

       ⦿   Bag Lunch

       ⦿   A Compass with the following attributes:

              •   Sighting mirror

              •   Adjustable declination

              •   Clinometer

How to Get There:
Event Directions:  

Meet at the Canmore Clubhouse in the Heritage Room

#201 Indian Flats Road Canmore, AB

Google Maps Link


Payment Options:
  • Coordinator $70.00 CAD
  • Member $70.00 CAD
  • Guest $70.00 CAD
Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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 Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 09:00 AM.