2023-2024 BITS Progam Program - Registration Info (NOT A TRIP) - Saturday, Dec 02, 2023

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: TBD 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Dec 02, 2023 08:00 AM  
Registration Cut Off:   Friday, Dec 01, 2023 11:59 PM  
Event Duration: December 2023 - March 2024 
Difficulty Rating:   D1 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Kate Snedeker
Dan Doll

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 70
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 0
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   40 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No




Backcountry Intro to Skiing/Splitboarding (BITS) - 2023/2024 Program

Registration/Application/Payment Deadline: December 1, 2023

This is the central sign up for the BITS Program, the ACC Calgary Section’s introduction to backcountry skiing (BITS) program. It is NOT a separate trip (just a placeholder) – you need to sign up here to join the program.  BITS trips will be posted by the coordinator and participants will be assigned to a group for each trip.   For the December sessions, participants can place themselves on the wait list for their preferred session and will be moved to registered once they have paid.

BITS is a volunteer/peer-led mentoring program consisting of an online introductory online classroom session followed by a series of beginner focused ski tours designed to help you progress as a backcountry skier. It includes learning about terrain, avalanche safety, trip planning, gear and other relevant skills. And a chance to enjoy our wonderful backcountry! Upon completion of the program participants should feel capable of attending a variety of easy and moderate ski trips with the ACC Calgary section. It is open to all adult Calgary section members 19 and older.

If you have questions about the program, the prerequisites and/or how to register, we will be running online sessions October 30 and November 9. We strongly encourage those who have not done the program before to attend one the sessions.

The program will consist of an 2-2.5 hr online session that (Dec 4 or Dec 14), and three weekend one-day trips. There will be two blocks of ski trips (one Saturdays, one Sundays) - you can indicate your availability and preference on the application form.

Block A (Saturdays): Jan 6, Jan 27, March 2)

Block B (Sundays): Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 3)

March 9 and 10 will the designated make up days if a session has to be cancelled due to weather and/or avy conditions.

BITS is NOT a learn to ski program, nor AST1. Participants must have solid intermediate ski skills at the resort (i.e. be comfortable skiing a blue run in all conditions), and - if at all possible - have completed AST1 before the first trip.   If AST1 may be an issue, please contact the organizers before signing up – exceptions may be made for the first trip. You are encouraged to book your AST1 course as soon as possible.  You can look at avalanche.ca for listings of providers/courses, or contact the BITS coordinator for info (kgsneds@mac.com). You also need to be fit – able to do a moderate 10km hike with a pack.

You must be an ACC Calgary section member to register.  If you are not yet an ACC member or need to add Calgary section membership, you need to apply via the ACC national website.  Once the section receives your registration confirmation from national, your calendar access will be activated.  This can take a few days, so be sure to leave time in the application process if applicable.  Note that since this program is 19+, you need to have your age indicated in your account info to apply -- you can update/add your age by updating your account info at the top of the page.

Please ensure that you have your profile activated in the ACC national's new membership software (you should have gotten an email last May - if not, please contact ACC national membership).  This ensures that you have signed the new online waiver and accepted the new Code of Conduct.  We will expect all participants and leaders to abide by the Code of Conduct.


There is $50 fee for the program; these funds enable us to provide our leaders and helpers with small subsidies to help with courses to improve their first aid/leadership/avalanche safety skills.  Payment can be made via Paypal.  The calendar now automatically notifies us of payment, so no need to send a copy of your receipt, but keep the receipt just in case of any IT glitches.

Application Process

Application: https://forms.gle/TcqtZNVBdvxChg8M6
Note that capacity is limited by the number of leaders -- applicants are encouraged to submit their registration as early as possible to ensure a space.

Registration/Application/Payment Deadline: December 1, 2023

1) Sign up here to be placed on the wait list
2) Fill out the application form - should be submitted via Google Forms and register for one of the two online sessions
3) When you receive the notification that you have been approved, submit your payment to link at the bottom of the page  (see above note)
4) Once your application and payment are received, you will be moved onto the “go” list

5) You will be placed on individual trips by the organizer. If you cannot make a specific trip, you must remove yourself from the trip and e-mail the organizer to let them know.  
6) Trip leaders will communicate with participants to confirm trip locations/times. Participants are responsible for letting the trip leader know ASAP if they cannot make a trip and must withdraw themselves from any trips they cannot make.
7) Have fun!

Everyone who wishes to participate in the program must submit a FULLY COMPLETED application, which can be found here: 

Application: https://forms.gle/TcqtZNVBdvxChg8M6

The application will be used to group participants into similar abilities for the ski tours.

Please read and be aware of the risks listed below (Additional Info) related to field days in the backcountry.

Required Items to Bring:

Info at info session & online session

Recommended Items to Bring:

Info at info session & online session

Backcountry Skiing

·       Avalanche

·       "Avalanches can occur in the terrain in which we operate and can be caused by natural forces, or by people travelling through the terrain (e.g. skiing/snowboarding).

What are the risks? Anyone caught in an avalanche is at risk of personal injury, death, and/or property damage or loss."


·       Terrain

·       Cornice fall

·       Crevasses

·       Cliffs

·       Trees, tree wells, forest deadfall, and tree stumps

·       Creeks

·       Rocks and Boulders

·       Holes and depressions below the snow surface

·       Variable and difficult snow conditions

·       Snowcat roads and road banks

·       Fences and other manmade structures

·       Snow immersion

·       Impact or collision with other persons vehicles or objects

·       Encounters with domestic or wild animals

·       Loss of balance or control

·       Slips trips and falls

·       Becoming lost or separated from one’s group


·       Communication, rescue and medical treatment

·       Communication can be difficult and in the event of an accident rescue and treatment may not be available

·       Adverse weather may also delay the arrival of treatment and transport out of the field

·       If an Injury occurs in challenging terrain movement to an evacuation point may be slow


·       Boots and binding systems

·       Even when set up correctly, a ski binding might not release during every fall or may release unexpectedly. The ski boot/binding system is no guarantee that the skier will not be injured.  Non-DIN-certified bindings, such as pin/tech bindings, present a higher risk of pre-release and/or injury as they are not designed to the same safety standards as a DIN-certified alpine binding.

·       Unlike alpine ski boot/binding systems, snowboard and some telemark boot/binding systems are not designed or intended to release and will not release under normal circumstances.  Using such a system increases the risk of injury and/or death when caught in an avalanche.


·       Other

·      Slips, trips and falls both outdoors and indoors

·      Infectious disease contracted through viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi which may be transmitted through direct or indirect contact

·      Equipment failure

·      Negligent first aid

Payment Options:
  • Member $50.00 CAD
Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our participant responsibility guidelines!

Refunds will not be available once the program has started.

*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.

Trip Feedback
If you have any feedback, positive or negative, concerning this trip or any other, we want to hear from you!
Click here to be directed to our "Contact Us" page and contact the appropriate Chair person or the Section Chair. This is also a simple way to make your section executive aware of any praises, suggestions or problems you may have with any area of the Calgary Section of the ACC.
Thank you for your response.

Registration for this event closed on Friday, December 01, 2023 at 11:59 PM.