Join an ACMG ski guide from MTN Guiding for three days of improving your experience and skills in the 'field' we call the mountainous Canadian Rockies. This is a great progression for skiers looking for experience in managing expert backcountry terrain.
Day 1-3: Various tours in Banff and/or K-Country
-How to get direct snowpack data in technical terrain.
-Trip planning review and practice.
-Is the Avalanche Bulletin your best information?
-On the fly conditions checks. Signs of instability/red flags.
-Identifying features which increase or decrease avalanche risk.
-Identifying historical avalanche paths.
-How to manage overhead hazard. When to space and how.
-Uptracks that balance efficiency and hazard. Lots of practice
-Bootpacking and how it changes hazards.
-Analysing and managing steep terrain on descent. Identifying safe spots and cruxes.
-Ski techniques to increase safety. Sluff management.
-Cornice and steep entrance management including ski cutting.
-Rescue practice and on-going discussions of how to organize group safety in technical terrain.
-Studying how couloirs and other features affect the snowpack.