Improving avalanche skills in steep terrain - Friday, Mar 24, 2023

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The Basics:
Event Type: Course 
Event Location: Canadian Rockies, based out of Banff/Canmore 
Event Starts:   Friday, Mar 24, 2023 08:00 AM  
Event Ends:   Sunday, Mar 26, 2023 05:00 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Monday, Mar 20, 2023 12:00 AM  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Peter DuBeau
 

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Maximum Group Size: 6
Number Registered So Far:   0 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No

Itinerary:

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.

Notes:

Some examples from previous locations:  Dogleg Couloir, Flower Couloir, Crowfeeder Couloir, Popes Peak col, Cirque Sub-Peak 

Some feedback:  "I would highly recommend running the course again. I would even consider doing it again next year."  

"We really appreciated how you customized the trips & training to our skill level. I think that you nailed the proper level of adventure - I felt like I got to explore some new ideas and terrain but always felt very safe & supported. Glad that you didn't just go over typical avalanche scenarios, and rather really tuned up our practices."

 "I wanted to take the time to let you know how much I enjoyed it. The group participants were absolutely fantastic as was our guide Scott. The course was well organized, informative, interesting and exciting. I cannot find enough words to express my gratitude to you and your club for organizing it. I have been looking for this kind of course for a long time. I decided to become a member of your chapter (even though I live in Penticton, BC) in the hope of taking more courses and promoting them to my friends."



Payment Options:
  • Coordinator $250.00 CAD
  • Member $500.00 CAD


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