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:   2 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No


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.


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

*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 Rocky Mountain 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 Monday, March 20, 2023 at 12:00 AM.