ACC Winter Skills

The Alpine Club of Canada is committed to promoting a culture of mountain safety.

We believe that the best way to learn essential backcountry travel skills is through a combination of instruction and mentorship. Our 2017-2018 winter skills offerings are designed to cover a range of essential winter skills, from avalanche hazard evaluation to winter camping and survival. Whether you are an absolute beginner, or starting to take on a leadership role in the backcountry, we have a course for you. Our courses are taught by qualified ACMG guides and instructors. See below for a full course listing, or check out our skill development programs for an intensive progression, designed to take you to the next level.

Course Listing

Winter 2017/2018 Skills Courses

  • November 25-26, 2017
  • December 9-10, 2017
  • December 18-19, 2017
  • January 13-14, 2018
  • February 3-4, 2018
  • February 19-20, 2018
  • March 3-4, 2018

  • January 3-6, 2018
  • January 19-22, 2018
  • February 9-12, 2018
  • March 9-12, 2018

  • January 7-10, 2018
  • March 25-28, 2018

  • December 5-7, 2017
  • December 15-17, 2017
  • January 12-14, 2018

  • December 11-12, 2017
  • January 15-16, 2018
  • March 18-19, 2018

  • December 9-10, 2017
  • March 17-18, 2018

  • December 1-3, 2017
  • January 26-28, 2018

Advanced Rope Skills (Crevasse Rescue)

  • March 3-4, 2018

ACC Leadership Program - Presented by The North Face


Building leadership skills is vital to the continued strength of the ACC at the section (local) level. We empower our volunteers by fine-tuning hard skills while paying particular attention to the softer leadership skills of group dynamics, hazard management and communication. Our leadership program courses are open to amateur leaders in the ACC’s 22 local sections.

Leadership Program Courses

  • Summer Leadership Course (July 29-Aug 5, 2017). A comprehensive leadership course in mountain and glaciated terrain that focuses on leaders’ decision making skills along with hard skills. Based at the ACC’s annual General Mountaineering Camp. 8 days, $995
  • Winter Leadership Course (Feb 10-18, 2017). An intensive, thought-provoking course that will identify and exercise key leadership skills in a winter environment. Based out of the HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre. 8 days, $995