Beginner - Intermediate
This camp is designed for those who have minimal backcountry experience, but it is not designed for complete beginners. You should have basic familiarity with your gear (5+ days skiing with a group of your peers, have taken the Introduction to Backcountry Skiing program through the ACC, or equivalent). An intermediate level of ski experience at a resort is essential: you must be comfortable on ungroomed blue runs at a mountain resort (Lake Louise blue runs, not prairie ski hill blue runs!).
The AST-1 course is REQUIRED on this course. We offer several dates throughout the season, usually right before this course, if you haven’t taken it yet.
You will spend almost all day outside (up to 8 hours), sometimes stopped for discussion or breaks. Come prepared for cold weather with warm layers: please read the gear list carefully, and make sure you have everything. Fitness is a key component to backcountry travel. It is imperative that you have a basic level of fitness to allow for access and learning.
If you have any questions about your suitability for this course, please contact the office. If you are unable to go on the course, we will try to provide suggestions about options to improve either ski technique, fitness, or recommend a different program for you.