Camp Highlights

  • season-long avalanche coaching and mentorship program
  • Designed for recreationalists wanting to go beyond the AST2
  • Led by subject specialist and Lead Winter Guide Doug Latimer
  • Doug's avalanche e-book included in your course fee

Dates & price

    •  Nov 16-17, 2019 (classroom), Jan 4-5 & Feb 8-9, 2020 (field)
  • $595 per person

Take your Avalanche Skills to an Advanced Level this Winter

This course has been custom built by the ACC's Lead Winter Guide (and avalanche expert) Doug Latimer and is for those of you who have taken an AST2 course but still want to develop your avalanche skills further. 

While most avalanche courses analyze the snowpack at a specific point in the season, the aim is to get you understanding how conditions develop dynamically over the course of a full winter with a classroom weekend in November, field weekends in January and February and continuous email discussion with your group and guide.

You'll be analyzing the avalanche hazard as it develops week by week, location by location, all with Doug's hands-on coaching and supervision, and a copy of his avalanche e-book included in your course fee.

Camp Objectives

The material covered in this program will take you beyond the AST-2 curriculum. Unlike a professional-level certification, the focus isn’t on snow science. While we’ll discuss snow assessments and their role in the decision-making process, we’re focused on the whole decision-making framework with extensive discussion on the components that influence hazard management and decision-making in avalanche terrain. Some of the topics your guide will discuss include:

  • Current research and industry case studies
  • Your understanding of your own personal development as a backcountry user
  • Your personal risk tolerance
  • Your role in a group or as a leader
  • More detail coming soon!
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 

Weekend 1 (classroom days)

Participants meet at 8:30am in the Heritage Room at the ACC’s Canmore Clubhouse. Curriculum topics which will be covered this day include:

  • Review of the basic principles of avalanche phenomena
  • Advanced snowpack metamorphism – what actually drives change in the snowpack
  • Advanced snow science: snowpack layering, crystal shapes, temperature gradients
  • Advanced trip planning considerations
  • Identifying hazards

Weekend 2 and 3 (field days)

Meeting times, locations and objectives will vary each day but you can guarantee you will be out in the field with your instructor(s), typically either in Kananaskis Country or the Icefields Parkway, making real-life observations and gaining hands-on experience. Curriculum topics which will be covered over these days include:

  • Advanced hazard identification and mitigation
  • Advanced group management & decision making
  • Advanced snowpack observations & snow stability analysis
Our field day will see a maximum participant-to-guide ratio of 8:1 to make for the best possible learning experience.

Evening Sessions
Each evening of the field days, the group will reconvene in the ACC Clubhouse Heritage Room after the opportunity to grab some dinner and a shower - usually around 6.30pm. We will review how the day went, including our observations and how our snow pack analysis compared with our expectations through group discussion. These evening sessions are not mandatory but are highly recommended to get the most out of your course experience.

More detail coming soon!
Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate

Participants must have taken the AST 2 course either through the ACC or another provider. Participants should also have a good amount of backcountry skiing experience, possess intermediate to advanced ski technique and good all round fitness.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

Food is not provided as part of the course. Bring along a packed lunch and some snacks for the field days or pop out for lunch in Canmore on the classroom days.

Accommodation

As this course is offered out of the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore, we welcome all participants to stay with us at our on-site hostel. Located on a high bench overlooking the Three Sisters, Ha Ling and Mount Rundle, this is the most convenient and relaxing place to stay while completing your course. You can reserve your bed for the nights of Nov 16th, Jan 4th and Feb 8th upon registration. If you need additional nights you can also call our reservations team on 403 678 3200 ext. 300.

For full details on the Canmore Clubhouse accommodation click here.

Guiding
Our Lead Ski Guide Doug Latimer oversees all our avalanche training programs. Doug has almost 20 years of experience in teaching AST and other winter instructional courses, as well as ski guiding. He also recently authored his very own avalanche e-book which is included in your course fee. We are extremely excited to have him on board for a second season after rave reviews in 2018/19.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed it and was so impressed with Doug's leadership and direction! Especially blown away by the e-book with embedded videos he used to instruct the course.
  • Doug is a great guide with LOTS of experienced based knowledge. Even if the course was only a conversation about the framework of thinking he has developed over the years of being in the mountains it would have been worth it.
- 2018/19 ACC Avalanche Course Participants -

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more information

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  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  •  6 days of instruction from ACC Lead Winter Guide Doug Latimer
  • Ongoing email support and discussion with Doug through the season
  • Audio-visual avalanche e-book created by Doug Latimer
  • Classroom space at the ACC Clubhouse

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from field locations
  • Accommodation is available at the ACC Clubhouse for an additional $30 per night
  • Meals and lunches
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Doug Latimer

Doug has 20 years of guiding experience behind him as an ACMG ski guide and an ACMG apprentice rock guide. As well as his private guiding he has spent a number of years working for the UoC where he taught a range of instructional programs in avalanche training, crevasse rescue and backcountry ski and ski mountaineering. He also somehow finds time to run a multimedia production company! In 2019, we are excited to announce Doug will be joining us as our on-staff winter guide; the perfect guy to take care of our Intro To, avalanche safety and other ski courses. 


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