Camp Highlights

  • An avalanche course to bridge the gap between AST1 and AST2
  • Stay at Wheeler Hut and explore the epic terrain of Rogers Pass
  • Hands-on coaching and supervision from ACMG ski guides
  • Earn an AvCan Managing Avalanche Terrain certificate 

Dates & price

    2 course dates

    •  Jan 25th - 26th, 2020
    •  Feb 15th - 16th, 2020
    • $375 per person

Take Your Avalanche Safety Skills to the Next Level in Rogers Pass

Taken an AST1 and already learnt the basics of backcountry skiing or splitboarding? But not yet ready for a week-long AST2 course? This course has been developed to bridge the gap and give you the tools needed to start exploring bigger terrain responsibly, independently and above all safely.   

The spectacular and complex terrain of Rogers Pass provides the perfect learning environment. Unlike an AST1, the aim of the course is to actually get you into avalanche terrain, analyzing the snowpack, appraising possible route choices and assessing the surroundings hazards. We also want you to start thinking independently and give you the chance to be up-front, breaking trail, making real-life decisions, all with the supervision, coaching and support of our highly trained and experienced guides. 

And if all that wasn't enough, you can expect two days of great skiing with an overnight stay at the ACC's beautiful Wheeler Hut, as well as formal recognition of your training with a Managing Avalanche Terrain certificate from Avalanche Canada and a copy of the ACC's Winter Backcountry Leader Handbook for future reference material.

Camp Objectives

You’ve already learned to recognize avalanche terrain and been introduced to safe travel technique in your AST-1. Now it's time to practice using those skills in real-life avalanche terrain.  Skills focussed on in the course include:
  • Selecting appropriate terrain based on the avalanche forecast
  • Group management and human factors in avalanche decision-making
  • Hazard evaluation and management
  • How to travel safely through, under, and around various micro-features in the terrain
  • Techniques to reduce exposure time
  • Estimating slope angles and evaluating aspects
  • "Now-casting" and evaluating changing conditions as your day progresses
  • Trip planning considerations

    The course will cover all material required for Avalanche Canada's Managing Avalanche certification, which you'll receive at the end of Day 2. However, structuring the course over a full weekend makes this so much more than a pure avalanche course. We also want to give you the chance to ski some powder and explore a world-class ski destination. And whether it's making your transitions more efficient, tidying up aspects of your powder skiing technique or making recommendations on gear choices, our guides aim to continue your progression into an advanced backcountry skier.
  • Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 

    Day 1
  • Meet at the Rogers Pass Visitor Centre at 8AM sharp (Pacific time).
  • Guides will go over your gear, discuss the day’s objectives, and review paperwork. You’ll also do a check of avalanche safety gear and a quick companion rescue rescue review. Your destination this day will depend on conditions but many groups explore the Connaught Creek area which is nearby and offers the chance to analyze big Rogers Pass avalanche terrain. 
  • You’ll then ski into the Wheeler Hut with overnight gear and cook up an evening meal.
  • Evening workshop: Now that you’ve had a chance to see and ski the area, your guide will lead you on a discussion around trip planning. You’ll discuss possible objectives in the area in a workshop-type format. What are the cruxes and hazards? What kind of a trip is it? What kind of terrain management experience and snowpack evaluation would you need to ski it safely in current conditions?

  • Day 2
  • Early morning start (to be determined by the group with input from your guide); pack up, tuck away your overnight gear, and head out for the day. You can expect as much skiing and coaching as your legs will allow. Guides will encourage participants to step up and break trail, help choose the best line up and down your chosen objective, and apply the safe travel techniques that were discussed on day 1.
  • Debrief with your guide and head home. We'll aim to finish the second day by around 5pm to give everyone the chance to begin their journeys home before nightfall. 
  • Is this Camp For Me?
    Beginner - Intermediate

    This camp is designed for those who recently took up backcountry skiing (or took a break), but it is not designed for complete beginners. You must have completed an AST1, have basic familiarity with your gear and completed 5+ days skiing with a group of your peers and/or taken an Introduction to Backcountry Skiing program through the ACC, or equivalent. An intermediate level of ski experience at a resort is also essential: you must be comfortable on ungroomed blue runs at a mountain resort.

    You will spend almost all day outside (up to 8 hours), sometimes stopping for discussion or breaks. Come prepared for cold weather with warm layers and please ensure you have everything on the gear list. A good level of cardiovascular fitness is also key to allow for access and learning.

    If you have any questions about your suitability for this course, please contact the office.

    Food, Accommodation and Guiding

    Food

    Food is not provided as part of the course. So please bring along lunch and some snacks for both days as well as a dinner for the hut.

    Accommodation

    The course includes overnight accommodation at the Wheeler hut in the heart of Rogers Pass. This perfect location provides convenient access to many great ski lines in the area and translates to less driving time each day and more time spent exploring. With room for 24 people the communal and sleeping areas are spacious and the hut features a propane system which provides the cooking and lighting, with two wood stoves for heating.

    Guiding

    Our dedicated on-staff ski guide Doug Latimer oversees our avalanche and skills programs. Doug has almost 20 years of experience in teaching AST and other winter instructional courses, as well as in developing course materials and ski guiding. We are extremely excited to have him on board for a second season after rave reviews in 2018/19. 

    We want to provide the best possible learning experience and give you maximum opportunity to ask questions. So participant-to-guide ratios will be kept below a maximum of 6:1 on this course.

    • Excellent course, exactly what I was hoping for when I signed up. The instructor was great and the material covered was detailed and comprehensive. Will highly recommend to others in the future.
    - 2019 MAT Course Participant -

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    • 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
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    Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

    • 2 days professional instruction by ACMG certified ski guides 
    • One night stay at the Wheeler Hut
    • Official AvCan Managing Avalanche Terrain certificate
    • Group equipment (first aid, emergency kit etc.)
    • ACC Winter Backcountry Leader Handbook

    Participants Must Provide

    • Transportation to and from the trailheads
    • 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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