Camp Highlights

  • Our flagship leadership program for Section trip leaders
  • A totally revamped format for 2020
  • Based out of the spectacular Fairy Meadow Hut
  • Heavily subsidized by the ACC 

Dates & price

  •  Jan 25th - Feb 1st, 2020
  •  $1,150 per person 

The North Face support our leadership program and we thank them for their assistance.

Our Flagship Leadership Program - Now Based out of our Premier Winter Backcountry Hut

The ACC's winter leadership camp gives Section trip leaders advanced, heavily subsidized, training to become better mountain leaders and give back to their Sections. This year we're making the camp bigger and better than ever before, with three full ACMG guides, an exclusive booking at the ACC's renowned Fairy Meadow Hut, chef-prepared food, five more participant spaces, and a revamped training program.

Situated in the Adamant Range of the Selkirk Mountains, this destination was named “THE backcountry ski destination in Canada” by none other than legendary backcountry skier Chic Scott and was recently ranked the fourth best ski hut in all of North America by this blog. There's no better place to take your skills and leadership to the next level. 

The only catch? Given the additional cost, these camps will now only take place once every two years (albeit with an increased capacity). So whether you're an existing or aspiring Section trip leader, now is the time to apply to the ACC's flagship leadership program and learn the skills to give back to your local mountain community.

Camp Objectives

The course will cover a broad range of hard and soft leadership skills with the focus on the following:
• Planning and management of ski touring trips on non-glaciated terrain
• Avalanche terrain evaluation
• Snowpack and stability evaluation and tests
• Use of bulletins, forecasts, the ATES scale, the Avaluator 2 and a formal process in decision making
• Route finding, track setting and decision making in avalanche terrain
• Navigation using terrain, map, compass and GPS
• Route planning, route cards and route selection
• Risk theory, group dynamics, group management
• Emergency situation management including avalanche rescue

Please note: discussions about the content and learning objectives of this year's course are ongoing and the above is subject to change. If you would like to provide your input on course content and focus, please email ACC Services Director, Sarah Karasiuk - - before August 9th, 2019. 
Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
  • Day 1: Meet in Golden, BC, at the the Big Bend Cafe at 9am, where you will be introduced to your group and your guides. Travel to the nearby staging area at Sorcerer Lodge Heliport where you will fly into the Fairy Meadow Hut by private helicopter (on a clear day, the views over the Adamants are stunning).
  • Day 2 - 7: Conditions permitting, the majority of the daylight hours will be spent actively in the field building skills and techniques. The evenings – after dinner and a bit of relaxation – informal presentations and group discussions will be held.
  • Day 8: Pack up, take some final pictures of the breathtaking views and travel back to Golden by helicopter 
Is this Camp For Me?
The focus of the courses is to provide training for current and future volunteer ACC section trip leaders. Applicants are expected to have previously organized – and be planning to continue to lead – ACC activities, and have a basic level of technical skill relevant to their learning objectives. Participants are expected to be fit, strong and have confidence travelling on skis in the mountains. We can’t stress enough the need for a good level of fitness – participants must be prepared to spend long, consecutive days in the field, building skills and techniques. In the evenings, there will be presentations and group discussions on various leadership topics. For those individuals who live at lower elevations (less than 1000m/3300’), we recommend that you arrive in the mountains a few days before the camp to do some skiing on your own. You will be living at and above 1980m/6500’ for the week.
How to Apply

Application Process
  • Completed application form – Please use the Online Application Form. This will automatically send you a receipt that you can send a copy of to your Section. By submitting this form, one copy will automatically be sent to the National Office. This must be done by midnight October 15th, 2018.
  • Short letters of reference from two climbing partners who can attest to your skills and experience. One must be an ACMG guide, Camp Manager or Section Volunteer Leader. References (including name, relationship, and email address) should send their letters directly to by midnight October 15th, 2018.
  • Section endorsement – your Section Executive should also send their endorsement of your application directly to by midnight October 15th, 2018. All section endorsements must use the Section Endorsement Form.
Selection Criteria

This leadership Course is designed for those members who already have some skiing experience, and may have taken some related courses. The objective of the TNF-ACC courses is to provide leadership training for our Section activity organizers. It should be emphasized that this course is designed to compliment, not replace, technical or leadership training courses offered at the local level; rather, it is an exceptional opportunity for participants from across the country to share a focused learning program.

The following criteria are used when assessing applications:

  • applicants must submit a complete application, including all requested references and Section endorsement;
  • applicants must have the appropriate basic technical skills and abilities to participate safely in the course and travel through the terrain under professional ACMG guidance;
  • applicants should be active, contributing members of the ACC, and have or willing to express a commitment to organizing Section activities once they’ve completed the TNF course.

Within these guidelines, the committee strives to balance participants’ representation of different ACC Sections.

  • I truly believe the skills I learned will be beneficial in leading better and safer trips in my local section.
  • The experience of the guides and the content covered during the week has been great. It's been a great opportunity to create some relations with other sections' members/leaders and a great opportunity to experience new terrain.
  • Excellent resource for new or developing trip leaders and very much appreciated! Super stoked on the swag and support for making the program affordable and accessible for us.
- 2019 Winter Leadership Course Participants-

Adventure Map

More information

  Email us
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

   Gear list

Course materials

  Course Info Package(coming soon)
  Goals, Expectations and General Objectives
  Section Endorsement Form

Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • 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


  • Professional instruction by three fully-certified ACMG ski guides
  • Course learning materials and pre-course assignments
  • Exclusive accommodation at Bill Putnam (Fairy Meadow) Hut for the week
  • Helicopter transportation to and from the hut
  • All meals, beginning with dinner on Day 1 and ending with lunch on Day 8 prepared by a camp chef
  • All group gear (ropes, emergency equipment etc.)

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to/from Sorcerer Lodge Heliport in Golden (carpooling lists will be provided ahead of time)
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 8
  • Personal gear (see gear list)

Your Guides

Erica Roles

Erica has been working as a guide since 2005 and became Canada's 11th Female IFMGA Mountain Guide in 2018. Born in the UK, she spent much of her childhood in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She moved to Canada with her family in 1998 and fell in love with the mountains of Western Canada. Erica began her ski career as a Pro Ski Patroller at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Wanting to share her passion for the mountains with other people led her to a career in guiding. These days Erica splits her time between guiding, playing in the mountains with friends, and hanging out with her daughter Grace. Erica has worked for a number of different guiding operations throughout the ranges of Western Canada. She loves guiding because she gets to spend time in beautiful places but also because of the people she meets and the experiences she gets to share with them.

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. 

Cyril Shokoples

Cyril began his career as an outdoor professional 30 years ago. His professional mountain guiding began a quarter century ago and he is an internationally certified mountain guide. He is a past president of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, honorary member of The Alpine Club of Canada, and has received distinguished service awards from the North West Mountaineering Club, The Alpine Club of Canada and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. He was the coordinator of Prehospital Care programs at the Alberta Vocational College where he trained Emergency Medical Technicians and developed the Parks Emergency Responder course for National Park wardens. He still delivers that course all across Canada and teaches Wilderness Emergency Care to mountain guides. Cyril trains the Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technicians in Mountain Rescue and is one of the primary instructors on the ACC summer and winter Mountain Leadership courses.

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