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Backcountry Skills and Riding Clinics

You've already gotten a few turns in, the stoke is high, but you want to bring your backcountry experience to the next level. Join us for three days of sessions and clinics with ACMG certified guides and ramp up your skills.

Speaker Series and Discussion Panels with Industry Athletes and Professionals

After participating in a few skill sessions, join us for presentations and Q&A's to fuel your stoke for this upcoming winter with leaders in the ski/boarding industry. Mingle, learn and celebrate backcountry adventures in the amazing outdoor mecca that is our backyard.

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Registration for clinics and events opens December 11, 2020 @ 8am

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Presentations

More information to come. Stay tuned!

Friday – January 29

Saturday – January 30

 

Sunday – January 31

 

The Clinics

All clinics and tours will be lead by Altus Mountain Guides and joined by local pros. Guides are of the highest calibre available to get you dialled and ready for your next backcountry trip!

Clinics run Friday through Sunday, ranging from Introductory to Advanced.

Registration for clinics will CLOSE January 15th at 5 pm

Introductory Clinics

Ski Touring
Intro to Backcountry Touring

Introductory

Learn the backcountry touring essentials: gear, track setting, route finding, avalanche safety skills on the fly, safe ascending and descending techniques.

Ladies Touring
Women's Intro Backcountry Touring

Introductory

Learn the backcountry touring essentials with a gang of like-minded ladies! Get the run-down on gear, track setting, route finding, avalanche safety skills on the fly, safe ascending and descending techniques.

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AST refresher and Companion Rescue

Introductory

Brush up on your avalanche safety and companion rescue skills for the coming winter.  We will focus on terrain identification and snowpack principles and make sure your companion rescue skills are up to date!

Intermediate clinics

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Big Mountain Split Boarding

Intermediate

Accessing and riding steep big mountain terrain on a board is a different beast. Learn the tricks and techniques on how to get up and down steep technical terrain safely and with style. Lead by one of the few split-board ACMG guides in Canada.

 

Backcountry Tour
Guided Tour – Whistler Backcountry

Intermediate

Spend the day touring around the Whistler or Blackcomb backcountry with a local guide. Learn their secrets, their favourite spots, ski some powder and gain some backcountry knowledge along the way.

 

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Crevasse Rescue

Intermediate

Just what to do if someone falls in a crevasse. This clinic will teach the principles of crevasse rescue in the ski and mountaineering setting.  We will focus on lightweight rope kits as well as conventional systems.

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Glacier Travel

Intermediate

Glacier travel is a vital piece of the alpine skiing puzzle. Learn how to assess glaciers properly, find a safe line, and keep your team safe. We'll also cover glaciology, route finding, bergschrund management, what the word bergschrund means, and how to rope up for glacier travel.

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Navigation and Route Planning

Intermediate

Believe it or not, south coast touring FB pages isn't the only place to get beta on where to ski! Learn how to read a map, examine terrain, and how weather moves through terrain to find the best zones. Most importantly: we'll cover how to find your way around this terrain once you are in it.

Advanced Clinics

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Ski Mountaineering

Advanced

This clinic is aimed at advanced skiers and riders with backcountry experience. We focus on the technical aspect of ski mountaineering and alpine travel.

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Advanced Avalanche Skills

Advanced

Expand your knowledge of snowpack assessment and snow tests, and learn how to apply that information to your ski line selection. This clinic serves to help skiers use advanced snow observations to strengthen their decision-making in avalanche terrain.

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Steep Skiing

Advanced

This clinic is for experienced skiers looking to push their riding to the next level in the backcountry. Our guides will lead you through hazard assessment, risk management, and line selection to ride big lines.

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Women's Ski Mountaineering

Advanced

This clinic is for experienced skiers looking to push their riding to the next level in the backcountry. Our guides will lead you through hazard assessment, risk management, and line selection to ride big lines.

 

Schedule

Details to come. Stay Tuned!

Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!