Weekend 1 (classroom days)
Participants meet at 9:00am MST on Zoom. Instructions will be sent out the week before. 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
Zoom lesson days will finish around 4:00pm MST
Weekend 2 and 3 (field days)
Meeting times will always be 9:00am MST, however, locations and objectives will vary each day. You can guarantee that 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. Together, the group will decide the best place to ski ahead of time based on current avalanche conditions and weather. 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 6:1 to make for the best possible learning experience. Fields days usually end around 4:00pm MST (back at the cars).
Throughout the Winter:
Between course weekends you will receive communications from Doug about changes in the snowpack, case studies, incident reports and are encouraged to bring things forward to the group as well. This will be a winter long discussion.