• We know that people bond and forge friendships over adventure. That's why these programs are designed to connect like-folk while striving to increase representation of minority populations in the outdoors. Our Diversity and Inclusion programs are our way of creating space in the outdoors for traditionally marginalized populations. As we continue to build this program, we are proud to offer opportunities for women, gender- expansive folks (i.e. trans women, gender non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender-queer, and an women-identifying folks), and black, indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC).

BIPOC Avalanche Skills Training 1 (Introductory)

We're on a mission to make the Canadian Rockies a safer space for everyone. That's why this winter we are offering our first AST 1 designed specifically for black, indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) to gain introductory knowledge and skills for safe winter travel. While anyone is welcome to join any of our adventures, this opportunity was created with the intention of connecting folks who may share similar experiences and barriers to entrance into this historically exclusive community. 

Dates: February 19th - 20th, 2022
Price: $250 + Tax / Person

Women and Non-Binary Intro to Backcountry Skiing (Introductory)

Eyeing the untracked powder beyond the resort boundary, but not sure how to transition to the backcountry safely and responsibly? Looking to learn in a safe, gender-inclusive space? Our entry level, women and non-binary ski & splitboard course is designed for you! Whether it's deciding where to ride, assessing the snowpack or understanding the gear, our highly trained and experienced ACMG guides will show you the way and a free copy of the ACC's Winter Backcountry Leader Manual will provide valuable reference material once you're ready to go it alone.

Dates: December 4th - 5th, 2021
Price: $315 + Tax / Person

Women and Non-Binary Ski Week - Lake Louise (Novice)

 

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We are excited to offer this program again for 2022 after having to cancel last year's sold out event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to create more opportunities for all gender-related marginalized populations, this camp now welcomes non-binary individuals into the mix. With COVID safety regulations in place, the Women & Non-Binary Ski week will be run in the Rockies and at the beautiful Lake Louise Alpine Centre. 

Dates: March 11th - 14th, 2022
Price: $1, 195 + Tax / Person
 

BIWOC Intro to Powder Camp - Rogers Pass (Novice)

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This summer, we held our very first BIWOC-specific course which was an overwhelming success. We want to keep this ball rolling into into our powder program by inviting any and all black, indigenous, and women of colour (BIWOC) to join us for a beginner friendly ski trip based out of the A. O . Wheeler Hut. ACMG mountain guide Sylvia Forest has guided many of our women's leadership programs, including our first BIWOC mountaineering course, and is excited to be leading this camp. 

Dates: March 18th - 21st, 2022
Price: $795 + Tax / Person 
*This camp is 50% subsidized by the MEC Diversity Grant
 

Women and Non-Binary Climbing Camp - The Icefield Parkway (Novice)

Designed and offered for all folks identifying as woman or non-binary, this unique climbing camp provides an opportunity to work on summer leading skills and gain valuable mountaineering experience. This year in order to stay Covid safe we have moved the camp to the lovely group campsite at the Wilcox Creek Campground. This area will allow for a variety of mountaineering efforts near the Columbia Icefields as well as some dry crags closer to the campsite to practice some rope rescue and work on technique. Long story short this will be a great place to hone the mountaineering skills with ACMG certified mountain guides Kirsten Knechtel and Merrie-Beth Board.

Dates: June 20th - 23rd, 2022
Price: $1, 195 + Tax / Person

Body Inclusive Glacier Discovery (Introductory)

We know mountain folk come in all shapes and sizes, however, we also know that the media, equipment, and opportunities do not often reflect that. After having to cancel our first Body Inclusive camp in 2020, we are excited to be offering it once again for the Summer of 2022. With the guidance of ACMG mountain guide Merrie-Beth Board and support of Diandra Oliver, this course is designed to help you find gear that fits, learn new mountain skills, and take your adventures to the next level!

Dates: August 22nd - 25th, 2022
Price: $1, 375 + Tax / Person

BIWOC Intro to Mountaineering Camp (Introductory)

Following the success of our very first BIWOC mountaineering camp in 2021, we are excited to bring to make this course a regular on our summer course roster. With the time of exclusive hut bookings slowly fleeting, we have chosen Asulkan cabin as a basecamp to ensure the group has the privacy deserved to create a safe space to learn and practice new mountain skills. 

Dates: August 8th - 11th, 2022
Price: $800 + Tax / Person
*This camp is 50% subsidized by the MEC Diversity Grant

Women and Non-Binary Trail Running - Rockwall Traverse (Novice)

The Rockwall Traverse is normally a backpacking trip that takes 3-4 nights however recently it's been increasing in popularity for trail running. The trail starts with a gradual climb through an old burn covered in fireweed flowers then ascends up beside a waterfall bringing you to the well photographed Floe Lake. From there the trail take you over 3 passes each with unique views of the hanging glaciers and the valley below. The last leg take you by the tall Helmet Falls and then the elevation evens out until you arrive at the paint pots trailhead. The full trail is 55 kms and you will climb 2400 meters over the whole trail.

Dates: TBD
Price: $745 + Tax / Person