Camp Highlights

  • A flagship leadership program available to Section trip leaders
  • Now based out of the spectacular Fairy Meadow Hut
  • An increased focus on soft skill development for 2022
  • Over 50% of course costs subsidized by the ACC 
  • Two levels to provide learning opportunities for all ACC leaders

Dates & price

  • January 22nd - 29th, 2022
  •  $1,495

Applications open:
September 10th, 2021 to November 10th, 2021

Accepted applicants will be notified by November 29th, 2021


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

Progress as a Mountain Leader and Learn the Leadership Skills to Give Back to your Local Section

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 and learn the skills to give back more to your mountain community.

*Please note that in order to join any Alpine Club of Canada trip that is based out of a backcountry hut you will need to show proof that you are double vaccinated for Covid-19*

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

For 2022, along with the TNF Winter 1.0 Standard Leadership Program, we will also be running the TNF  Winter 2.0 Advancing Excellence Leadership Program for the second time ever! This course is designed for those who have already taken TNF Winter 1.0 Standard course and are looking to go to the next level and mentor their Section's own aspiring leaders. 10 spots will be available for the TNF Winter 1.0 Standard Leadership Program and 5 spots will be available for those selected for the TNF Winter 2.0 Advancing Excellence Leadership Program. For more details, contact the ACC Adventures Coordinator, Emma, at [email protected] 


Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • 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 in the field actively building skills and techniques. During 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?
TNF Winter 1.0 Standard Leadership Program: Intermediate - Advanced
The focus of the courses is to provide training for current and future volunteer ACC section trip leaders. Applicants are expected to be planning and committed to leading ACC section activities in the future 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. 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.

TNF Winter 2.0 Advancing Excellence Leadership Program: Advanced

This program is designed for leaders who have already participated in the TNFW 1.0 Standard Leadership Program and are looking to further develop their leadership skills. The focus of the courses is to provide training for current and future volunteer ACC section trip leaders. Applicants are expected to be committed to ACC section activities and have a consistent role in planning them. They should also have an intermediate level of technical skills, be confident traveling through different terrain on skis, and have an excellent fitness level. 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. 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.

How to Apply

Application Process
  • Completed application form – Please complete the form accessed by clicking "apply now" at the top of this screen. By submitting this form, one copy will automatically be sent to the National Office.
  • One letter of reference from an ACMG guide, Camp Manager or Section Volunteer Leader who can attest to your skills and experience. References (including name, relationship, and email address) should send their letters directly to [email protected]
  • Section endorsement – your Section Executive should also send their endorsement of your application directly to [email protected] All section endorsements must use the Section Endorsement Form.
Deadline to submit the above to the ACC National Office ->November 10th, 2021
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 course 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.

Applicants will be informed of the result of their application no later than November 29th, 2021

  • 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-

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MORE INFORMATION

Please try to register online before calling. If you are having issues, have your emergency contact information and course questionnaire filled out before calling.

  Email us
  403 678 3200 ext. 213


COURSE MATERIALS

InfoPack (inclu. gear list)   
Goals, Expectations and General Objectives
ACC Section Endorsement  

WAIVERS

ACC Liability Waiver (En)
ACC Liability Waiver (Fr)
Covid Health and Exposure Declaration
ACC Model Release

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


INCLUDED WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 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)

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

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. 


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.