Camp Highlights

  • Learn how to attack steep couloirs and technical summits
  • An advanced skills course developed with ACMG guides
  • Based out of the Canmore/Banff/Lake Louise area
  • Spring course dates maximize chances of favourable conditions

Dates & price

  •  March 28th - April 1st, 2022
  • April 11th - 15th, 2022
  • $1, 095 + Tax / Person

Learn the Skills Needed to Unlock Glaciated, Steep or Technical Terrain

Are you ready to take the next step in your backcountry skiing career? Sometimes just lapping that great powder field isn't enough and you want to start testing yourself on technical summits or steep couloirs. Like many things in the mountains, increased challenge comes with increased risk. Which is why we've developed a course to teach you the skills needed to progress safely and responsibly.

Based out of the Banff/Canmore/Lake Louise area, this camp puts you on the doorstep of some of the best ski mountaineering terrain in North America at a time of the year when the snowpack is typically more stable, crevasses have good coverage and the ski quality is at its best. Combine that with our highly experienced guides, and the foundations are set for a full week of summits, couloirs and learning. Not to mention you can say goodbye to the -30 weather!
 
Come push your winter capabilities further with the ACC this spring!

Camp Objectives
This course aims to teach you core ski mountaineering skills such as: 
  • Use of ski crampons
  • Use of boot crampons and ice axe
  • Rapid transitioning
  • Rapelling and anchor assessment
  • Crevasse rescue techniques
  • Basic rope rescue techniques
  • Roping up for glacier travel 

  • As well as hard skills, there will be opportunity to develop softer skills such as
  • Trip planning
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • Navigation and route finding
  • Leadership tactics and decision making

    The focus of this course is on skill development. But we aim to give you first-hand experience on more involved objectives where learning can happen in a realistic environment. These could include:
  • Cirque Peak (plus couloir)
  • Crowfoot Mountain
  • Crowfoot Couloir
  • Cathedral Mountain
  • Grand Daddy Couloir
  • Many more!

    Our experienced guides will be there to supervise and coach, but this course is meant to get you out and give you the skills you need to be an independent ski mountaineer.
  • Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
    Day 1
    8:00am meet-up with your guide at a pre determined location (details will be sent our one week before the course starts). Introductions, gear checks and a brief companion rescue practice will be followed by an easy day in the backcountry where you can familiarize yourself with the guide and the other participants.

    Day 2, 3 and 4
    Workshops on each of these days will see you tackling local but diverse ski mountaineering objectives.Trip planning will take place the evening before each day with the group then executing each objective in an increasingly independent manner, while always being under the supervision of our experienced guide.
     
    Day 5
    A final field day will be followed by a group debrief with your guide. Participants will then pack up and head home.
    Is this Camp For Me?
    Intermediate - Advanced

    As a minimum, you should have an intermediate level of backcountry ski experience, be comfortable with your touring gear, and have already completed the AST-1 course or equivalent (preferably AST-2). You should also have a good level of fitness: some of the bigger objectives will involve an alpine start and a 10+ hour ski day. If you have any questions about your suitability for this course, please contact the National Office before registering.

    Food, Accommodation and Guiding

    Food

    Food is not included in this course. Please bring a packed lunch and snacks for each day.

    Accommodation

    Due to Covid safety we are running this course as a day trips and are not providing accommodation. We recommend staying in Canmore or Banff to be the most central to daily objectives.

    Guiding

    Our highly experienced ski guides have a specialized background in offering instructional and skill development courses. This year we will be reducing the numbers of participants to each full ski guide to a maximum of 5:1 to give you as much time interacting with our guides as possible. If we receive sufficient registrations, this will also mean that the group can split into two based on ability, fitness, ambition or preferred objective. 

    The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!

    Gear Rentals

    Don't have everything on the gear list (found on the right hand side of this webpage)? We recommend heading to Gear Up in Canmore to grab any items your might be missing. To ensure availability of items call ahead to book. ACC members get a 10% discount.

     

    • Our guides were outstanding instructors for this course. They were in teaching mode the entire time, sharing their knowledge and experience non-stop over the 5 days. They are clearly passionate not only about ski mountaineering, but also getting more people to safely engaged in the sport. I would take another course with them any time.
    - 2019 Intro to Ski Mountaineering Participant -

    Adventure Map

    More Information

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

      Email us
      403 678 3200 ext. 213


    Course Documents

    Gear List 
    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

    • 5 days instruction by full ACMG ski guides (maximum 5:1 ratio)
    • Free copy of the ACC Winter Backcountry Leader Handbook 
    • Group equipment (InReach, emergency equipment, ropes etc.)

    Participants Must Provide

    • Transportation to and from the hostel and field locations
    • Accommodation throughout the course
    • All meals - please bring a lunch and snacks for each day
    • 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.