Backcountry Skiing


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Intro to Backcountry Skiing & Riding

Designed for those who want to try backcountry skiing or splitboarding—learn to use climbing skins and alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboards. Our guides will provide valuable tips, and cover touring safety and backcountry trip preparation. Course includes an evening lecture and a full day on snow. Prerequisite: downhill, telemark or snowboarding experience. Includes: instructor, avalanche safety equipment.

Powder Days

Enjoy a day of backcountry touring and turns in some of Alberta’s best powder. In this perfect next step for backcountry skiers and riders, an experienced guide will ensure you have a fun, safe day of backcountry deep-powder fun. Destinations may change based on snow conditions. Prerequisites: 19+, strong physical fitness, ability to ski/ride under control in all snow conditions and training in avalanche companion rescue. Includes: ACMG guides.

First Track Fridays

Beat everyone to the fresh snow in this next step to our Intro course. Go backcountry skiing/riding with our ACMG guides for a fun, safe day in the mountains. Destinations may vary based on snow conditions. Prerequisites: 19+, strong physical fitness, ability to ski/ride under control in all snow conditions and training in avalanche companion rescue. Includes: ACMG guides.

Ski Summit Series

These classic 1-day backcountry Rocky Mountain ascents are great workouts with the good possibility of astounding powder runs. Skiers must be in good shape as all trips involve a minimum 900-metre elevation gain. Be prepared for big challenges and even bigger rewards. Prerequisites: 19+, strong physical fitness, ability to ski/ride under control in all snow conditions and training in avalanche companion rescue. Includes: ACMG guides.

Ski/Board Tuning Clinic

Learn to do a skilled tune-up of your skis or snowboard; including cleaning and base repair, edge sharpening and waxing. Receive personalized instruction and lots of practice in this 3-hour hands-on clinic. Please make sure the snowboard, pair of downhill, alpine touring or telemark skis that you bring to the clinic are clean and in decent condition. Maximum 6 students/class. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of all equipment/supplies. 20% off tuning equipment/supplies when purchased.

Supervised Sessions - Coming Soon

Drop by our climbing wall for one of our supervised (non-instructional) sessions Monday and Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 pm. These sessions are intended to bring together individuals, groups and clubs from the University and wider community to safely practice general climbing skills, trad, rock rescue, crevasse rescue and more. ACMG-certified guides will replace supervising staff on a few sessions a month to provide expert climbing advice to participants.