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Winter Skills Courses for KMC Members
2017/18 Season

The Kootenay Mountaineering Club is subsidizing these courses to the amount of $25 per member. Please note we have a $75 course subsidy limit for any one member per calendar year.

Volunteer trip organizers will receive an additional subsidy of $25 over and above the regular member $25 discount, already included in the posted rates. To qualify, you must have organized at least 4 trips in the past year. This program recognizes the importance of all trip organizers within our club. If you think you qualify, please contact Peter at school@kootenaymountaineeringclub.ca first for an approval.

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing – December 10, 2017

Cost: FREE
Instructors: Peter Oostlander and other experienced KMC skiers

Join us for a day of exploring the world of backcountry skiing! This one day course covers basic skills needed to participate in day trips on skis.

Location: Rossland Range – Mt Crowe. This trip is not suitable for split snowboards. We will ski from the Nancy Greene/Seven summit parking lot at 1575m via White Owl pass to the Mosquito cabin and then work our way up the gentle West shoulder of Mt Crowe, topping out at 2142m. Lunch will be at one of the cabins en route. If the group gets too large, we will split up in smaller groups, each one accompanied by an experienced skier. Program Objectives:

This trip is an introductory course for those who have never skied outside a resort but would like to pick up backcountry skiing or would like to get some more experience. If you are an intermediate skier who can confidently ski 'blue' (intermediate) runs in-bounds and want to try backcountry skiing, this trip is for you!

This is not an avalanche course and no previous avalanche training is required.

What you will learn:

  • Ski gear and how to use it (bindings heel lift, boots up-down mode, extendable poles)
  • Taking care of your climbing skins
  • Beacon check and basics of winter safety
  • Skin up technique
  • Basic avalanche safety considerations
  • Route selection; navigation and staying sound

What to bring:

  • Backcountry skis (with AT or telemark binding) with compatible ski boots
  • Climbing skins
  • Ski poles
  • Avi gear – a beacon (check the batteries!), shovel and (optional) probe
  • A warm puffy jacket or fleece
  • A waterproof & windproof jacket
  • Two pairs of gloves, one pair should be mittens
  • Waterproof overpants
  • Snacks, Lunch and drink for one day (wrap your cheese sandwich in aluminum foil!)
  • A small Thermos with hot drink is recommended

Please note that this course is for members only.

After completing this course you should have the confidence to join the KMC on day trips such as the trip listed below.

Intermediate Backcountry Ski Trip – January 20, 2018

Cost: FREE

Instructors: Peter Oostlander and other KMC skiers

Join us for a day of carving some turns in a popular backcountry ski area in Stagleap Provincial Park at Kootenay Pass and build on the skills you have learned in the “Introduction to Backcountry Skiing Course” This trip is not suitable for split snowboards.

We will drive to 1775m on the Salmo Creston highway 3 summit and skin up Baldy Rocks at 2165m. After a short break we will ski in a South-Easterly direction down to an old road at 1890m and depending on conditions climb up to Char Peak at 2120m. We will return via the Ripple cabin and out on the same road we came in. There is excellent skiing to be had on moderate slopes in largely treed but challenging avalanche terrain.

Prerequisite: Completion of the KMC “Introduction to Backcountry Skiing Course” or similar experience

What to bring: see above

Please note that this trip is for members only. Students that have completed the Introduction to Backcountry skiing course will get preference if the group size has to be cut back due to size.

Register / Questions? Send an email to Peter Oostlander at peteroostlander@hotmail.com

Summit Mountain Guides
Avalanche Skills Training (AST) Courses

The Kootenay Mountaineering Club is subsidizing these courses to the amount of $25 per member. Please note we have a $75 course subsidy limit for any one member per calendar year.

Volunteer trip organizers will receive an additional subsidy of $25 over and above the regular member $25 discount, already included in the posted rates. To qualify, you must have organized at least 4 trips in the past year. This program recognizes the importance of all trip organizers within our club. If you think you qualify, please contact Peter Oostlander first for an approval.

Avalanche Training Skills Level 1 – December 16-17, 2017

Course value $236 - KMC member rate: $190 incl. GST

Price includes:

  • Avalanche course book
  • CAA avaluator trip planning tool
  • AST 1 certificate

Location: Castlegar Recreation Centre for theory session.

Group size: Maximum 8, Minimum 6

The introductory course, Avalanche Skills Training 1, is a 2 day weekend program. Students will learn how to recognize and manage avalanche terrain, read snow pack information and better choose up track routes and descent runs.  The program is lecture based the first day, with some time dedicated in the field to practice transceiver searches and discuss rescue fundamentals. The second day will be field based and experiential, learning and practicing skills like: terrain evaluation, mountain hazard assessment, safe route finding techniques, snow pack analysis and snow testing techniques. Please see Summit Mountain Guides website for course itinerary and equipment requirements.

Please note though the course is introductory in nature to backcountry skiing, you need to have intermediate to advanced resort skiing or boarding ability.

Companion Rescue & Refresher Course - January 7, 2018

Course value $131 – KMC member rate $95 Incl. GST

Group size: Maximum 8, Minimum 6

Has it been awhile since your last avalanche skills training? Review and renew your practical rescue skills, get information about new avalanche equipment as well as discover updated probing, shoveling and group rescue techniques.

This one day field course is based out of Nelson BC. It follows the Canadian Avalanche Association program, goals and objectives. In addition to learning modern search practices this course provides trip planning techniques and rescue resource awareness.

Please see Summit Mountain Guides website for course itinerary and equipment requirements.

Managing Avalanche Terrain – NEW! January 14, 2018

Course value $131 – KMC member rate $95 Incl. GST

Group size: Maximum 8, Minimum 6

The MAT is a one-day, field-based course, designed to expand on the terrain management theory taught in the AST 1 course, as well as develop winter backcountry travel skills. AST 1 (or AST 2) is a prerequisite.

AST 1 grads will benefit from this one-day field session focusing on traveling safely through avalanche terrain. Students must be intermediate to advanced resort riders.

Please see Summit Mountain Guides website for course itinerary and equipment requirements.

AST 1 on snowshoes – January 27-28, 2018

Course value $236 - KMC member rate: $190 incl. GST

Group size: Maximum 8, Minimum 6

Same course content and certification as AST1 for skiers. Course fieldwork is done on snowshoes instead.

AST 2

  • Jan. 4*, 5-7, 2018
  • Jan. 12*, 13-15, 2018
  • Feb. 16*, 17-19, 2018
  • Mar. 9*, 10-12, 2018
  • * evening session
  • (limited spaces available – all dates)

Course value $467 – KMC member rate: $400 incl. GST

Are you looking for the highest recreational avalanche training?  Are you interested in boosting your skills before seeking further Industry Training Programs? The AST level 2 will deepen your knowledge, broaden your experience and skills for better decision making in avalanche terrain.

This 3 & 1/2 day program is the next logical step after completing the AST 1. Similar topics will be covered with more depth and emphasis on adapting personal exposure based on changing conditions & field observations.

This course provides the highest level of recreational avalanche training. It is also a stepping stone for further CAA industry training programs. Please see Summit Mountain Guides website for course itinerary and equipment requirements..