CSGA Level 1


GOAL: To have candidates attain a basic understanding of mountain awareness and guiding principles, to become proficient with the technical and practical skills needed to work as apprentice ski guides within a mechanized back-country operation.

PREREQUISITES
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1 course
  • Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 1 course or equivalent
  • Current 80 hour First Aid Certificate
  • Resume showing previous industry or related experience
  • Back country ski touring resume or trip log documenting experience
Transceivers
  • Basic proficiency demonstrated by finding 4 transceivers buried 60 cm deep in a 30m x 30m area within ten minutes. Transceivers can be turned off. Probe targets are to be used. The targets can measure up to 30cm x 30cm.

Rope Handling
  • Demonstrate ability to build anchors, perform a lower, rappel a fixed line and ascend it.
  • Understand the fundamentals of a crevasse rescue system and be able to assist in an organized rescue. To be able to demonstrate a single rope system in the field within a timed period. The timed period will be at the discretion of the instructor/examiner depending on the site.
Avalanche Rescue
  • Understanding the fundamentals of a self rescue and be able to take charge, organize and participate in a search.
Navigation
  • To be able to interpret basic terrain features in the field onto a map and from the map into the field.
  • To use a compass to shoot bearings for resection and route planning
Snowpack Observation
  • To dig snow profiles and make observations within the time constraints of a mechanized skiing operation

Terrain Assessment
  • To adequately assess significant terrain features.
  • To identify hazards and hazard potential.
  • To route-find through terrain identifying safe and suitable routes.
  • To identify the safest routes in any given piece of terrain
Ski Guiding
  • To understand the fundamentals of guest management and be able to effectively communicate directions.
  • To understand the application of specialized guiding techniques.
Field Books
  • Document daily observations and activities for reference and liability using a blank paged field book
Mountain Sense
  • Demonstrate back-country awareness and the fundamentals of safe decision making.
Attitude and Disposition
  • Ability to work on a team, be open to new concepts, strategies, and demonstrate good leadership qualities

This is the criteria that participants will be evaluated on for successful completion of this program.


Dates

We run 2 level 1 courses per year depending on enrollment.

* MEADOW CREEK COURSE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOW BE ON A WAITING LIST

Level 1 – Winter          Whistler, BC                              Dec 3 – 13, 2017                     $2125.00 + GST

Level 1 – Spring           Meadow Creek, BC                    April 2 – 12th, 2017                $2125.00 + GST  


Arrival Day

Arrival, 5:00pm
Introductions and Overview
Course Outline, Manuals, Evaluation Criteria
Field Books (observations & info)
Transceiver Orientation and Practice
Helicopter Orientation

Day 1

Morning Meeting
Navigation Basics
IntrTour
Navigation
Terrain & Hazards
Review Day
Discussion – Snowpack Observation

Day 2

Morning Meeting
Navigation
Tour;
Snowpack Observation
Information Gathering
Navigation
Avalanche rescue – Demo
Review Day
Discussion – Decision Making 3×3

Day 3

Morning Meeting
Rope Rescue;
Equipment and Knots
Anchors
Lowers
Ascending
Crevasse Rescue
Avalanche rescue
Review Day
Discussion – Introduction tMechanized Skiing

Day 4

Morning Meeting
Mechanized Ski Guiding;
Route Selection
Guest Instruction
Regrouping
Avalanche Rescue
Review Day
Discussion – Mechanized Ski Guiding

Day 5

Morning Meeting
Mechanized Ski Guiding / Tail Guiding;
Route Selection
Group Management
Hazard Evaluation
Review Day
Practice Session – Skill Development
Mid-course Evaluation

Day 6

Morning Meeting
Ski Tour
Terrain Assessment
Hazard Evaluation
Avalanche Rescue
Review Day
Discussion – Avalanche Case Study

Day 7

Morning Meeting
Mechanized Ski Guiding
Tail Guiding
Group Management
Client Care
Avalanche Rescue
Discussion – Mountain Sense

Day 8

Morning Meeting
Rescue Practice
Lost Skiers
Injured Skier Evacuation
Bivi Sac
Toboggan
Improvised Sled
Review Challenging Concepts

Day 9

Morning Meeting
Transceiver Scenario
Rope Rescue Scenario
Avalanche Rescue
Review Day
Discussion – Rescue Gear

Day 10

Course Evaluation Questionnaires
Candidate Evaluations

The present outline is dependent on the weather and specific local details. Some changes will be necessary; the Instructors will announce daily scheduling.

The following items are essential and required for course participation:

  • Touring Gear IE: Ski’s/Split Board, Boots, Skins
  • Transceiver
  • Adequate clothing for backcountry skiing
  • Casual clothing for classroom lectures
  • Guide’s pack 35-55 liters
  • Shovel
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Snow study kit
  • Snow saw
  • First Aid kit
  • Repair kit
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Compass, Silva Ranger or one with mirror, North American or Universal
  • Altimeter
  • Swiss Army knife or ‘Leatherman’ type tool
  • Goggles, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Harness
  • 7 Carabiners (4 locking and 3 non-locking)
  • 2 Guide’s slings (6 or 7mm perlon cord, 5m in length)
  • 2 Personal prusik (7mm perlon cord, 1.75m in length)
  • 2 Anchor Slings (19-26mm webbing, 7m in length)
  • Climbing Rope (10-11mm, 40-60m length)
  • Climbing/Skiing helmet
  • Waterproof field note book (write in the rain/snow)
  • Topographic Maps 1:50,000 scale

 Optional Equipment:

  • Improvised Toboggan/Rescue Shelter,
  • Micro/Mini-traxion or similar mechanical braking device,
  • Tiblocs,
  • Programmable VHF radio.

Topographic Maps (1:50000)

For Maps contact: ITMB Publishing Ltd. – 12300 Bridgeport Road, Richmond, BC, V6V 1J5
Telephone: (604) 273-1400
Fax: (604) 273-1488
E-mail: itmb@itmb.com
Web Site: http://www.itmb.com/

 

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