CSGI Level 2

GOAL: To have candidates attain an understanding of mountain awareness and guiding principles to become proficient with the technical and practical skills needed to work as assistant ski guides within a mechanized backcountry operation.


  • Summer Glacier Course or equivalent
  • Canadian Ski Guide Level 1
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1
  • Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 2 or equivalent
  • Employment in a Helicopter or Cat Ski Operation for 2 years and minimum 60 days experience
  • Back country ski touring resume or trip log documenting experience Current 80 Hour
  • First Aid Certificate Recommendation from a mechanized ski industry operator
  • Basic proficiency demonstrated by finding 4 transceivers buried 60cm deep 30m x 30m area within eight minutes. The first transceiver found must be left on. Probe targets are to be used. The targets can measure up to 30cm x 30 cm.
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 lead an organized rescue.
  • To be able to demonstrate a dropper loop system in the field within a timed period. The timed period will be at the discretion of the instructor/examiner depending on the site.
  • Demonstrate a rescue system in the field and be able to adapt it to different systems i.e.: how to transfer the load, pass a knot, not enough rope, adding in mechanical devises and advantage, self-tending brakes.
Avalanche Rescue
  •  Understanding the fundamentals of a self rescue and be able to take charge, organize and act as a rescue leader in a search
  • To be able to interpret basic terrain features in the field onto a map and from the map into the field
  • Use a map, compass and altimeter to set up route plans and move through alpine terrain during whiteout conditions
Snowpack Observation
  • To dig snow profiles and make observations within the time constraints of a mechanized skiing operation
  • To determine suitable tests for specific terrain features or stability conditions
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 backcountry 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


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