CSGI Level 3


  • Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 2
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 or Equivalent
  • Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 2 or Equivalent
  • Summer Glacier Skills Camp or Equivalent
  • Current 80 Hour First Aid Certificate
  • Employment in a Helicopter or Snow Cat skiing operation for a minimum of 2 years with at least 80 days guiding
  • Recommendation from mechanized ski industry operator
Course Description

The Level 3 program is designed for people who have come through the CSGI Level 1 and Level 2 Courses and have been guiding in the Mechanized Skiing industry for at least two years under the direction of a Lead Guide. The focus of the program is to prepare candidates to Lead Guide groups without supervision.

The course focuses on the skills necessary to guide safely and supervise other guided groups through the mountain environment, this includes: terrain assessment, navigation, hazard-analysis and mountain sense, which includes judgment and decision-making. Transceiver methodology, avalanche rescue, rope handling, and crevasse rescue are some of the more technical skills covered. Finally, the course covers topics specific to the industry like mechanized ski guiding, guide’s meetings, operational guidelines, risk management, safety orientations, and field observations.

The level 3 Training and Exam programs run separately. They are not completed in the same year, this is two separate 5 day courses. 

The course will be based at a mechanized backcountry ski operation. During the course we will do day trips either from a main lodge or from a remote backcountry hut. Helicopters, Snowcats or touring gear may all be utilized to access the skiing and teaching sites. Meals and accommodation are not covered in the course costs and will vary with course location.

Participants completing and passing the exam with a positive evaluation will be qualified to work as a Lead Guide in a Mechanized Backcountry Skiing Operation. Successful candidates will have met the criteria as outlined in the course content and standards sheet.


Runs every year dependent on enrollment – Spring only due to daylight requirements. 

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