CSGI Ski Touring Guide Module


The purpose of the new CSGI Ski Touring Guide modules is to design a program that will allow CSGA Guides to work as ski touring guides at the industry standard. Originally the CSGA exam process was tailored for mechanized guides in the Helicopter or Cat Skiing realm.

Eventually CSGA guides will be recognized and have capable skills to work alongside any internationally accredited ski guide. CSGA standards are already at or above industry standards. The addition of the CSGI Ski Touring Guide modules will enhance CSGA certification. Once these modules are complete it will allow for more employment opportunities.


  • CSGI Summer Glacier Course
  • Ski Touring Mod 1
  • Ski Touring Mod 2 Exam
  • Updated ski touring resume

Intentions of Program

A CSGA Ski Touring Guide is someone that has the guiding skills to take skiers safely into the backcountry mainly on foot, with a focus on uphill guiding. A certified CSGA Ski Touring Guide can take clients on long multi day tours and guide clients up easy snow climbs to summits and mountain peaks. With the goal of skiing off the top, or just summiting easy snow climbs. Basically, a CSGA STG Guide needs the skills to set highly efficient up tracks for long days of ski touring, have good rope skills, is able to travel roped up in glaciated terrain and can travel on simple exposed terrain or ridge lines. Exposed terrain that is technically easy to move through but consequential, requiring a rope to eliminate hazard. A certified CSGA STG is not expected to be a rock climber or ice climber. If the terrain gets to a point where ice, snow or rock protection is required, it is NOT ski guiding. Long vertical pitches of climbing with consequence is not ski guiding. This is alpine climbing or mountaineering. To successfully complete the CSGI STG certification all of the following skills need to be demonstrated and examined.

  • Setting precise efficient up tracks ski touring
  • Excellent navigation skills
  • Tech rope skills: (6mm small diameter, rad edelrid or similar) Lowering, raise, raise to a lower, lower to raise, glacier travel on tech ropes, roped and unroped crevasse rescue, block and tackle, rope handling
  • Short pitching/belays
  • Short roping

The goal is to have this integrated in such a way that only minimal additional training courses and exams are necessary. For full integration CGSI instructors/examiners should complete the full CSGA STG. We have al- ready started implementing the skills into the course process of the CSGI Levels I, II, III and Summer Glacier Course.

For existing certified CSGA II or III guides to become a certified Ski Touring/Ski Mountaineering Guide the fol- lowing will need to be completed.

  • Complete a CSGI Summer Glacier Skills Camp that teaches:
    1. Belaying one or more people on low angle short pitches of snow
    2. Ice and short easy rock pitches (Maybe short 3rd class scrambling on rock).
    3. Can lead or has seen a demonstration of how to lead short pitches of ice, snow and
    4. Has the skill and technical rope knowledge to protect clients from a slip on a rope with short roping
    5. Knows how to set up different configurations of lowering one or more
  • Complete a 5-day winter training module that reinforces the skills taught on the CSGI Summer Glacier Skills Camp. This winter module will also include demonstration of navigation, route finding, short rop- ing, short pitching, glacial transitions from glacier mode to steep short pitches and precise efficient ski touring up tracks. On the course candidates are expected to show up with a 5-day itinerary that would include summiting of a few peaks that can be skied off and reached mostly on
  • Attend the 5-day CSGI STG exam that covers all the skills mentioned

Example of Level 1 schedule

This is a tentative schedule only. Instructors or weather may cause this schedule to change at any time.

  • 4:00 pm Meet at Mike Wiegele Heli-Skiing – Guides Haus
  • Welcome – Covid Protocol
  • Course introduction, objectives
  • Waiver and Course Administration
  • Guides meeting
  • Helicopter orientation
  • Transceiver orientation
  • Heli Assist Ski Touring training day
  • In field skills improvement
  • Guiding theory & route selection
  • Guides meeting
  • Heli Assist Ski Touring training day
  • In field skills improvement
  • Guides meeting
  • Guides meeting
  • Skills day. In valley. Short Roping intro, short pitching intro
  • Crevasse rescue (roped and un-roped)
  • Raise to lower
  • Lower to Raise
  • Guides meeting
  • Guides meeting
  • Heli Assist Ski Touring Day
  • In field skills improvement
  • Guides meeting
  • Guides meeting
  • Guides meeting
  • Heli Assist Ski Touring 1/2 Day
  • In field skills improvement
  • Guides meeting
  • Course debrief
  • Course evaluation questionnaire
  • Student evaluations
  • Travel Home

Terrain Guidelines

For CSGA III Ski Touring Guides and
CSGA II Ski Touring Guides

All non-mechanized skiing touring / ski mountaineering and or split boarding / snowboarding activities are appropriate, including travel on winter condition glaciated terrain. (Glaciers covered in snow)

Also permitted are ascents of non-technical peaks as part of a ski tour, where short-roping techniques (use of a shortened rope to prevent a slip) may be used in simple terrain.

Short and or small sections of low consequence terrain with slip hazard.

The work of CSGA II Ski Touring Guide is subject to supervision buy a CSGA III Ski Touring guide, Full ACMG Ski Guide or IFMGA Mountain Guide.


  • CSGA III or CSGA III with STG certification may directly supervise:
    • CSGA II with mod 1 or mod 2 cert
    • ACMG Aspirant Ski Guides
  • CSGA II STG with mod 1 or 2 completed needs direct supervision at all times from:
    • CSGA III or CSGA III Ski Touring / Ski Mountaineering Guide
    • IFMGA Mountain Guide
    • ACMG Full Ski Guide

Updated Resume Requirements to be accredited CSGA III Ski Tour Guide

Resume requirements are listed below to be accredited with the CSGA III Ski Touring Guide. (After Mod 1 and 2 exam.)

  • 15 backcountry tours 1-2 days in high alpine terrain
  • 2 backcountry tours 5 days or longer in remote glaciated terrain non hut based
  • 5 backcountry tours 3-5 days or longer in remote glaciated terrain may be hut based
  • 5 peaks requiring mountaineering skills, climbed during ski tours or 5 summer mountaineering trips that required traveling on glaciers
  • Description of days worked as mechanized or ski touring guide
  • Notable backcountry ski touring descents
  • Relevant summer mountaineering experience
  • A total of 3 years or more of experience in a variety of snow conditions
  • References that can vouch for your backcountry ski touring resume
  • Include names and contact

Example Level 1 Equipment List

This changes with course location.

PPE Equipment:
  • 3-4 reusable face masks or 3-4 disposable masks per day.
  • If using a buff as a mask they must be doubled up.
  • Personal sanitizer to take into the mountains with you. Must be enough to last the duration of the course
Touring / Skiing Gear:
  • Skis / Split Board,
  • Ski Touring Boots
  • Climbing Skins
  • Ski Crampons
  • Ski boot crampons
  • Ice Axe for skiing
  • Ski Harness with belay loop
  • Ski Helmet / Climbing Helmet
  • Guide’s Pack 30-45 liter
  • Transceiver
  • Shovel
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Snow Study Kit
  • Snow Saw / Wood Saw
  • First Aid Kit
  • Repair Kit to fix your personal kit and guests
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water Bottle
  • Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman Tool
  • Improvised Toboggan / Guides Tarp / Winter Camping
  • Goggles, Sunglasses and Sunscreen
  • Waterproof field notebook (write in the rain type of similar with blank pages)
Navigation/Trip planning Equipment:
  • Smart phone with mapping apps
  • Laptop with google earth downloaded
  • GPS (optional)
  • Altimeter (watch or separate unit)
  • Enreach or similar (optional)
  • Compass with (with sighting mirror and separate declination adjustment)
  • Printed copy 83 D3 Blue River, available at many locations or order from: maptown.com
    You must have a printed copy!
Overnight Equipment:

Resort based. (No in-field overnights planned 2021 in blue river)

  • 60 – 80L Backpack for overnight Ski Touring
  • Sleeping Bag / Sleeping Pad
  • Overnight/Winter Clothing
  • Cooking Stove &Fuel
  • Clothing for Winter / Backcountry skiing
  • Casual clothing for classroom
Rope Rescue Gear:
  • 30m-40m, 6mm tech cord rad line / Edelrind or similar
  • Practice rope (40m-60m / 9mm or < )
  • 7 Carabiners (4 locking and 3 non-locking)
  • 1 x 5m 1” Tubular Webbing (Anchor) or spectra sewn webbing.
  • 1 x Improvised Harness (e.g. 2nd Piece of 1” Tubular Webbing x 5m,or mix of sewn slings to build improvised harness)
  • 1 Personal Short Prussic or (Hollow Block) 5mm tech cord to bight on 6mm tech cord.
  • 2 Personal Long Prussic Cords (5mm Cord, 2.5m in length)
  • Mini-Traxion, Edelrind spoc or similar
  • Tibloc x 1 or similar
  • Reverso x 1 or similar friction/rappel device (works on 6mm rope)
Rope rescue:
  • Pulley (Prussic minding or other type)
  • Additional short Prussuc or Hollow block
  • Rescue Rope (7-9mm, 30m length)
  • Enreach or similar (optional)
  • Programmable VHF radio
  • GPS
  • Leg splint, “coroplast” (corrugated plastic) or other
  • 83 D6 Lempriere, 83 D2 Nagle Creek, 83 D7 Howard, 92 G14, 92 J3, Messiter 82M13