Level 1

  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1 course or equivalent
  • Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 1 course or equivalent
  • Resume showing previous industry or related experience
  • Backcountry ski touring resume or trip log documenting experience
  • Current 80 hour first-aid certificate

Level 2

  • Canadian Ski Guide Level 1
  • Canadian Avalanche Association level 1
  • Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance level 2 or equivalent
  • Employment in a Helicopter or Cat Skiing operation with 2 years and 60 days experience
  • An update of your backcountry ski touring resume or trip log documenting experience
  • Current 80 hour first-aid certificate
  • Recommendation from mechanized ski industry operator

Level 3

  • Canadian Ski Guide Level 2
  • Canadian Avalanche Association level 2
  • Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance level 2
  • Employment in a Helicopter or Snow Cat skiing operation with an additional 2 years and 80 days guiding.
  • Recommendation from mechanized ski industry operator
  • Current first-aid certificate
  • Summer Glacier Skills Camp
Equipment List

Daily field trips require walking or skiing to training sites in glaciated backcountry wilderness. All participants must be equipped with proper clothing and equipment, as follows:

  • Overnight pack
  • 35-55 litre guide’s pack
  • Winter sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad (therma-rest)
  • Climbing harness
  • 6 carabiners (3 locking)
  • 4 prussiks (7mm x 5 m)
  • 2 prussiks (7mm x 70 cm)
  • 2 anchor slings (5 m each of 1 in. tubular webbing)
  • Folding pruning saw (min. 40 cm long)
  • Avalanche probe and shovel
  • Skis (touring) and skins
  • Tent and/or bivy sac
  • Cook set and eating utensils
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Clothing, hat, gloves, etc.
  • Repair kit
  • Backcountry first aid kit
  • Climbing rope (50m x 11mm)
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Headlamp
  • Complete ski clothing (downhill and touring)
  • Warm after-ski boots for tent
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • 2 Tiblocs
  • Mini traxion
Blue River Topographic Maps

  • 83 D3 Blue River
  • 83 D6 Lempriere
  • 83 D2 Nagle Creek
  • 82 D7 Howard (optional)
Whistler Topographical Maps

  • 92 J 2
  • 92 J 3
  • 92 J 6
  • 92 J 7
Meadow Creek Topographical Maps

  • Roseberry 82K/3
  • Poplar Creek 82K/6
For Maps contact:Geological Survey of Canada101 – 605 Robson St.
Vancouver BC
(604) 666-0271



All of the Operating Members of the CSGA recognize the CSGA qualifications, and the CSGA qualifications are recognized by WorkSafeBC and the major insurance companies.  Many other mechanized ski operations who are not Operating Members of the CSGA also hire CSGA guides, though there are still a few who do not.
  • Currently 60% of all Level 1 graduates are employed within the industry
  • Currently 90% of all Level 2 Graduates are working within the industry
  • Currently 100% of all Level 3 Graduates are employed in the industry
  •  No. You must meet all of the required prerequisites in order to be accepted for the courses.
  • We accept equivalent certifications for Ski Instruction and First Aid.
  • We do not accept American Avalanche Courses, there is no American equivalent to the Canadian Avalanche Association Training School.
Yes, split boards are acceptable.

Comments 7

  1. Hi,

    I have two questions.
    how much does Level 1 cost?
    How many candidates are selected for each Level 1 course?

    Thanks in advance.



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      Hi Luis,

      The CSGI Level 1 course is $2125.00 plus tax. We have a minimum requirement of 8 students and a variable maximum depending on the location of the courses. It is usually between 18 – 24 max. I hope this helps answer your questions, let me now if you need any other info.

      Thank you for your interest in the CSGA/CSGI
      Carrie Holland
      CSGA/CSGI Administrator

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  2. I have my level 2 form thirty years ago. I did teach back then but have not kept it up. Do I need to start over or can I recert at level 2?

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      Hello M J Gibson

      We have a couple recurrent training sessions each year. It would be best to attend one of those or the Summer Glacier Skills Camp. These would both be good determining factors in regards to whether or not you would need to re-certify. The instructors would assess and let you know the results after the course. If you need further information or would like to speak to someone please email me at admin@canskiguide.com

      Thank You
      Carrie Holland

  3. The prerequisites state a ski touring log is required to take the level 1 course. I work as a ski instructor with four seasons of experience but have little touring experience ( a few times out of bounds with skins on but nothing worth logging). I was hoping to get back country experience within the course or must I already have an extensive log book before hand?

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