FAQ

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

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www.maptown.com

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.

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