The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing, Coquihalla Pass - Fri, Feb 19 2016, Sat, Feb 20 2016, Sun, Feb 21 2016

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Training
Event Location:Coquihalla Lakes Lodge
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Feb 19 2016, Sat, Feb 20 2016, Sun, Feb 21 2016  7:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: N/A   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jan 31 2016 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:3 days
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Leader(s): Steve Sidaway
Slawomir Skoczylas
Martin Siegert
Scott MacPherson
Colin Janssen
Alan Mijinke
Diana D
You must be logged in to get the Event Leader contact information.
Member Cost:$130.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Number Registered So Far: 18 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


The training will be based out of the Coquihalla Lake Lodge. We will meet on Friday at 7pm in the lodge, where we will start the training with a classroom session. We will get up early Saturday morning for a full day outside, which will be followed by another class room session. Sunday will be another full day outside. We plan to be back at the cars around sunset.
Details and carpool locations will follow so keep an eye on the website.


The cost for the course is $130 - for detailed cost information see below.
Payment for the Introduction to Backcountry Skiing course can be made by PayPal here: PayPal for Introduction to Backcountry Skiing
Alternatively you can mail a cheque over $130 to the course organizer made payable to the "Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section".

Required Items to Bring:
  • Ability to ride blue runs safely under all conditions on the setup you are bringing to the course.

Ski equipment

  • Touring skis (AT or telemark), or split board
  • Beacon, shovel, probe
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for 2 days
  • Full equipment list will be emailed

Overnight items

  • Bed linen / sleeping bag/ pillow
  • Towel, soap, etc
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:For directions see the website of our accommodation (

We can try to help arrange carpools.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):400Km
Carpool Departure Time: N/A
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Vancouver Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $100.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.25, effective Tuesday, January 28, 2020). This is based on the current provincial government rate for private vehicle use.  Please pay your share of the cost to the carpool driver.

This training will focus on the basic knowledge and skills necessary for travel on skis/split-boards in the backcountry. Topics that will be covered include
  • equipment usage,
  • trip planning,
  • basic navigation,
  • route finding,
  • basic avalanche knowledge,
  • and more ...
Note that this training is not a substitute for proper avalanche training such as AST 1.
- Registration is not complete until you've signed up and, if required, paid in full to the Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Section, either through PayPal, or sent to the Event Leader.
- When a minimum group size appears, this is to let you know that the event will be cancelled with refunds to those who have already paid, if the minimum number of registered participants is not met.
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$130.00/Person
Cost Includes:
  • Accommodation for two nights,
  • Training,
  • GST, PST.
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the ACC VA on Sun, Jan 31 2016.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

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