The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing Coquihalla Pass - Fri, Jan 17 2020, Tue, Jan 7 2020, Tue, Jan 14 2020, Sat, Jan 18 2020, Sun, Jan 19 2020

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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:Hope/Coquihalla Summit
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jan 17 2020, Tue, Jan 7 2020, Tue, Jan 14 2020, Sat, Jan 18 2020, Sun, Jan 19 2020  7:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: N/A   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 10 2020 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:3 days
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Leader(s): Todd Powell
Iwona Erskine-Kellie
Rob Janousek
David Hiscock
You must be logged in to get the Event Leader contact information.
Member Cost:$195.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 24 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


Our popular Intro to Backcountry Skiing(IBS) course is back for 2020. Yes we pack in a lot into the weekend. Expect some challenges and fun in the process. *Important* Please read the course description thoroughly. Selection is through screening not your position on the waitlist.

We will meet on Friday at 7pm where we will start the training with a brief 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. Please leave time for a celebratory group dinner in Hope before heading home.

Details and carpool locations will follow so keep an eye on the website.


The cost for the course is $195.00. *Important* Do not pay before being accepted after which you will receive payment information. Payment is due on acceptance. Cancelation policy is no refund within 21 days of start of course.
For the payment, e-transfer to would be preferred. Please put a note referencing to this event and use V0N1G0 as the password for e-transfer

Required Items to Bring:

  • Ability to ride blue runs safely under all conditions on the setup you are bringing to the course

    • Attend a evening of ACC Into to Backcountry Skiing Gear and Intro to Companion Rescue for course participants Jan 7, 7-9 pm location MEC
    • Attend a evening of ACC Avalance Awareness for course participants Jan 14, 7-9pm location MEC

    Ski equipment

    • Touring skis (AT or telemark), or split board
    • Transceiver, shovel, probe
    • Full equipment list will be emailed
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will arrange carpools later

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):550Km
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 $137.50 (calculated at total Km * $0.25, effective Friday, September 18, 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:$195.00/Person
Cost Includes:
  • Accommodation for two nights,
  • Training,
  • GST, PST.
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the ACC VA on Fri, Jan 10 2020.
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!
*Note: Important. Do not pay before being accepted. After acceptance into the course you will receive payment instructions. Important Cancelation policy is no refund within 21 days of start of course.

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