- Ski Guides work in heliskiing, snowcat skiing, and in the many backcountry ski touring lodges in Canada.
- ACMG Ski Guides also participate in hut to hut or tent based glacier traverses and ski mountaineering trips where ascents of non-technical peaks may be climbed as part of a ski trip.
- The Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) professional Level I course is required for entry into the certificate program.
This is an absolute minimum. To demonstrate these skills in an exam setting requires a great deal of confidence, ability and fitness. Most candidates enter the program with a much higher personal standard than the minimum required.
Personal movement standard
You must demonstrate smoothly linked turns in all terrain, appropriate adjustment of style and technique to snow conditions, and stable, smooth, turns at all times in ungroomed, backcountry snow. It is strongly recommended that candidates complete a Level 2 ski/snowboard instructor course from the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance before applying.
Candidates are chosen from those applicants who can demonstrate that they have spent at least three years developing hazard evaluation and leadership skills, and are comfortable in a winter environment. These applicants have communication skills, preferably teaching skills, and are motivated to accept the responsibility of being a professional ski guide.
The CAA level 1 is a minimum prerequisite for the training level of the Apprentice Ski Guide exam. Experience shows those candidates who enter with the CAA Level 2 have an easier time with the decision making and hazard evaluation tasks.
Avalanche Search and Rescue
The Avalanche Search and Rescue (AvSAR) - Theory certificate is a minimum prerequisite for the training level of the Apprentice Ski Guide Program. The theory certificate can be obtained through the Canadian Avalanche Association.
Advanced wilderness first aid course
A minimum 80 hours is required. Courses from this partial list of providers have proven adequate in the past. Contact the ACMG if you are uncertain about other programs.
First Aid Overview
The ACMG does not run these programs but rather relies on outside course providers.
- For the Mountain Guide and Hiking Guide Programs an Advanced Wilderness First Aid course with a minimum of 80 hours is required. Although wilderness courses are preferred, Occupational First Aid Level 3 is also accepted.
- The Climbing Instructor Programs require a Standard First Aid Course. These courses usually run over a two-day period (minimum 16 hrs), combining theory and practical sessions to provide the basis for dealing with traumatic and medical emergencies.
Advanced Wilderness First AidAn Advanced Wilderness First Aid course with a minimum 80 hours is required. Courses from the following partial list of providers have proven adequate in the past. Contact the ACMG Training and Assessment Program office if you are uncertain about other programs.
- Alberta Health and Safety Training Institute
125 3510 29th Street NE Calgary AB T1Y7E5
Phones 1.888.670.5406, 403-670-5406, fax 1-866-202-1822
- Canadian Institute of Safety Search and Rescue Advanced First Aid
Box 6151, Cochrane AB TOL OW0 Phone 403-932-3689
- Outdoor Emergency Care Program - National Ski Patrol
NSP National Office 133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 100 Lakewood, CO 80228
- Pacific Alpine Institute
102-4369 Main Street, Suite #997, Whistler, B.C. V0N 1B4 Phone 604 938-7846
- Peak Emergency Response Training
1717 Beach Grove Road South Delta, BC V4L 1P4
778.899.7325, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.peakemergencytraining.com
- Remote Medical International
3400 Harbor Ave SW. Suite 344 Seattle, WA 98116
206.686.4878 Toll Free: 800.597.4911 email@example.com, www.remotemedical.com
- Rescue Dynamics
5109 -17 A Ave. NW, Edmonton AB T6L 1K51
780-461-5040 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rescuedynamics.ca
- Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine Inc.
9 Manyhorses Close, Redwood Meadows, AB T3Z 1A1
Phone/Fax 403-949-2632 email@example.com, www.adventuremed.ca
- Sirius Wilderness Medicine
2685 rue Rolland, suite 303, Ste-AdÃ¨le, QC J8B 1C9
Phone 514.509.2112, Toll free 877.982.0066, Fax 514.509.2123
email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.siriusmed.com
- Slipstream Wilderness First Aid
#403 110-174 Wilson Street, Victoria, BC, V9A 7N7
1-800-760-3188 email: email@example.com, web: www.wildernessfirstaid.ca
- Wilderness Alert Safety Training & Products
Box 95050 Vancouver BC V6P 6V5
Phone 604-263-1432 or 1-800-298-9919 email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, web: www.wildernessalert.com
- Wilderness Medical Associates, Canada
106- 1100 Main St. W., Hamilton ON L8S 1B3
Phone toll free 1-877-945-3633, 905-524-5531 web www.wildmed.ca
- Wilderness Medical Consultants
Box 64 - 512-9th St South, Golden, BC V0A 1H0
Toll free 1-888-344-4755, 250.344.4755 web www.wildernessmedicalconsultants.ca
On the courses, you must be capable of guiding clients on skis showing efficient and confident movement while linking appropriate turns in variable backcountry snow. You must show that you are capable of guiding clients in alpine ski mountaineering terrain including glaciers, snow and ice, and simple short-roping terrain.