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This is a non certification course that is intended for individuals interested in a career in mechanized ski guiding or as introduction to basic mountain skills.  Participants will be introduced to the basic skills necessary to pursue this career path.  Participants should have completed at least the CAA Avalanche Safety Training (AST) course and have a good level of skiing or boarding, including ski or split-board touring.


The Level 1 course is designed as an introduction to the mechanized back country ski industry.  It is intended for individuals with previous ski industry experience, who have professional training in avalanche awareness and who are familiar with travelling in back country terrain, and is a prerequisite for the level 2 course.

The course focuses on skills necessary to travel safely through the mountain environment; this includes terrain assessment, navigation, hazard analysis and mountain sense, incorporating judgement and decision making.  Transceiver methodology, avalanche rescue, rope handling and crevasse rescue are some of the technical skills covered.  Finally, the course covers topics specific to the industry like mechanized ski guiding, guide's meetings, safety orientations, field books, radios, rescue equipment and customer service.


Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1 course
Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 1 course or equivalent
Current 80 hour First Aid Certificate
Resume showing previous industry or related experience
Back country ski touring resume or trip log documenting experience


The Level 2 course is designed for individuals who have obtained work as an apprentice or trainee guide and have further developed their skills and experiences in back country terrain.  The focus of the program is to prepare the candidates to lead groups under the direction of a Lead Guide.


Summer Glacier Course or equivalent
Canadian Ski Guide Level 1
Canadian Avalanche Association Level 1
Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 2 or equivalent
Employment in a Helicopter or Cat Ski Operation for 2 years and minimum 60 days experience
Back country ski touring resume or trip log documenting experience
Current 80 Hour First Aid Certificate
Recommendation from a mechanized ski industry operator


The Level 3 program is designed for people who have come up through the CSGA program and have been guiding in the mechanized ski industry for at least 2 years under the direction of a Lead Guide.  The focus of this program is is to prepare candidates to lead groups without supervision.


Canadian Ski Guide Level 2
Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2
Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 3
Summer Glacier Course or equivalent
Current 80 Hour First Aid Certificate
Employment in a Helicopter or Snow Cat skiing operation with an additional 2 years with 80 days guiding
Recommendation from mechanized ski industry operator
2 multi day ski tours in high alpine terrain
Ability to guide in second language


This is a skills development course for students engaged in the CSGA program.  The course will include glacier travel, use of crampons and ice axe while travelling on snow and ice, rope techniques, protection, rescue techniques, navigation, route selction, trip preparation and mountaineering ethics.


CSGA Level 1


The 2 day CSGA recurrent training program provides members with the opportunity to maintain and upgrade their skills with the latest guiding and rescue techniques.  The skills courses are offered twice a year, generally in the spring and fall.  All level 3 CSGA members must attend a recurrent training program every 2 years to remain a member in good standing.  


All prospective CSGA instructors are required to attend annual instructor training.  These workshops will offer hands on exposure to the latest in mountain rescue techniques, provide new teaching methods and discuss risk management and loss prevention ideas.


Pre course, Level 1 and Recurrent training can be arranged at locations with appropriate terrain and snow conditions based on sufficient demand if approved by the Technical Committee.




Youth Skills & Development Courses :

Youth Summer Mountain Camp:  August (4 days) 2014

Youth Avalanche Safety Training: December (3 days) 2014

Intro to Ski Touring: April 18 - 21, 2014

Cost: $600 per person, plus 6% GST

Location: Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing, Blue River, BC

Participant Age: 14-18 years of age

Minimum participant numbers: 4 

Maximum participant numbers: 10  

Course Description: This courses will teach the basics of galcier/ mountain travel in the backcountry on skis or split boards. These 3-4 day courses will be spent in the backcountry of the Cariboo and Monashee Mountains.

For more information on these courses please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 250.673.2464.