Ski & Snowboard Guide Training

ENROLMENT MONTH

November / December

LENGTH OF STUDY

157.5 full time hours within 6 months

CREDITS

8

CREDENTIAL

Certification accredited by PTIB

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SKI GUIDE TRAINING – PROGRAM OVERVIEW

One of the few courses in North America and Canada to teach a true backcountry guiding program, all set in the coast mountain region. The Ski/Snowboard Guide Training Program gives students the opportunity to enlarge their backcountry skill set and pursue a career in guiding if they wish. The program consists of 157.5 full time hours completed over a 6 month period.

An on-snow and hands-on program that teaches students in depth backcountry skills including backcountry route planning, crevasse rescue, avalanche safety training and guiding amongst many other exciting elements. Throughout the program, students train in alpine terrain, building a resume of trips and backcountry experiences that also supports preparing for an ACMG / UIAGM Ski Guide level, if this path is chosen.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Focused towards the experienced skier/snowboarder with some backcountry experience who wants to gain further knowledge for their own and others safety and/or is looking to get prepared for their ACMG/IFMGA Guide exams.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Backcountry ski/snowboard touring and high elevation glacier touring
  • Steep skiing and glade steep skiing
  • Route planning, navigation and forecasting for backcountry guiding trips
  • Relevant rope work and climbing skills
  • Crevasse rescue with teams and self-rescue
  • Rappelling from rock horn anchors into couloir
  • Winter camping skills
  • Risk Management protocols and safety for clients
  • Guiding clients professionalism

CERTIFICATIONS OBTAINED

  • Program certificate
  • Canadian Avalanche Safety Levels 1 and 2 (AST1 and AST2)

POSSIBLE CAREER OCCUPATIONS

  • Apprentice or intern ski/snowboard mountain guide
  • Guide operations assistant/manager
  • Guide customer service assistant/manager

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition Fee International$5,000 CAD
Tuition Fee Local$3,500 CAD
Application Fee$125 CAD
Ski Gear Rental Fee$150 CAD
Ski Gear Rental Deposit$250 CAD
Online Payment

WAS GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Proficient in English

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Advanced skier/snowboarder with own touring set up (Powder skis or Split-board)
  • Able to ski/ride black/double black runs in home country comfortably in powder
  • Ideally have some backcountry experience

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

SPECIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Additional physical requirements are necessary
Admissions Requirements

COURSES

CourseProgramMonthHours
Ski Guide Level 1Ski & Snowboard Guide TrainingDecember22.5
Ski Guide Level 2Ski & Snowboard Guide TrainingDecember67.5
Ski Guide Level 3Ski & Snowboard Guide TrainingMarch67.5
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CHRIS LAWERENCE

Chris is an internationally certified guide who has been working for thirty years in the mountains, both in summer and winter. He calls Squamish home but loves to travel and explore whether on foot, ski or a bicycle.


GUILLAUME OTIS

As owner and lead guide of Coast Mountain Guides, you may find Guillaume Otis anchored to a granite face, carefully analyzing a snow stability compression test or carving epic powder lines. Inspired by the outdoors and driven by nature he relocated from Quebec to the West Coast in his late teens and followed his dream to become a guide.

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Alpine Guide Training

ENROLMENT MONTH

July

LENGTH OF STUDY

157.5 full time hours within 6 months

CREDITS

8

CREDENTIAL

Certification accredited by PTIB

Apply Today

ALPINE GUIDE TRAINING – PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Alpine Guide Training Program consists of 157.5 full time hours completed over a 6 month period and introduces the fundamental skills to alpine mountaineering techniques and backcountry guiding. Students are able to strengthen their own alpine techniques and/or to prepare for a career as an ACMG/IFMGA guide assistant.

Students learn the fundamentals to alpine mountaineering and are immersed in the alpine of the Whistler valley, where they practice their newly learned skills in “real world” situations. Throughout the program, students will be building a resume of trips and backcountry experiences to help prepare them to reach an ACMG/IFMGA level, if chosen.

WHO IS IT FOR?

This specific program is aimed at the experienced climber/mountaineer who is looking to extend their skills into the alpine mountaineering territory.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Mountaineering on rock, snow, ice with necessary equipment
  • Glacier travelling, multi-pitch ascents and descents
  • Alpine climbing and rescue techniques
  • Knots and anchors
  • Rappelling and belaying
  • Route planning, navigation and forecasting for guided trips
  • Risk management protocols and safety for clients
  • Guiding standards

CERTIFICATIONS OBTAINED

  • Program certificate

POSSIBLE CAREER OCCUPATIONS

  • Apprentice or intern alpine mountain guide
  • Guide operations assistant/manager
  • Guide customer service assistant/manager

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition Fee International$5,000 CAD
Tuition Fee Local$3,500 CAD
Application Fee$125 CAD
Online Payment

WAS GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Proficient in English

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Rock Guide Training Program or
  • Advanced Rock Climbing Skills (comfortable 6+)

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

SPECIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Additional physical requirements are necessary
Admissions Requirements

COURSES

CourseProgramMonthHours
Alpine Guide Level 1Alpine Guide TrainingJuly22.5
Alpine Guide Level 2Alpine Guide TrainingJuly/August67.5
Alpine Guide Level 3Alpine Guide TrainingAugust/September67.5
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CHRIS LAWERENCE

Chris is an internationally certified guide who has been working for thirty years in the mountains, both in summer and winter. He calls Squamish home but loves to travel and explore whether on foot, ski or a bicycle.


GUILLAUME OTIS

As owner and lead guide of Coast Mountain Guides, you may find Guillaume Otis anchored to a granite face, carefully analyzing a snow stability compression test or carving epic powder lines. Inspired by the outdoors and driven by nature he relocated from Quebec to the West Coast in his late teens and followed his dream to become a guide.

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Rock Guide Training

ENROLMENT MONTH

July

LENGTH OF STUDY

157.5 full time hours within 6 months

CREDITS

8

CREDENTIAL

Certification accredited by PTIB

Apply Today

ROCK GUIDE – PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Rock Guide Training Program consists of 157.5 full time hours completed over a 6 month period and introduces fundamental skills to rock climbing and guiding. Students gain the skills to strengthen their own rock climbing abilities and/or to prepare for a career as an ACMG/IFMGA guide assistant.

Students learn a variety of rock climbing techniques such as crack climbing, face climbing, the mechanics of rappelling, multi-pitch rock climbing and develop lesson plans for teaching presentations to guiding clients. Throughout the program, students build a resume of rock climbs and multi-pitch experiences that also supports preparing for reaching an ACMG/UIAGM level, if chosen.

WHO IS IT FOR?

This program is predominantly aimed at those who have some rock climbing experience, ideally outdoor but indoor climbers or people with a high interest in climbing and no experience also fit the program well. The course is physically demanding and all students should have a good level of fitness to be climbing a full day for up to 5 days consistently.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Various climbing techniques and necessary equipment
  • Rappelling and multi pitch
  • Route planning, navigation and forecasting for guided trips
  • Risk management protocols and safety for clients
  • Customer service excellence for guiding businesses
  • Guiding standards

CERTIFICATIONS OBTAINED

  • Program certificate

POSSIBLE CAREER OCCUPATIONS

  • Apprentice or intern rock mountain guide
  • Guide operations assistant/manager
  • Guide customer assistant/service manager

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition Fee International$5,000 CAD
Tuition Fee Local$3,500 CAD
Application Fee$125 CAD
Online Payment

WAS GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Proficient in English

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • None

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

SPECIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Additional physical requirements are necessary
Admissions Requirements

COURSES

CourseProgramMonthHours
Rock Guide Level 1Rock Guide TrainingJuly22.5
Rock Guide Level 2Rock Guide TrainingJuly/August67.5
Rock Guide Level 3Rock Guide TrainingAugust/September67.5
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CHRIS LAWERENCE

Chris is an internationally certified guide who has been working for thirty years in the mountains, both in summer and winter. He calls Squamish home but loves to travel and explore whether on foot, ski or a bicycle.


GUILLAUME OTIS

As owner and lead guide of Coast Mountain Guides, you may find Guillaume Otis anchored to a granite face, carefully analyzing a snow stability compression test or carving epic powder lines. Inspired by the outdoors and driven by nature he relocated from Quebec to the West Coast in his late teens and followed his dream to become a guide.

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Bike Guide Training

ENROLMENT MONTH

March / April

LENGTH OF STUDY

197.5 full time hours within 6 months

CREDITS

12

CREDENTIAL

Certification accredited by PTIB

Apply Today

The ideal course for an individual looking to take their mountain biking skills to the next level and start guiding, especially in the backcountry. The 197.5 hrs Bike Guide program incorporates the 80hrs Wilderness First Responder and on-trail mechanics in addition to the PMBI Level 1 instructor and a course dedicated to the skills involved in guiding clients. To conclude the program, students complete a 50hr co-operative work experience within a guiding role. Some past co-op partners have included Whistler Blackcomb, Tyax Adventures and Arbutus Routes.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Accomplished mountain bikers who are looking to start guiding would benefit most from this program. Students should be comfortable with riding black trails and above in their home country and have an awareness and experience of trail and downhill riding.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Guiding mountain bike clients in a backcountry environment
  • On-trail repair methods and techniques
  • Foundation of mountain bike instructing
  • Knowledge of wilderness first aid techniques

CERTIFICATIONS OBTAINED

  • Program certificate
  • Wilderness First Responder certificate
  • PMBI Instructor Level 1 certificate

POSSIBLE CAREER OCCUPATIONS

  • Bike Park Guide
  • Assistant Backcountry/Heli Guide
  • Trail Guide

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition Fee International$5,150 CAD
Tuition Fee Local$3,650 CAD
Application Fee$125 CAD
Lab Supplies$75 CAD
Online Payment

WAS GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Proficient in English

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Advanced mountain bike skills, capable of riding black trails and advanced terrain

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Full suspension Trail/Enduro Bike

SPECIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Additional physical requirements are necessary
Admissions Requirements

COURSES

CourseProgramMonthHours
Wilderness First ResponderBike Guide TrainingApril80
Instructor Level 1Bike Guide TrainingMay22.5
Trail MechanicsBike Guide TrainingJune22.5
Guiding ClientsBike Guide TrainingJuly22.5
Bike Guide Co-opBike Guide Training50
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CHRIS CLARK

Chris took up mountain bike racing as a young teenager, as a result was encouraged to learn how to maintain his own bike. Chris has grown up racing mtb’s and moved to Whistler where he’s worked in many local bike shops, moving up from being the quiet young grom at Whistler Bike Co to head mechanic for Comor Sports.


SAM MCDONALD

Sam has modified almost every ski boot on the market, punched more shells, and molded more custom boots than anyone else in Whistler. He has spent the last 15 years working through the Surefoot ranks until being given his own flagship store in the heart of Whistler.

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Adventure Tourism Winter 

ENROLMENT MONTH

November

LENGTH OF STUDY

270 full time hours within 6 months

CREDITS

12

CREDENTIAL

Certification accredited by PTIB

Apply Today

ADVENTURE TOURISM WINTER – PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Adventure Tourism Winter Program teaches students a range of skills to prepare them for winter backcountry outings. Students learn the fundamentals of backcountry travel with exposure to all types of terrain from rivers to mountains, rock walls and alpine peaks. At the end students apply their skills in an co-operative placement to gain work experience.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Those with an interest in winter activities with no prior experience needed.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • To feel accomplished with all the fundamentals of Backcountry Adventure travel

CERTIFICATIONS OBTAINED

  • Program certificate

POSSIBLE CAREER OCCUPATIONS

  • Snowmobile Guide
  • Backcountry Lodge staff

PROGRAM COSTS

Tuition Fee International$7,000 CAD
Tuition Fee Local$5,000 CAD
Application Fee$125 CAD
Snowmobile Rental$500 CAD
Helmet Rental$75 CAD
Online Payment

WAS GENERAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Proficient in English

PROGRAM SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum 19 years old
  • Valid Driver License

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

SPECIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Additional physical requirements are necessary
Admissions Requirements

COURSES

CourseProgramMonthHours
Snowmobile GuideAdventure Tourism WinterNovember67.5
Backcountry Skiing/SnowboardingAdventure Tourism WinterDecember67.5
Snow OrientationAdventure Tourism WinterJanuary67.5
Co-op Work ExperienceAdventure Tourism WinterFebruary67.5
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CHRIS LAWERENCE

Chris is an internationally certified guide who has been working for thirty years in the mountains, both in summer and winter. He calls Squamish home but loves to travel and explore whether on foot, ski or a bicycle.


GUILLAUME OTIS

As owner and lead guide of Coast Mountain Guides, you may find Guillaume Otis anchored to a granite face, carefully analyzing a snow stability compression test or carving epic powder lines. Inspired by the outdoors and driven by nature he relocated from Quebec to the West Coast in his late teens and followed his dream to become a guide.

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