Program Highlights

The WAS Ski (and Snowboarding) Guide Training Program is designed to allow students to specialize in one field of guiding. The Ski Guide Training program allows students to focus and prepare for entry into examination at the ACMG level. The students will be taught by qualified guides from the basic skills through to multi-night trips in technical alpine terrain. Students applying to this program must pass a WAS skills test and submit a skills resume including the ability to link turns on a blue run, ski varied off-piste snow conditions in control and know how to switch between uphill and downhill mode. Additionally all students must have a basic level of fitness including the ability to walk uphill for one hour at a moderate pace. This program is a sequential set of courses designed to develop the students' ability, skills and decision making while working towards becoming a ski guide. Students will need to practice after each course and build a resume of ski trips and backcountry experiences. Location: On Campus & Sea to Sky mountains.

Program Summary

Program Name: Ski Guide Training Program Hours: 157.5 (Full Time) Length of Study: 5 Months Credits: 8 Credential: Certificate CIC Eligibility: One-year study permit and co-op work permit. Work and Study permits expire upon graduation. Entry Requirements: Minimum 18 years old & Proficiency in English. Physical & Skill resume required. Intake dates: December

WAS Guide Skills Pre-test Policy

WAS Guide program takes students into vast, challenging terrain as part of their education. As such, WAS requires students to meet the prerequisite skills as outlined by their chosen program. Students are required to supply a resume of their skills to the WAS Operations Manager verifying they have met the program prerequisites prior to enrolling in the WAS Guide programs. Further, students will be evaluated by WAS instructors prior to the start of the corresponding program’s courses to ensure they meet the basic skill standards outlined by the programs. For more information or questions, please contact the WAS Operations Manager. Ski Guide

  • Students should be able to ski a blue run comfortably.
  • Students will require a reasonable base level of fitness.
  • Students will have to complete a medical form.
  • Students with a pre-existing medical conditions or health concerns should contact WAS ahead of the course

Courses within the Ski Guide Training Program:

Fundamentals of Ski Guide

Prerequisites - non Course Duration - 15 Hours The Fundamentals course will introduce students to the basic skill sets required for a successful backcountry mountaineering experience. Students will be exposed to avalanche safety and backcountry travel preparation. Students will learn basic ski mountaineering and rescue skills that will grant the ability to effectively use this information in the field. This course covers avalanche safety training 1

Ski Guide Level 2

Prerequisites - AST 1 Course Duration - 67.5 Hours The Level 2 course will further educate students on safe backcountry travel. This course covers avalanche safety training 2, client management, decision making, terrain selection travel preparation, route finding and customer service skills. Students are expected to practice the skills learned in between classes and continue building their backcountry experience.

Ski Guide Level 3

Prerequisites - Level 2 Course Duration - 30 Hours Cost- The level 3 course will prepare students for guide level testing. The curriculum will focus solely on the necessary skill sets needed to apply to the ACMG assistant ski guide exam. The focus is on avalanche safety, client management and managing a guide operation.

Co-op Work Experience

Prerequisites - Level 2 & 3 Course Duration - 45 Hours Cost- The Co-Op work experience will give students real-world experience with on-the-job training. The students will work at least 8 hours per week and consult an additional one hour per week with an instructor. The application of the skills gained through the previous courses will be evaluated and students will gain an understanding of the standards and experience necessary for a career as a ski guide.

Program taught in:
  • English

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