BIT Program 2020: 5 January 2020

BIT Program 2020

Leaders: Rod Plasman, Angela Pierotti, Clifton Potter, Fiona Mulvenna, Steven Gasser,Jim McIvor, Kevin Sauer,  Katie Kully, Jessica Meunier, Mark Johns,  Barbara Tilley, Marg Rees, Jason Billings, Myndi Quirion, John Meyer

Overall Objectives:

Introduce people to skiing in the back country

Teach participants how to be good, responsible ski partners

Introduce people to the Alpine Club Of Canada, Rocky Mtn Section

Provide a means for aspiring winter leaders to learn leadership skills

The BIT Program is not a skiing instruction program. Participants need to have downhill skiing ability to at least an intermediate level.

Full Day Session (January 5)


Discuss program objectives

Discuss plans for trips

Introduce the ACC

Review gear requirements

Discuss weekend plans


Avalanche Hazard Scale



Getting information prior to the trip

Human Factor


Think like an avalanche video

A lot of this is straight out of the AST 1 course.


A Dozen More Turns Video

Review trip schedule

Introduce section camps

Human Factors Continued

Review on avalanches

Gear maintenance

Group Travel

Tips for whiteout skiing

Measuring slope angle

Final plans for the weekend

Upcoming camps

Review volunteer opportunities

Note: Trip dates may be changed depending on weather, conditions and avalanche conditions.

Trip 1 (January 18) Chester Lake

Get familiar with gear

Get a feel for going up and down

Introductory look at avalanche terrain

Get a feel for participants abilities and fitness

Get to know the participants

Give the participants a chance to know the leaders

Trip 2

(February 1)


Develop transceiver skills

Develop rescue scenario skills

Skiing is not a part of this trip’s objectives

Quarry in Vermilion Pass (or Canmore if there is enough snow)

Trip 3 (February 9)



View avalanche paths: point out start zones, tracks and runouts; look for damaged trees

Look for signs of avalanching

Look for examples of terrain that fits the 3 ATES ratings

Point out convexities and concavities

Look for pillows

Identify terrain traps

Look for cross loading

Slope assessment using the obvious clues method

Route finding

Travel in avalanche terrain


Chickadee Valley

Murray Basin

Black Prince

Burstall Pass

Pig’s Back

Trip 4 (February 29)


Get some good skiing in


Crowfoot Pass

Stanley Glacier

Purple Bowl

Chickadee Valley


Participants who attend all four programs and evening sessions will have covered all of the material that is taught in the CAA AST 1 course. As most of the volunteer leaders are not CAA Level 1 certified, we cannot give out a certificate. Also making this an AST 1 course would severely limit our terrain options for the trips.


(info for members only)


Sunday, January 5, 2020 to Sunday, March 1, 2020


Day Trips


Easy / Moderate


  • 2 - Challenging

Members only