Selkirk Snowcat Skiing is keenly aware how important it is to give back to those who allow us to operate this magical place.
Once our season ends we open our doors and to three industry related groups. For the second year running, we held a 10 day CSGA (Canadian Ski Guides Association) Level 1 course. Course coordinator, Kevin Marr puts 12 aspiring guides through their paces testing avalanche skills, rope rescue techniques, and snow profiles.
The local high school ATLAS (Adventure Travel, Leadership and Safety) class also joined us to experience a day in the life of a ski guide. Beginning with a 6:30am meeting, they discuss current weather and avalanche hazards and choose appropriate runs for the day. They also spend time in the kitchen and those dish pan hands are quickly forgotten when exchanged for two days of cat skiing on Meadow Mountain.
Nelson Search & Rescue also joined us for some advanced avalanche rescue training using their mobile rescue units. We are honoured to host these hard working and aspiring young professionals. What a great way to give back to the industry and the local community, both of whom are integral to our continued success.