Each day, twice a day, our guides meet and discuss the current weather and snow conditions and decide on the appropriate ski program for the given conditions.
Highly trained and experienced, our guides practice the most up-to-date methods of snow evaluation and rescue. The safety and comfort of our guests is our primary concern. It is also important to us that all of our guests informed and involved at all times.
Our guides pack the required safety equipment to deal with most emergencies. They also carry radios with a frequency range to communicate with our lodge at all times. At the lodge, we have reliable communication to deal with emergency situations, as well as, additional rescue and first aid equipment.
Our staff and guides are trained in a rescue protocol specific to the lodge. This protocol is a professional and comprehensive snow safety program that follows the strict standards of our industry. In all cases, we try to exceed standard protocol. We do recognize that we cannot provide absolute safety and eliminate risk in the mountain environment. We make standard observations each morning and evening along with a guides meeting to establish protocol for the current conditions. In the field, observations and tests are used to create opportunities for the best and safest skiing possible, as well as minimizing risk.
All guides are certified under the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and all lead guides are internationally certified Mountain Guides governed by the International Federation of Mountain Guide Association (IFMGA).
Whitecap Alpine guests are required to travel with their own safety equipment, as well as, their own extra personal gear during each day (see equipment list).
Canadian Avalanche Association – South Coast Region Avalanche Bulletin
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