For those keen to gain self reliance in the backcountry ski or snowboard arena, the Pathfinder Program will give you the skills to have fun and stay safe while exploring the untracked mountain environment.
You will improve your ski or snowboard technique and tactics for off piste conditions while building confidence and learning the keys to survival in a remote winter mountain environment. Skills such as trip preparation, navigation, route finding, winter camping, avalanche safety, wilderness first aid and crevasse rescue will all become second nature.
For those looking to gain leadership skills, this course will earn you 3 basic certifications that are prerequisite to the guiding industry and give you plenty of opportunities to lead the group in real life scenarios under the supervision of professional mountain guides.
There is never a dull moment on course especially on the multi-day backcountry excursions… all culminating with an amazing helicopter access ski/board mountaineering trip to finish off the program. You’ll have some serious adventures to tell the grand kids about!
Prior backcountry experience is not required… however applicants should be confident skiers or snowboarders, have a good level of physical fitness and a strong sense of adventure.
Upon finishing the course you will receive a Pathfinder Program Certificate of Completion.
Note* Schedule and trip locations may vary due to weather conditions and group needs.
At Section 8 there’s always fun stuff to do in your spare time on the weekends. Activities are usually chosen by group consensus but to give you an idea, these are things we’ve done in the past:
Enhance your Section 8 experience by adding our infamous surf week to the end of your course…
Note: A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 CAD is required to confirm your space on the program.