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SHREDIQUETTE FOR THE PUNKS THAT NEED IT MOST

The kids are learning, but they’ve still got a ways to go. So we’ve created the ultimate finishing school: four days of hauling water, sweating up skin tracks, doing dishes, talking limits, learning lessons and HAVING THE BEST TIME EVER WITHOUT THE INTERNET.

With home-court advantage at Blanket Glacier Chalet, ACMG Guide and Avalanche Professional Marty Schaffer will lead the whole gang through the terrain he was once a sassy teenager in, teaching the kids everything he knows about the place and the lessons that you can take away from it. We will add a few surprise top pro skiers like Chris Rubens, Lexi Dupont or Sammy Carlson who will teach these young padawans how to safely get into the zones that they want to be in. This group “adults” know what it’s like to be young and hungry for pow. Now, they want to pass on their knowledge to the next generation and set them up on a path for safety in the backcountry.

This is not a huck-fest. This is a chance to learn the skills, knowledge and respect that it takes to make grown-up decisions in a remote, uncontrolled, backcountry playground (that will forever bring out the little kid in us all). A Capow! education: eliminating the “kids these days” stereotype, one by one.

GROUP DYNAMICS

  • The Ultimate Backcountry Educational Youth Camp
  • Curriculum in Terrain These Young Gunz Seek
  • Ages 15-19
  • 2 ACMG Guides
  • 2-3 Professional Skier Coaches
  • Targeting Youth That Seek a Lifetime in the Backcountry
  • Parent Consent Required for Entry - Includes Phone Call with Lead Guide Marty

HUH?Required
CAP-Abilities

Capabilities

Group dynamics and vibe are so key in the backcountry. We excel in connecting the right environment for your ability, personality and interests. Think of us like the backcountry matchmakers; hook it up with the right guide, crew and direction for your experience. We’ve developed a way for you to communicate using your hands. Be honest and use this format to communicate your vibe.

Peace Sign

Experience: You have a day or two out touring with friends but feel new and intimidated with 1) the term “complex terrain” 2) Transitions 3) multi peak day 4) Your outfit
Fitness: Love the outdoors, but wish you could get out more. A full day is fine, but prefer lots of snack breaks
Shredability: Strong intermediate. Can shred at least 85% of inbounds terrain at your local resort.

Shakka Brah

Experience: Completed either an Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 course or been guided backcountry skiing before. Generally proficient and confident with mountain travel. Limited experience in complex terrain, but excited to #exploremore
Fitness: Bring on a big day, but let’s talk the whole way. There’s more to life then panting for air.
Shredability: Advanced. Will shred all terrain and comfortable in changing snow conditions

Devil Horns

Experience: You’ve been out there doing this for years maybe even completed an AST 2. You own an ice axe and aren’t afraid to use it.
Fitness: So you’re fit, and you identify yourself as such. You’re looking for big days and big vert.
Shredability: Humility is good but you can ski any terrain and make it look good.

Air Guitar

Experience: Years of backcountry touring in complex terrain and a credible level of avalanche training. More-than-proficient with technical equipment: ice axe, crampons, roping up on a glacier.
Fitness: You think you can actually hang with Greg Hill?… the guy that ski toured 2 million vertical in a season.
Shredability: Rappel into a couloir or 10,000+ ft days – BRING IT

Peace Sign
Shaka Bra
Devil Horns
Air Guitar

Trip Dates

Dec 20-24, 2019

$1698/person

Itinerary

Night before

Valley Retreat Revelstoke. Meet the crew and get ready for tomorrow

6am

Breakfast and waiver signing. 10min drive to heli staging area

730am

Flights in and out of Chalet

9am

Avalanche training

10am

Hit the trail

7pm

Dinner

7am

Breakfast with the backcountry PROcess (Update in Avalanche and Weather Conditions)

830am

Full day of travel

More Questions?

What the FAQ?

Ages 15-19 years old. We can not accept ages any younger

A lot of avalanche education! We will focus on the process of decision making. All students will receive an AST Level 1 certificate. First nights accommodation at Valley Retreat. Breakfast the first morning. Lunch bag when we meet the first day. Awesome 10 minute heli ride to and from the Chalet with an A-Star. Avalanche safety training. All home cooked meals which include a 2 Course Breakfast, Large lunch spread (including SNACKS), Appies when you first get back. Large dinner. Lodging including a comfortable bed with fresh pillow slip

A positive attitude and willingness to learn. Don’t leave home without it! // You will need to provide your own transport to and from Revelstoke, which includes a 20min drive south of Revy to our staging area. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and bed sheet. We have a sweet sauna, bring a towel but a swimsuit is up to your comfort level. You will need all your own ski touring gear and avalanche safety equipment. Gratuity is not included. We do not provide travel and/or cancelation insurance.

Marty Schaffer (ACMG Ski Guide & Avalanche Professional Member) is the lead guide. He will be joined by another ACMG Guide with two other pro skiers. There will always be a certified guide with students. The Pro Skiers are used as additional help in the field, coaching through terrain and tail guiding.

Y-E-S. There is inherent risk in the activities we are partaking in. From flying in with a helicopter to backcountry travel. Please take the time to discuss with Marty if you have any questions. We are exposed to a remote and uncontrolled environment. It is vital to us that you understand what you or your child is getting into. We use a waiver and parent consent form for you to understand these risks, use this document as a way to communicate to us that you understand. Expect to see a copy upon booking, we require families to sign prior to the trip. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions – marty@capow.ca

This trip is backcountry educational focused... not a huckfest. It is vital that we trust each participant to keep their skiing in check. We want to set this group up for success with backcountry decision making and will apply this in fun terrain. We will put a lot of trust in skiers to keep in control.

Its simple, we have a zero tolerance policy. If Students are acting out or not listening we will fly them out at the cost covered by the family. You MUST remain under your best behaviour at all times.

The morning of the first day. We have an entire house booked for the first night. There is no set time to check in, but if you come early (anytime after 4pm) you can get everyone together.

For emergencies only - Have them contact Jami, our base manager ~ Info@capow.ca. She will contact us via radio and you can call out with our sat phone. We have our radio on 24/7.

YES. Food is a very important part of this trip. If you have a special request let us know! Let us know early and communicate with our chef. You can't decide to change your diet once you’re up there or choose to change your diet because those cinnamon buns look aaaamazing. We have to fly everything up, so if you can't just change because you feel like it. You will fill out a dietary request when you book, we will take it seriously

Valley Retreat is at - 3250 Airport Way, Revelstoke, BC - Transportation to and from the staging area is up to you. Get yourself to Revelstoke the night before the trip. Kelowna is a 2.5hr drive from the airport and the most reliable. There is a shuttle service, The stoke shuttle with trips daily in the winter season. Calgary and Spokane are also options, just further away. Heli flights out of the Chalet are planned for first thing in the morning on the final day, but weather can delay these flights. Do not plan a mid afternoon flight out of Kelowna for your way home.

Males and females will be split. There will be staff member staying in the main chalet in their own rooms to make sure there is no "partying" happening during this trip. This is a backcountry ski trip, NO drugs or alcohol will be tolerated.

Everynight we have the sauna going. We have water on the wood stove that heats up for a shower. Just because our terrain isn’t groomed, doesn’t mean you can't be.

Yes... but don't bring things like laptops? Theres no wifi, and you're not going to get any work done up there!

There is no wifi! Guides have access to snow and avalanche information.

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