How to Choose a Guide for Cat Skiing
You often hear that you don’t need to worry about health and safety concerns when going cat skiing, because all of the more well known operators only employ professional guides. But what does this really mean and how can you tell if your guide’s qualification is fit for purpose? There are undoubtedly many types of qualification in the skiing world, but the only way for a mountain guide to certify that he or she is sufficiently trained to guide groups of cat or heli skiers is by passing the Level 3 Canadian Ski Guide (CSG) exam. Catskiing.
Over the past couple of decades, such exams have been held biannually and only the best few were able to pass it. The assessment lasts for nine days and is specifically designed for those who wish to lead or take charge of heli or cat skiing and boarding operations. The exam is comprised of such tasks as terrain assessment and choice, managing groups, Transceiver investigations, and regular and crevasse rescue. The latter is usually undertaken at high altitudes in the more difficult mountain ranges and the whole course is supported by reputable heli and cat skiing companies.
For any guide to even believe he or she can pass these qualifications, at least six years of practice are essential. During this time, the guide will be mentored by seniors, similarly to an apprentice, take first aid courses totalling at least 80 hours as well as completing lower levels courses and passing their associated exams (Level 1 and Level 2). These usually are a Canadian Ski Instructors training programme at both Levels 1 and 2, certified by The Canadian Avalanche society. Cat skiing BC Canada.
Last winter, only four cat skiing guides succeeded in completing all the tests, namely Kieren Gaul, Martin Keyserlingk, Patric Malony and Demian Whitley. In doing so, they all demonstrated great ability and skills, as well as a passion for protecting the safety of their clients. With such people around to make sure you have the best holiday of your life, specifically tailored to your tastes, needs and preferences, nothing should stop you from enjoying your trip to the fullest. Although it is not likely that you will come across any of these individuals the next time you go cat skiing, if you have the least concern regarding the capability of your personal guides, do not hesitate to ask them whether they have passed the CSG Level 3 examinations. You can always request a different one if the answer is not satisfactory.