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Information, Awareness & Practice

As part of our overall safer program and awareness, it is also important to Whitecap that all of our guests are regularly informed and involved in our safety assessments throughout the day. Whitecap’s experienced and internationally certified Mountain Guides follow a professional and comprehensive snow safety program that follows the strictest standards in our industry. In all cases, we try to exceed standard protocol.

Whitecap guests are required to travel with their own safety equipment and extra personal gear during each day (see equipment list). Before touring, guests are briefed and practice emergency protocols, avalanche rescue techniques, safe mountain travel and correct use of all equipment. Updates on current conditions are provided. We assess ability and experience to match groups with terrain interest, and ability. Avalanche courses from an accredited provider are recommended.

Our Guides

Whitecap’s experienced mountain guides are all certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and all lead guides are internationally certifed by the International Federation of Mountain Guide Association (IFMGA). Our Guides practice the most up-to-date methods of snow evaluation and rescue techniques. The safety and comfort of our guests is always our primary concern. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us at anytime.

Whitecap’s McGillivray Pass Lodge is equipped with complete and up-to-date rescue and first aid equipment. All of Whitecap’s experienced staff and internationally certified Mountain Guides are trained in a rescue protocol specific to the lodge, and typical field operation. We have in place a comprehensive communication network to deal with all emergency situations. In addition, we have contingency for outside resources to aid and assist in any emergency situation.

Whitecap recognizes we cannot provide absolute safety and eliminate risk in the mountain environment. Our internationally certified Mountain Guides make standard observations each morning and evening. Our guides meet often 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 able to communicate with each other and to the lodge at all times.