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Information, Awareness & Practice

As part of our overall safety program and awareness, it is also important to Whitecap that our guests are regularly informed and involved in our daily condition assessments. 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 must travel daily with personal safety equipment and extra gear (see equipment list). Before touring, guests are briefed on current conditions and practice emergency protocols, avalanche rescue techniques, safe mountain travel and correct use of all equipment.  We assess ability and experience to match groups with terrain interests and abilities. 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 (ACMG), and all lead guides are internationally certified 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 focus.

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

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 and often meet to establish a protocol for the current conditions. In the field, observations and tests create opportunities for the best and safest skiing possible and minimize risk.