CSGA Ski Touring Course at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing

This past weekend, the Canadian Ski Guide Association hosted a Spring Ski Touring course for Youth. Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Lead Guides Crosby Johnson and Scott Streadwick guided 8 aspiring ski guides into the backcountry terrain of the Cariboos. The course took place over 4 days and it introduced these guys to the skills of ski touring (or splitboarding) as well as winter camping and survival. Of course, it’s important to have fun and get some fresh pow turns along the way. The group had an excellent time with awe inspiring views, great snow conditions, new skills learned, and many stories to share with their family and friends.

The CSGA believes in building a mountain culture from a very early age and continuing on through the years to the full guide certification and beyond. That’s why there are programs starting at 5 years old. The CSGA Youth Development Program for 14-18 year olds is a 3-part program to introduce youth to safe, fun backcountry travel. The courses can be taken in any order. When completed, the student will receive a certificate of completion. The next course in the series is the Summer Mountain Camp taking place this August. Stay up to date on program details on the Canadian Ski Guide Association website.

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The group is ready for a lift into the backcountry.

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Luxury mountain living at its finest.


Lead Guide Crosby enjoying a mountain lunch.


Honorary ski guide, Suzy, breaks trail.


Lead Guide Scott leans in to capture the group and a stunning backdrop.


Learning the ropes of snow science.


The hard work to tour to the top of the mountain pays off on the way down.


Night time trek back to the cabin.


Time to head home!