Guides & Safety
At Baldface safety is our number one priority. Our guides strictly follow and exceed snowcat skiing industry standards for safety. All of our guides are certified with the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) or CSGA (Canadian Ski Guide Association) and the CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association. All guides are trained in mountain rescue and have advanced first aid certification.
Baldface guides pride themselves on providing the guests with an authentic Kootenay powder experience, we consider each new and returning guest as a member of our extended family. We are excited to share our knowledge and love for the mountains and help each and every guest grow into a confident, strong and safe backcountry rider. We believe every guest from intermediate/advanced to pro should leave Baldface with the stoke we all share.
At Baldface we have a dedicated snow safety team, two guides assigned to providing detailed observations of snow and conditions through snow stability tests and field observations. The snow safety team works directly with the road builders in providing safe roads to new terrain, offering our guest the best quality snow in our 32,000 acre tenure.
At Baldface all guides carry a rescue pack containing probe, shovel, first aid, as well as all the guide essentials; we also have two guest packs per cat containing two shovels, two probes and a radio, and ask that guests take turns wearing a pack throughout their day of skiing/riding.
On your first morning at Baldface you will take part in a detailed safety briefing and practice. This includes instructions on the use of the avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, review of guest packs, avalanche rescue practice, safe group travel in the backcountry, snow cat safety and a detailed mountain safety talk.
As well as training through guiding certifications, all of our guides are continually training in avalanche and mountain rescue, first aid, and snow science. Baldface hosts annual training before the start of every winter season for all guides and staff, this training covers rescue and safety procedures and practice so the staff can be prepared for any and all emergencies.
Prior to your trip to Baldface we ask that you read, review and sign the assumption of risk waiver.