The 10 day ski mountaineering guide course actually culminates with a 3 day mini-exam, so that candidates are then tested and certified to an assistant guide level. Over these 3 days, we take a close look at how they perform in 9 different areas:
- Risk Management
- Client care
- Technical Systems
- Terrain Assessment
- Movement Skills
- Mountain Sense
- Instructional Technique
The first day's objective was to tour in to Keith's Hut, get settled and then take us on a quick powder skiing tour near the hut.
Day two was to try and summit Mt Matier and ski the Anniversary Glacier and some other smaller summits in the area.
Day three was to ski the Twin One glacier and ski out from the Hut.
Here are a few photos of the days to give you an idea of what we were up to. Right now I am trying to edit a video that will showcase what the candidates do during these exams.
White out peak scrambling. Rime doesn't ski so well, let's leave the skis behind for the summit of Hartzell.