Ski Touring Clinics – Fernie

This is a great opportunity to gain local terrain knowledge, as the primary objective is to find good skiing! All aspects of ski touring will also be coached, such as techniques for managing your gear and comfort, what to pack, route-finding, track setting, techniques for difficult ascents, and more.

About the Course

Curriculum: On-mountain mentorship from an experienced, local, ACMG Ski Guide. The day will start off with a basic avalanche safety briefing before heading out for a full day of ski touring. This is a great opportunity to gain local terrain knowledge, as the primary objective is to find good skiing! All aspects of ski touring will also be coached, such as techniques for managing your gear and comfort, what to pack, route-finding, track setting, techniques for difficult ascents, and more.

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our Instructors and Guides

The Mountain Addicts team is obsessed with safety. All of our guides are members of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). The ACMG is the only internationally recognized professional association of trained and certified mountain guides and instructors in Canada. Our guides come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and Mountain Addicts will find your perfect match.

Mel Makepeace

Ski Guide & Owner
Mel is the owner of Mountain Addicts, an ACMG Ski Guide and Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. She began her career as a ski patroller in 2008 and now travels the world ski touring and heli-ski guiding. Mel particularly loves facilitating mountain travel confidence in women.

Corin Lohmann

Ski Guide
Corin loves sharing the mountain experience and the connections that are made while learning and exploring in the backcountry. Since 2011, Corin has been guiding ski trips in the mountains of Western Canada. He lives in Fernie with his family and spends his summers running icewalks.com ; a glacier guiding business in Jasper National Park.

Tyler McMillan

Ski Guide
Tyler started his career as a ski patroller in Fernie almost 20 years ago, before moving on to become a well rounded ski touring, heliskiing, and catskiing guide. He loves finding good snow and interesting terrain, and watching guests exceed their abilities in the backcountry.

Steve Kloepzig

Ski Guide
“Big” Steve Kloepzig has over 20 years of guiding experience in the Elk Valley and is one of the most requested guides at Mountain Addicts and Island Lake Catskiing. To say that Steve is passionate about sharing his mountain wisdom would be the understatement of the year.

Melissa Saarinen

Apprentice Ski Guide
Mel was born into a family of accomplished professional skiers and is keeping with family tradition herself. Former ski patroller and cat-skiing guide, Mel is now a dedicated avalanche educator and ski touring guide. She loves making tracks where there aren't any.

More Info

  • Ability to travel approximately 1000 meters uphill over the course of the day
  • Familiarity with uphill travel gear and able to switch between walk and ski modes

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