Canada has a long tradition of professional mountain guiding. Beginning in the late 1800’s the Canadian Pacific Railway hired the first Swiss guides to lead mountaineers to the summits of unclimbed peaks in the Canadian Alps. The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) was formed in 1963 with the encouragement of Parks Canada. By 1966, a program for training and certifying guides was in place. In 1972, the ACMG became the first non-European member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA), the international body that sets professional standards for mountain guides worldwide.
At Chatter Creek two guides accompany each group of cat skiers and cat boarders, one guide and one tail guide. The guides are professionally trained and certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. ACMG guides are trained to provide experience-based decision-making in the field to balance two important facets of your trip – the feeling of adventure and your safety. The training and certification program requires 4 to 8 years to complete and includes the following instruction and assessment criteria; mountain hazard management, avalanche forecasting and prediction, advanced first aid certification and improvised rescue response.