Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing Youth Initiatives

Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing Help Youth Access Avalanche Skills Training. 

Avalanche Canada is proud to be working with Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing on two new initiatives to help support youth accessing the backcountry safely. 

As backcountry use increases, so does the number of young people exploring the mountains outside of managed riding areas. We know that young people often face financial barriers to entry in getting the gear and training they need to make safe choices when they recreate. In a bid to reduce these barriers, Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing have generously donated funds and resources to facilitate a free youth AST 1 course in Revelstoke, and a youth grant open to people under 30 across Canada. 

The AST 1 course has 10 places. Five places were allocated during our successful Staying Alive avalanche safety event. The remaining five will be filled by students of Revelstoke Secondary School. The course will be held at Revelstoke Mountain Resort and taught by Selkirk Tangiers’ own guides. 

The youth grant will provide four young people with a transceiver, probe, and shovel, and an AST 1 course with an Avalanche Canada Training provider of their choice. This will be open for applicants until December 3.  

These initiatives are only made possible by the generous support of Selkirk Tangiers Heli Skiing and will make a significant impact on the young people who receive them. Working together, we’ll help young people make safer choices in the backcountry.

An Avalanche Canada instructor performs a compression test in front of a group of youth.

Photo: Agathe Bernard.