Photo courtesy of our friend and professional photographer, Matt Kennedy. Matt came on the Ymir ‘18 course and shot some beautiful images.

Photo courtesy of our friend and professional photographer, Matt Kennedy. Matt came on the Ymir ‘18 course and shot some beautiful images.

 And there he is on the down, Matt Kennedy (his photo, left), getting the goods on one of our best days at Ymir.

And there he is on the down, Matt Kennedy (his photo, left), getting the goods on one of our best days at Ymir.

Ymir Lodge AIARE 2, March 2-8, 2019 — a once-in-a-lifetime chance to study with colin zacharias

Colin Zacharias has been the head guide at CMH-Bugaboos lodge, a snow-safety director at the Calgary Olympics, AIARE’s technical director for the past half-decade, and an internationally licensed mountain guide for nearly 40 winters. He’s also a lead author on the new AIARE curriculum. March 2-8, Rob and Colin will deliver this curriculum at Ymir Lodge, giving students ample time to assimilate the info, apply it in the field, and receive immediate feedback during the course. The formal curriculum calls for three days in the field and classroom, but we’ll spend six days on it, allowing our team a much deeper dive into the art, science, and practice of avalanche risk-management and decision-making. This will be the only recreational course Colin delivers in 2019.

 Students scope terrain under the watchful eye of Colin Zacharias.

Students scope terrain under the watchful eye of Colin Zacharias.

 We lucked out on weather in ‘18.

We lucked out on weather in ‘18.

Ymir lodge, march 2-8, heli in/out, private chef, six days of guided avy course in the deep BC snowpack!

We’ll meet in Nelson, British Columbia, at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Cloudside Hotel, for an orientation meeting. The following morning we fly into the lodge late-morn and then it’s time to tour, eat, sleep, and tour some more! Daily lectures, private chef to keep us fueled, daily ski tours between three and seven hours. Pit demos, evening lectures, endless discussions and questions. Six days gives us the opportunity to revisit topics and really apply skills—no sense of urgency or being rushed. Colin and Rob delivered this same course/itinerary last year and it was a wonderful experience for everybody. Feel free to contact Rob (info@vettamountainguides.com) for more information.