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Winter Travel 15

3 credit course

Group bookings available for Winter 2018

This course focuses on experiential learning and best practices for winter travel in mountain environments with an overarching goal of YOUTH ENGAGEMENT in STEWARDSHIP.

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General Winter Travel 15 Course Information

  • Winter Travel 15 is a locally developed course offered by Canadian Rockies Public Schools
  • Winter Travel 15 is open to students in Grade 10-12.
  • This is a 3-credit course with approximately 75 hours of instruction.
  • Winter Travel 15 can accommodate up to 18 students.
  • No prerequisite courses are necessary but please be aware that it is a prerequisite for this course that students be able to downhill ski or snowboard a green level run. Students without prior experience on downhill skis or snowboard should take a lesson(s) prior to the program. All students participating in the program will also take a lesson (included) with professional CSIA Ski Instructors on the first day of the program. This course involves full days of activity in an outdoor environment so a basic level of physical fitness is also recommended.
  • Students are also expected to provide their own outdoor clothing and winter footwear suitable for the activity.

General Winter Travel 15 Learning Outcomes

The objective of this project are to build winter travel and navigation skills, an understanding of winter ecosystems and leadership in a context of critical thinking. We feel that this is particularly important as we strive to better educate youth for their own safety and as ambassadors of nature and our wild places. It also highlights a best practice method for inquiry research, problem solving, and analysis.

It is our intention that through this course students will:

  • Display a level of familiarity with techniques and technology that allows them to confidently respond to emergency situations
  • Demonstrate understanding of avalanche safety
  • Develop familiarity with basic navigation and personal safety technology
  • Develop informed decision making skills and build leadership capacity
  • Access and apply online risk management resources

The aforementioned skills will be delivered in the context of the following:

  • Teach and model high quality best practice risk management skills across the outdoor education community
  • Foster and appreciation for terrain diversity
  • Appreciate the global nature of environmental issues
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of multiple technologies

Winter Travel

  • Technique development
  • Terrain evaluation
  • Assessment for avalanche risk
  • Emergency situations

Knowledge and Understanding

  • The Rocky Mountain Natural Region
  • Risk Management Process

Functional Fitness

  • Personal awareness
  • Nutrition

Leadership and Social Skills

  • Taking charge
  • Proactive intervention
  • Self-reflection

Appreciation and Values

  • Stewardship
  • Role modeling
  • Active ambassadorship

Career Exposure and Mentoring

Through the Winter Travel 15 course, students will be exposed to and mentored by a variety of professionals in the outdoor field including: Parks Canada Staff - Education and Public Safety Specialists, CSIA certified ski instructors, Lake Louise Ski Patrol and Emergency Responders, Canadian Avalanche Association instructors, Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and Professional Interpreters with the Interpretive Guide Association.

This course encourages and exposes students to a variety of career and occupational paths. Through connection with role models from avalanche and public safety specialists, to mountain guides and ski patrol, students will develop an understanding of a range of future career options.

Detailed Winter Travel 15 Course Outline

*exact program activities, locations and timings of course elements are subject to change.

There are five 1-2—hour pre-course sessions delivered online using the CRPS Moodle course management system that will be completed before the trip.

Online Course Work

Duration

Activity

1 hour

Trip Planning and Preparation

1 hour

Cultural and Ecological Considerations

1 hour

Ecological Impacts of Winter Recreation

1 hour

Ecological Integrity and Winter Recreation Debate Prep

1 hour

Historical Evolution for Winter Mountain Recreation

Day 1

Time

Activity

 

Arrive Great Divide Lodge

  • Welcome
  • Expectations
  • Facility Layout / site tour
  • Gear to Rooms / Gear management: students move gear into rooms

9:00 am

Pre-trip planning - Snowshoeing

10:00 am

Navigation- Map (journal questions) & Compass (brief overview)

11:00am

Pack for Snowshoe Trip – Sherbrooke Lake

11:45 am

Depart for Sherbrooke Lake (with bag lunch from GDL)

12:00 pm

Snowshoeing

1:30 pm

Navigation - Orienteering practice at lake

2:00 pm

Emergency Situations / Games

2:45 pm

Pack up, Depart Sherbrooke Lake

4:00 pm

Arrive GDL
Fire Lighting Competition

6:00 pm

Dinner

7:00 pm

Group Game

7:30pm

Trip Planning Lake Louise XC Skiing

9:00 pm

Fire or Student Free Tim

10:00 pm

Students to rooms – lights out at 10:30pm

Day 2

Time

Activity

7:30am


Boot fitting
Pack day packs

8:00 am

Breakfast

8:45am

Outdoor Experience Resume

9:30am

Load bus

10:00 am

Depart for XC Ski Trip

10:30 am

XC ski practice, relays, lesson

11.00 am

Journal - Navigation questions

12:00pm

Ski Lake Louise trails
Lunch (packed from GDL)
Physical Literacy questions

1:00pm

Cross Country ski - continued

4:00pm

Return to GDL

6:00pm

Dinner

8:00pm

Debate prep

8:40 pm

Mini-Debate

9:30 pm

Campfire if time and weather permits

10:00 pm

Students to rooms – lights out at 10:30pm

Day 3

   

Time

Activity

   

8:30am

Arrive Lake Louise Ski Resort

   

9:00am

Ski/snowboarding lesson

   

12:00pm

Lunch at Timing Shack

   

12:30pm

Ski Patrol Job Shadow and Emergency Scenarios

   

3:00pm

Skiing/snowboarding skill development

   

4:00pm

Store rental gear and pack up

   

5:30pm

Team Building/Ice Breakers

   

6:00 pm

Dinner

   

7:00pm

Assessment Briefing

   

7:10 pm

Intro to Trip Planning – Ski hill

   

8:00 pm

Navigation Technology – GPS

   

8:30 pm

Campfire if time and weather permits

   

10:00 pm

Students to rooms – lights out at 10:30pm

   

Day 4

Time

Activity

7:20 am

Depart GDL for LLSR

7:50 am

Arrive at LLSR

8:00 am

Breakfast

8:30 am

Pick up rental gear

9:00 am

Skiing and Snowboarding Skill Development

10:00 am

Meet at Lake Louise Learning Center (Timing Shack)

10:15 am

Avalanche Awareness Part 1

12:00 pm

Lunch at Timing Shack

12:30-3:00 pm

Avalanche Awareness Part II
Beacon Basin Activity

 

 

Free Ski

4:00pm

Return Rental Gear

 

Depart for home
 

Winter Travel 15 Assessment

Students will be given a variety of assignments throughout the Winter Travel 15 course. Student work will be collected by the course administrator to be used to evaluate their learning. Some course work will be submitted using the Winter Travel 15 Google Classroom (pre-course work), while other assignments (such as the Winter Travel Course Journal) will be completed on site.  Online course assessments are valued at 40% of the final grade.  Immersion participation, activities, and assignments are valued at 60% of the final grade.

Special resources, facilities or equipment necessary

Students will need access to a computer and sign in information for Google Classroom in order to complete the online course work. All trip accommodation, food, resources, and equipment is provided by the Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre, Lake Louise Ski Area, and the Great Divide Lodge.

*Students are able to bring their own downhill skiing or snowboarding equipment provided that it is in good working order or can rent downhill skiing or snowboarding equipment from Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Risk assessment and Safety

Training and Certification

Winter Travel 15 is facilitated by outdoor professionals who possess current industry standard training and certifications and experience working with groups in the outdoors. Canadian Rockies Outdoor Learning Centre (CROLC) teachers (employed by Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CRPS)), Lake Louise Ski Resort Ski Patrol and Emergency Responders, Parks Canada Staff, and Canadian Avalanche Association instructors operate under strict guidelines and procedures in the outdoor environment.

CROLC Winter Travel course instructors possess the minimum training and certifications for leading these activities.

Terrain Guidelines

Lake Louise Ski Resort risk management policies and procedures will be reviewed and are to be followed by all Winter Travel 15 participants. Participants will be skiing / snowboarding on in-bounds controlled runs only. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing activities take place on designated trails listed by the Parks Canada - Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) as Class 1 - Simple Terrain.

All areas visited on course have been selected in consultation with Parks Canada Visitor Safety staff to ensure terrain access guidelines are being followed and have been visited and pre-assessed by CROLC teachers. All equipment used during the course is checked and maintained regularly to ensure it is proper working order.

Winter Environment

The winter environment can present challenges with outdoor activity and cold temperatures. Winter gear lists will be issued to students prior to the course and will be checked upon arrival. Extra clothing and gear will be on hand for students to borrow in case of inadequate preparation. Students will be briefed thoroughly on the appropriate dress and layering technique for outdoor winter clothing. Outdoor activity will be closely monitored during cold temperatures with a cut off temperature of -25 C with windchill.

Transportation

Transportation to and from the course start and end locations are the responsibility of the visiting school or student unless arranged otherwise. The Lake Louise Ski Resort internal bus system can be used for transportation of students and equipment between the resort and the Great Divide Lodge if arranged prior to the course. The safety and maintenance of these buses is regulated by the Lake Louise Ski Resort

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