The course curriculum includes operational standards in mechanized guiding common to the U.S. Heli Ski Association members and its Helicopter Standard Operating Guidelines, (HSOG).
Students will learn about and achieve a thorough understanding of:
- Guide Responsibilities and Duties – Responsible Client Care
- Base and Flight Deck Operations – Fueling, Dispatch, Emergency Procedures
- The Helicopter – Load Manifesting, Working around Aircraft, Staging, Time Management in the field
- Client Care and Relations
- Heavy Emphasis on Field Operations – Top down guiding, Hazard management, Client Management, Snowpack evaluation
- High Angle Rescue and Advanced rescue techniques
Article: A Guide’s Journey
- Hold a current / valid level 2 snow science certification – AAI, AIARE Current Medical Certification – EMT, WFR, OEC equivalent
- Basic understanding of ropes and rescue techniques
2018 Locations and Dates:
North Cascade Heli
January 21-27, 2018
Points North Heli-Adventures, Inc.
March 3-10, 2018
This course has only 8 spots available. Instructors include mechanized guides with over 100 years of combined experience. Students will leave the course with a Heli Ski U.S. Level 1 Certification and a basic understanding of top down mechanized ski guiding. This course is one of a kind and gives a potential guy the opportunity to learn from some of the very best in the industry.
- Paul Butler – North Cascade Heli
North Cascade Heli Guide Team (over 20 years in operation)
- Kevin Quinn – Points North Heli
Points North Heli Guide Team (over 20 years in operation)
Includes all helicopter time, meals and lodging at both operations. This is a two week course and participants will have an opportunity to see two HSUS operations.
North Cascade Heli Includes:
- Includes all meals, lodging, and aircraft time (3 full days in helicopter)
- NCH Yurt for touring access
Points North Heli Includes:
- Includes ALL meals, lodging, transportation and aircraft time (3 full days in helicopter)