Everything you need

Resources

Gear Lists

Use these handy equipment lists to make sure you have everything you need for your trip. They’re pretty generic, so adapt each gear checklist to your specific needs. Each of our trips has a customized list, so be sure to consult the list specific to your trip if you’ve booked one of our adventures.

Rental Shops

Waiver, Release of Liability

Release of Liability Waiver – you need to sign one of these before starting any trip with an ACMG guide. The waiver is a mechanism by which the risk associated with mountaineering and wilderness ski trips is transferred to those in a better position to bear (or insure against) that risk. It is recommended that all guests purchase travel and/or accident insurance. Your insurance broker can advise you as to what other types of insurance you may require, such as disability, evacuation, and life insurance.

Food Planning

Having Sawback provide your food is highly recommended. For a small fee you don’t have to plan, purchase, prepare or pack your food and you’re guaranteed to have good tasting, easy to prepare food in just the right quantities. Here’s a link to our backcountry ski traverse food planning worksheets to give you an idea of what we offer. Feel free to use it and adapt it to your own backcountry trip planning.

Miscellaneous Resources

Weather forecasts

SpotWx – probably my favourite. You can make an account and a list of Favourites for quick access.
Mountain Forecast
The Weather Network – Surprisingly good forecasts here.
Evironment Canada – your tax dollars at work, so it better be good.
Snow Forecast – specific to skiers, worldwide resort coverage.

Webcams

CAC & Public Avalanche Bulletins

Click Here For All Western Canadian Forecast Areas

Or choose one of the following direct links:

Other Mountain Conditions Resources

Telemetry (real-time weather dataloggers)

Lots of weather dataloggers our there. Here’s a huge selection for your enjoyment.

Collection Map

AB Fortress Mountain

Fortress Ledge

Fortress Ridge

Fortress Ridge South

Bonsai

Canadian Ridge

Canadian Ridge North

Powerline

AB Marmot Creek

Fisera Ridge

Centennial Ridge

Upper Clearing

Vista View

Hay Meadow

AB Remote Stations

Athabasca

Peyto Moraine

Bow Hut

Helen Creek

Burstall Pass

Canmore Civic Centre

Cougar Creek

Mud Lake

BC Lake O’Hara

Opabin

For weather geeks only!

MM5 – Static Images & Animations

Precipitation Map – animated.

Frontal Features & Pressure Tendency Map – animated.

GFS – Static Images & Animations

Jetstream Map – animated.

NAM – Static Images

Pressure Tendency – 500mb Isobaric Map

GFA – Static Images

Cloud Levels & Precipitation

Other Products

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