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Ride better, ride safer, ride farther with professional guide-instructors at Elk Valley Snow Shepherds. 

Elk Valley Snow Shepherds snowmobile clinics offer personalized instruction from a skilled, professional coaching staff with systematic lessons to enhance every level of rider in a supportive, inspiring environment. The '20/21 winter series will connect sledders with the right level of challenge while providing resources to refine current skills and take your riding farther this season. Have fun, gain confidence and learn the skills to master your sled and ride the mountains in style.

Skills Clinics

Each Clinic Includes:

  • Small group size: one coach and one professional guide per 8 riders
  • Friday evening intro session with skills primer, review of current conditions, and meet & greet.
  • Two full days of on-snow coaching
  • Discounts on local accommodation
  • Gear / Equipment Demos
  • Prizing and giveaways!

CLINIC 1: NOVICE/INTERMEDIATE 'BREAK IT DOWN'

Do you ride occasionally in the backcountry or deep snow but are unable to sidehill confidently and struggle to countersteer? Wonder why you are stuck all the time? Perhaps apprehensive to try new things? Our coaches Break It Down with systematic approaches to improve confidence and riding fundamentals through fun drills. Specific skills included:

  • Intro to the concept of ‘constant motion’
  • Using throttle/brake appropriately for control
  • Getting your sled ‘on edge’
  • Avalanche safety primer
  • Personalized review of sled set up to enhance your riding

CLINIC 2: ADVANCED 'DIAL IT IN'

You are a confident rider and enjoy steep, technical terrain but struggle to incorporate dynamic movement to maximize performance. Perhaps you have a few lingering ‘weak spots’ in your riding? In this high-energy clinic, coaches Steph and Dave will help you redefine your limits and Dial It In with professional-level tips and tricks you can incorporate into your skills portfolio. Specific skills included:

  • Navigating challenging technical terrain and conditions using proper techniques and planning
  • Jumps/drops
  • Using track speed and momentum to master control
  • Managing failing hillclimbs
  • Maximize your sled set up to improve performance
  • Leading an avalanche rescue

SNOWBIKE CLINIC - INFO COMING SOON!

About Stephanie Schwartz:

One of the most recognized names in the women’s snowmobile scene is Revelstoke’s Stephanie Schwartz. By day, she is a full-time employee for Divas SnowGear, helping to manage athletes and facilitate product design, but she also maintains a part-time position with Red Deer, Alberta’s Turple Brothers Ltd. Her passion for mentoring new riders has now developed into international clinics where women from all walks of life participate and learn from Schwartz, who has a decade of experience mentoring new riders. Read more on snowriderswest.com.

About Dave Noronna:

Skidoo Ambassador, adventure athlete and motivational expert with a passion is squeezing the most out of life’s adventures! With over 400 race events under his belt, Dave is ready to lend his hard won experience to fast track your own personal skills.

AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING COURSES - More dates and custom courses available on request

Whether you are new to backcountry riding or already have some experience NOW is a great time to take an avalanche course. Learn the skills to recognize and manage avalanche terrain while improving proficiency with your transceiver, shovel, probe, and airbag.

A variety of date and time options are available to suit your schedule. More dates to be released, or call to arrange a custom date for your group. 

  • AST Level 1 - $350 + GST
  • AST Level 2 - $700 + GST
  • Companion Rescue
  • Managing Avalanche Terrain

GUIDED TRIPS

Private Groups. Custom Itineraries. Curated to suit your unique needs.

Elk Valley Snow Shepherds specializes in matching one of our local, certified guides with your riding group. This way, we can craft the ultimate experience based on your crew's skills and expectations. Contact us to check availability and discuss your riding goals so we can get started planning your experience today! First rider $300, each additional rider $100.

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