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  • Wednesday • January 4, 2023

Creating better backcountry riders by starting them young!

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. Have fun, gain confidence and learn the skills to master your sled and ride the mountains in style.

Choose one or progress through the entire three clinic series.

Sign up now: $300 + tax per adult/youth pair REGISTER ONLINE

Featuring key lessons from Avalanche Canada Companion Rescue course, BC AdventureSmart youth curriculum, and Elk Valley Snow Shepherds adult riding clinics tailored specifically for young ridres. Professional guides have developed a this single day of fun, outdoor programming to help increase backcountry literacy for little rippers.


  • Age-appropriate awareness of avalanche phenomenon, safety, and avoidance
  • Backcountry basics such as treewell safety, what to do if you get lost, emergency communication and survival fundamentals
  • Basic understanding of how to use rescue tools such as an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe
  • How to recognize hazards and make suitable terrain choices for ability level
  • Riding fundamentals including body positioning for mountain sledding, throttle/brake control, how to avoid/get unstuck
  • Advanced riding skills such as sidehilling, countersteering, jumps/drops, and more!

Private youth coaching sessions available upon request


Elk Valley Snow Shepherds offer snowmobile skills & safety courses throughout the winter:


  • Snowmobile Avalanche Skills Training LEVEL 1: Dec 14-15, 2019, Dec 26-27, 2019, Jan 18-19, 2020
  • Snowmobile Avalanche Skills Training LEVEL 2: Feb 15-18, 2020


  • Youth & Family Backcountry Safety Clinic: Jan 4, 2020
  • Novice Riding Clinic with Pro-Clinicians & Ski Doo Ambassadors Stephanie Schwartz and Dave Norona: Jan 11-12 or Mar 7-8, 2020
  • Ladies Only (all abilities) Clinic with Pro-Clinician & Ski Doo Ambassador Stephanie Schwartz: Feb 8-9, 2020
  • Advanced Riding Clinic with Pro-Clinicians & Ski Doo Ambassadors Stephanie Schwartz and Dave Norona: Jan 11-12 or Mar 7-8, 2020
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