Each guest must familiarize themselves with the terms and conditions and the information on our website. By submitting, deposit, or payment, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions below:
In this document, “Ski Touring” includes all forms of ski touring and splitboarding, telemark skiing. In this policy, Avalanche Education includes all courses run by Kootenay Backcountry Guides.
Kootenay Backcountry Guides, (KBG, “we” and “us”) is the provider of all single ski touring trips, multi-day ski touring trips, hut trips, avalanche education courses, and services described in our marketing materials and in our booking confirmation packages.
KBG offers these programs:
Day Ski Touring Programs, Lodge Based Ski Touring Programs including Lodge-Based AST courses, and Avalanche Education Courses, and Backcountry Base Camp Programs.
2. Guest Responsibilities.
You are solely responsible for ensuring:
a. you and members of your group have fully and accurately completed our registration form;
b. you have a valid passport and all required visas to enter Canada;
c. you are on time and prepared to ski on each day, regardless of the weather or road conditions;
d. you are healthy and not experiencing symptoms of any illness on each skiing day;
e. you are able to ski at a level as defined is the baseline for each program;
f. you are physically fit and prepared to ski for a whole day;
g. your physical fitness and skiing ability matches that of what is outlined in the course or trip description. If you are in a mixed group and can not complete the day or course, you are not entitled to a refund.
h. you show up with all gear in working order, ready for your trip or course.
3. KBG Responsibilities.
As part of the price set out in the booking confirmation, we will provide:
a. a professionally certified ski touring guide for our guided programs and avalanche education instructors for our courses;
b. avalanche training;
c. a booking confirmation package that outlines your typical day, where and when to meet and what to bring.
d. Pre-trip and course planning and logistics.
4. Registration and Payment
a. your booking is not confirmed until a completed registration form and payment or deposit are received from each guest in your group.
b. at the time of booking a trip with us, you must pay a Non Refundable deposit equal to 25% of the booking price, plus applicable taxes (the “Deposit”). Except as otherwise provided in these terms, the deposit is strictly non-refundable once paid.
c. The remaining balance will be withdrawn automatically from your credit card, 14 days before your trip. If you book after the 14-day timeline, payment in full is required at the time of booking. Except as otherwise provided in these terms, all payments are strictly non-refundable once paid.
5. Refund and Cancellation Policy
a. Ski Touring and Avalanche Education is a unique experience that is subject to weather and snowpack conditions. These conditions are constantly changing and add an element of complexity to each day. We reserve the right to cancel a ski touring day, course or trip, in part or in whole, for any reason, including inclement weather, avalanche conditions, operational emergencies, lack of guides or instructors, pandemics, or insufficient guest bookings.
b. Except as provided in these terms and conditions, KBG will not provide you with a refund or compensation for any expenses related to your booking or trip to anywhere we operate, including airfare, car rentals, and accommodations. KBG strongly recommends that you purchase trip cancellation insurance (https://lifestylefinancial.ca/get-a-quote/kootenay-backcountry-guides/)
c. While we try our best to group skiers and boarders in our courses and mixed groups by ability level, no refunds shall be provided if your group skis or travels at a greater or lesser ability than you.
d. For private guided trips you are responsible to ensure that the members of your group are of enough ability to complete their touring day.
e. Any refunds made at the time of the refund will be refunded in Canadian Dollars via your original payment method. No adjustments will be made to the refund to account for differences in the exchange rate between the time payment was made and the refund was issued.
f. full cancellation by KBG prior to the start of your trip or course. We may cancel your booking at any time prior to the scheduled start time. If we do, you will be given the opportunity to reschedule to a later date or course in the same season. If a mutually agreeable date cannot be scheduled that season, we will provide you with a full credit towards a trip or course equal to the value of your trip with KBG.
g. In the event you do not want a credit we will give you a refund equal to the cost of the trip minus a 25% administration fee.
h. If you arrive late, forget your equipment, have equipment issues, injure yourself, decide to end your day early for whatever reason, or are instructed to stop skiing because we (in our sole discretion) determine that you are not physically fit or able, no refund will be provided.
6. Guest Cancellation.
a. If your cancellation is confirmed by us prior to your final payment is due, your deposit plus applicable taxes shall be forfeited to us. If the cancellation is confirmed on or following your final payment, no refunds will be provided to you.
b. If you have a group booked for private guiding and one of the group members decides to cancel they are not entitled to a refund.
a. In light of the refund and cancellation policies set out above, trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended to cover for unforeseen circumstances that may interrupt or cancel your trip or course with us. We do not provide such insurance but will provide you with recommended providers. Follow this link for a quote https://lifestylefinancial.ca/get-a-quote/kootenay-backcountry-guides/ We strongly recommend you purchase your own medical travel insurance to ensure complete coverage during your trip.
Minors (under 19 years of age) are welcome to participate in our programs on the following terms:
a. Minor guests are permitted only as part of a group that includes a legal guardian and with at least one guardian per minor;
b. Minors must be at least 12 years old and capable of meeting the ability and fitness levels described in the “fitness and skills” section.c. The minor’s legal guardian must sign a waiver on behalf of the minor prior to participation, and the minor must sign a waiver dated for the day they turn 19.
d. The minor’s legal guardian must accompany the minor at all times during our activities.
9. Image Release
You grant us permission to use images of you (including any motion picture or still photographs made by us) for any purposes in connection with promoting KBG and its activities. You understand that your personal information, including images, is being collected pursuant to section 26 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 165.
10. COVID-19 Cancellations (applicable to 2020-2021 season only)
The following refund policy will apply if KBG cancels your booking because of reasons related to COVID-19, or if you are prevented from completing your booking because of a reason related to COVID-19 that are outside of your control, including travel issues, closed borders, and local outbreaks. In such case:
a. If KBG must cancel, we will notify you as soon as possible via the email address you provided at the time of booking;
b. If you must cancel, you will notify us as soon as possible via email to
c. your deposit or final bill will be held by KBG and credited to a booking at KBG in the 2021-2022 season;
d. If you wish to have a refund instead of a credit towards a future trip we will provide a refund minus an administration fee of 25%.
This refund policy, if enacted, will supersede any other refund and cancellation policy in these terms and conditions.
11. Liability and Waivers
In order to travel in the backcountry with Kootenay Backcountry Guides, you are required to sign our backcountry travel waiver before going on any backcountry trip. You will receive a waiver with your booking confirmation email. Please read over and familiarize yourself with it, you will need to sign the waiver in the presence of a representative of Kootenay Backcountry Guides. Anyone who refuses to sign the waiver cannot participate in our services and are not eligible for a refund.
Here is a link to our waiver.
12. Not Included in your booking
Backcountry Ski/Splitboard Rentals (can be rented from ROAM Shop in Nelson B.C.)
Avalanche Rescue Equipment (can be rented from ROAM Shop in Nelson B.C.)
Transportation to and from ski touring and avalanche course locations
Tips/Gratuity. (It is customary in Canada to tip your guides for their service 10-20% of the cost of the trip)
Insurance. (Please see the Cancellation and Emergency Medical Insurance section below.)