2019-2020 Riding Clinics

Featuring Coaching by:

Pro-Rider and Clinician Stephanie Schwartz

Adventure Athlete & Skidoo Ambassador Dave Norona

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. Our 19/20 winter series will connect sledders with the right level of challenge while providing resources to refine your current skill set and take your riding farther this season. Choose one or progress through the entire three clinic series.

Clinic 1 : January 11 & 12, 2020

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: Intro to concept of ‘constant motion’, using throttle/break appropriately for control, getting your sled ‘on edge’, avalanche safety primer, personalized review of sled set up to enhance your riding.

Clinic 2: February 8 & 9, 2020

Are you a rider who relies on throttle instead of technical skills to navigate steeper or treed terrain? Perhaps you feel limited due to a ‘weak-side’ or lack ‘flow’ in your riding. In this clinic we will help you Built It Up with a series of follow-me sessions and drills to get you out of that comfort zone and establish consistency in your riding.

Specific Skills: smooth motion and timing, using sled mechanics to your advantage, improved symmetry, throttle / break control, using good riding technique to get out of tricky terrain, avalanche rescue skills review.

Clinic 3: March 7 & 8, 2020

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, our coaches 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: 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. Prerequisite: Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 certificate

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!
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$599 +tax


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yOUTH Backcountry cLINICS

Our goal at Elk Valley Snow Shepherds is to create better backcountry riders. We say start them young!

Pulling key lessons from our Avalanche Canada Companion Rescue course, BC AdventureSmart youth curriculum, and adult riding clinics, our professional guides have developed a single day of fun, outdoor programming to help increase your little ripper’s backcountry literacy.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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

$300+tax January 4, 2020

(per adult/youth pair) in FERNIE, BC