ITP COVID-19 Information

The health and safety of our students and instructors are of utmost importance to the Canadian Avalanche Association. We continue to monitor the BC, Alberta, and Quebec health guidelines, and are planning and adapting the Industry Training Program to meet the evolving safety standards. The CAA will operate using known best practices that support physical distancing, strong hygiene, uncontaminated surfaces, reduced physical points of contact between all persons, and personal protective equipment (PPE) when appropriate physical distancing is not an option.

 

Efforts will be made to decrease transmission of COVID-19 and the CAA will be taking several approaches to do this. Adaptations such as classroom size, class size, and PPE will be used in various combinations to adhere to the provincial health regulations. The CAA retains the right to move or cancel courses as it adapts to COVID-19.

 

We have adapted our operating procedures to include a partial payment option, a modified cancellation policy, and declaration of health that follows best practices for safe COVID-19 management.

Our Commitment to Health and Safety

We are planning for the upcoming year of courses with traditional delivery, adapting as necessary to meet provincial health regulations.


We will be requiring all students who have been out of country to self isolate for 14 days prior to attending a course. Students and instructors should not attend a course if they have been in contact with someone who is showing symptoms of COVID-19 without isolating for 14 days prior. Students and instructors should not attend a course if they have COVID-19 symptoms. 

 

A safety plan will be developed for each course to ensure student and instructor safety. 

Payment Deadlines

The CAA recognizes the significant economic impact COVID-19 has had. Course payment is traditionally required in full at the time of registration. This year, in consideration of the economic impacts, we are offering a partial payment plan for courses over two days in duration. 

 

Students registering for courses over two days in duration will have the option at registration to pay full price or a 50% deposit. If you opt to pay 50%, the second payment will be due 45 days prior to the course start date. Payment will automatically be processed on the credit card used for the initial payment. If you select this option, please use a credit card with an expiry date that is effective past your course dates. If the second payment is unsuccessful, you will have seven days to contact the CAA and complete payment. If payment is not received within seven days, you will be issued a refund on payments made to date (minus the appropriate cancellation fee, and non refundable hut fees if applicable) and withdrawn from the course.

Modified Cancellation Policy in Effect until October 1, 2020

The CAA has designed its 2020-21 course offerings for students committed to learning. Doing so requires a balance of flexibility and commitment from students and the CAA. We have a modified our cancellation policy in light of COVID-19 uncertainty until Oct 1, 2020.

 

A $100 fee will be charged to any student wishing to cancel prior to October 1 for reasons pertaining to COVID-19. From October 1 onward, student cancellations will follow the standard policy. The fee is based on a cost recovery model related to cover credit card processing fees incurred by the CAA and staff administrative time. Unfortunately, we are unable to take other forms of payment currently and we are not in a financial position to cover this cost.  

 

If we are required to cancel a course due to COVID-19, we will refund all but the $100 non-refundable course fee.

Declaration of Health 

All students will be required to complete a Declaration of Health statement prior to and at the start of the course.  

Symptoms on Course

Students who present symptoms associated with COVID-19 while on the course will be removed from the course environment at the sole discretion of the CAA. The potential for the student to return based on testing will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The continuation of the course for the remaining instructors and students will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Partner COVID-19 Updates

CAA courses operate with partnership from local ski area and backcountry operations. Below are a list of our 2020/21 partners with links to their webpage highlighting their COVID-19 adaptations.  


Partners:

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort

Whistler Blackcomb

Whitewater Ski Area

Lake Louise

 

Burnie Glacier Chalet

Boulder Hut

Valkyr Adventures

Monashee Powder Snowcats

Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing

 

 

 

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