Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School

Chic Chocs

  • Types of activities

Backcountry skiing and ski touring

  • Duration

March 19 – 24, 2020

  • Difficulty

Advanced to Expert – Skis ♦ at major New England resorts

  • rates

$995.00 all inclusive


Why go?

  • Quebec’s Chic Choc mountains are a true winter paradise with easy to access backcountry ski tours for a variety of ability levels
  • Fine tune your backcountry ski skills and avalanche skills
  • With an average snowfall of over 7 meter a year, a good snowpack is almost a certain guarantee
  • Because you can.

Possible Guide(s)

Jon Tierney, (Owner, Lead Guide), IFMGA/AMGA International Mountain Guide, AIARE 3, AIARE L1 & 2 Course Provider, AMGA Ski Guide an Ski Mountaineering Certified, Flight Paramedic.
Al Mandell (AMGA Ski Guide Trained, AlARE Level 3, AIARE Pro 1, Wilderness First Responder)
Dick Chasse (AMGA Ski Guide Trained, AlARE Level 3, AIARE Pro I, AIARE 1 Instructor,
Wilderness First Responder) .

The Acadia Mountain Guide Climbing School Difference

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is certified through the American Mountain Guide Association and the Professional Climbing Instructor Association. Acadia Mountain Guides actively supports furthering their guide’s development throughout their career. That means our guides are constantly taking steps to progress their skills and will provide you with an exceptional experience. AMG is also a proponent of helping clients reach their goals, whether its having an epic day in the mountains or gaining skills to get into other terrain, Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School can get you there!

Chic Choc Backcountry Skiing Trip with AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course

Rock the Chocs! Skiing in the Chic Chocs is a great place for the novice backcountry skier and the seasoned veteran alike. The variety of terrain coupled with the easy access makes for a great ski destination. Runs average 200 – 400m in length allowing several laps to sometimes be done each day. Our itinerary is flexible and the aspects are varied allowing us to find the best snow available on any given day. Typical descents include the Hog’s Back, Champ de Mars, Mont Blanche, Mont Lyall and Mont Vallière de Saint Real or possibly a foray over to the Murdochville area. After a strong day’s effort, relax in a sauna, catch a massage, or have a toast at the Gite du Mont-Albert. Okay we will let you check your messages there as well via WIFI. The quaintness of the Quebecois culture coupled with the remoteness really gives the Gaspe a unique feel. It’s where the mountains literally meet the sea.

Date & Location

Feb 16 – 19, Chic Chocs, Quebec


  • Includes four days of spectacular backcountry skiing and 4 nights lodging, all breakfasts and dinners.
  • Professionally guided by AMGA trained or certified ski guides
  • Lodging in a warm, modern roadside huts with electricity, wood heat and shared bathroom / hot showers.
  • Trailheads within short 20 minute drive from hut
  • Ratio: maximum of 4 clients / guide
  • All group and emergency gear provided.
  • Annual park pass (appx $40.00)
  • Personal gear
  • Transportation
  • Evening imbibement
  • Quarters for the showers
  • Gratuities

5 days / 4 nights inclusive of travel days. Tailored toward strong intermediate / expert skiers.

Specific Info

General Info

Each day will be a blend of classroom skills in the morning and evening with a ski tour in the mid day. Each day we will choose appropriate ski objectives based on weather, snow and avalanche conditions, and personal interest. Here is a sample from a prior year.

Day 1
Travel to Chic Chocs. Get settled in. Short gear check ski warm up. Evening introduction to avalanche awareness.

Day 2
AM – Class session.
PM- Head out to Champs de Mars for some fun ski touring and glade skiing while practicing companion rescue skills.
Evening – Avalanche Class Session.

Day 3

AM – Class session.
PM –
The Hog’s Back is a classic peak in the Gaspe. Nice open faces, some cool glades, and great long runs like the Grand Couloir give us many options to play.
Evening –
Avalanche Class Session.

Day 4
A full day in the field. The reward of great tree skiing is worth the longer approach into Mont Lyall. Some of the best glade skiing on the east coast.

Day 5
Depending on our legs and snow we can do a variety of different tours in the AM before packing up and sadly heading home. This year we went back to Champ de Mars to wrap up the trip.

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A History of
Leading the way…

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School is the preeminent frontrunner in climbing instruction and guiding in Acadia and across Maine. Since 1994 we have specialized in designing customized experiences or training for you, your family, your group or company.

Jon Tierney
Dick Chasse
Andrew Krause
Seth Fisher


• Since 1994 •

AMGCS is one of 32 AMGA accredited programs in the US and was one of the earliest to pursue and achieve accreditation. AMGCS is the only climbing school in Maine to remain continuously AMGA accredited. We have had one or more full time AMGA rock guides on staff each year since 1994.

Owned by internationally recognized IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide Jon Tierney who has been climbing in Acadia since 1982. Jon has over 30 years of local and worldwide experience. The IFMGA requires full AMGA certification as a rock, alpine and ski mountaineering guide.

All instructors are certified as AMGA or PCIA Single Pitch Instructors and all guides have been trained or certified by the AMGA.

PCIA Accredited

• Since 2007 •

AMGCS has the distinction of also being accredited to the highest standards of the Professional Climbing Instructors Association. The PCIA requires all staff to be individually trained and certified.

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