Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe and positive experience in the Canadian Rockies that promotes personal growth, discovery and adventure. Timberline Academy strives to deliver an educational environment in which students learn the necessary skills required to work and build a career in the Canadian ski and snowboard industry.

Timberline Canadian Alpine Academy is a post-secondary outdoor adventure school located in the heart of Banff National Park. Timberline was founded with the purpose of training students to become well-rounded outdoor professionals in a leadership capacity.

In the wintertime our programs focus on ski/snowboard instructor training, mountain rescue, avalanche science, backcountry skiing and leadership training.
In the Spring/Summer we turn our focus to Whitewater Canoe/Raft Guide Training and Mountaineering Skills Training. Both of these programs incorporate several certifications and exceptional expeditions throughout Canada’s National Park system.

Why Us

There are two factors that separate Timberline Canadian Alpine Academy from similar programs operating in Banff National Park.

The first is that Timberline is run by Canadians local to Banff and is based out of the town of Banff itself. Timberline’s owners are young and energetic outdoors enthusiasts who live in Banff and have held senior positions at Mount Norquay’s ski school as well as roles at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Furthermore, Timberline’s owners are present throughout the entire length of the program. From the moment you arrive in Calgary until the snow melts, the owners are on-call in person 24/7. This allows our clients to have a more enriched and authentic Canadian experience while also providing a level of support that cannot be matched.

International Student Handbook

Please download the Student Handbook by clicking the link here: International Student Handbook 2020/2021

Our Team:

Timberline Canadian Alpine Academy is made up of highly experienced outdoor adventure guides with experience across snow, water and rock. We strive to deliver exceptional programming to our students while instilling our core values of community, leadership and environmental stewardship.

Operations Team


James McCutcheon



Andrew Hercus

Program Director


Mark Rauseo

Program Director

Kaitlyn Webb_Community Engagement Coordinator

Kaitlyn Webb

Community Engagement Coordinator