Why Choose Zac's?

Zac’s instructors have taken advantage of many local and international opportunities for training. In addition, we are very grateful for the mentorship, support and guidance that has been offered to us over the seasons by Canadian Avalanche Center and its forecasters, Chris Stethem, Beacon Manufacturer’s product specialists, the Calgary chapter of the CSPS and the University of Calgary Outdoor Pursuits program leader, Albi Sole.
The connections with these organizations has continually kept Zac’s ahead of the curve.

We are located in the Alberta foothills SW of Calgary. While there is not much for motorized access nearby, our location has worked to our advantage. Our snow starved area near Calgary has encouraged (more like forced) us to ride the Rocky Mountains from Chetwynd to the Crowsnest Pass and further west into a variety of eastern and central BC communities.
Climate and terrain characteristics work together to create unique snowpack structures and avalanche characteristics. We have benefited and enjoyed the learning opportunity each season to recognize and test these comparisons as we travel the circuit of communities.

Currently we teach in a large variety of communities throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and eastern British Columbia. We have taught a few classes in Idaho, Washington and Minnesota as well.
Discussions have been made regarding programs in the Yukon, Alaska, and Norway & Sweden. Fingers crossed!!

Learn what makes us tick. CLICK HERE to review Zac’s Mission & Vision.

May 2015 – CAA AGM & Spring Conference, Penticton, BC
Sept 2014 – Avalanche Canada Instructor Training, Banff, AB
Sept 2014 – International Snow Science Workshop, Banff, AB
Aug 2014 – Consulted on BCSF / BCPSC Safe Rider program
May 2014 – CAA AGM & Spring Conference, Penticton, BC
July 2013 – Co-author – Sledding in Avalanche Terrain, Book Revision
Aug 2013 – Consulted on BCSF / BCPSC Safe Rider program
May 2013 – CAA AGM & Spring Conference, Penticton, BC
Sept 2012 – International Snow Science Workshop, Anchorage, AK
May 2012 – CAA AGM & Spring Conference, Penticton, BC
Feb 2012 – Consulted on ADFAR Online Survey
Feb 2012 – Level 2 Mod 1&2, Golden, BC
Nov 2011 – Level 2 Mod 1, Golden, BC
Nov 2011 – Consulted on ADFAR Intercept Surveys
Sep 2011 – Advanced Wilderness First Aid Course, Canmore, AB
Sep 2011 – CAA Avalanche Hazard Mapping, Golden, BC
Jun 2011 – ASA International Snowmobile Congress, Calgary, AB
May 2011 – CAA AGM & Spring Conference, Penticton, BC
Apr 2011 – Train the Trainer Workshop, San Diego, CA
Mar 2011 – IKAR – International Commission for Alpine Rescue, Revelstoke, BC
Feb 2011 – Genswein Advanced Avalanche Rescue Training, Valemount, BC
Jan 2011 – CAA ITP Snowmobile Operations Level 1, Revelstoke, BC
Nov 2010 – Communications Workshop, Los Angeles, CA
Oct 2010 – International Snow Science Workshop, Lake Tahoe, CA
Sept 2010 – Marketing & Web Development Workshop, Los Angeles, CA
Summer 2010 – Reviewed Alaska Avalanche Information Center Paper
May 2010 – CAA AGM & Spring Conference, Penticton, BC
June 2009 – Train the Trainer 2 – Peak Potentials – Los Angeles, CA
May 2009 – CAA AGM & Spring Conference, Penticton, BC
Sept 2008 – International Snow Science Workshop, Whistler, BC
June 2008 – International Snowmobile Congress – Boise, Idaho
May 2008 – CAA Introductory Weather Course, Penticton, BC
May 2008 – CAA AGM & Spring Conference, Penticton, BC
April 2008 – Train the Trainer 1- Peak Potentials – Vancouver, BC
Nov 2007 – CAA AST Provider Training Session – Banff, AB
Summer 2007 – Co-author – Sledding in Avalanche Terrain, Book Revision
June 2007 – World Snowmobile Congress – Minneapolis, MN
Feb 2007 – Observer Instructor – AST Level 2 Course – Revelstoke, BC
Dec 2006 – AST Provider Training – ASARC Research & the AVALUATOR – Canmore, AB
Nov 2006 – Forecaster Training sessions – CAC – Revelstoke, BC
2004 – 2006 Board Member to the Canadian Avalanche Centre
2005 – 2006 Level 2 Industrial Training Programs, Modules 2 & 3 Canadian Avalanche Association – Golden, BC
May – 2006 CAA AGM & Spring Conference – Penticton, BC
Nov 2005 – Guest speaker – CAC – Backcountry Avalanche Workshop, Calgary, AB & Vancouver, BC
Jan 2002 – Test Group – CAA Level 2 Module 1, Golden, BC
Dec 2001 – Canadian Ski Patrol Instructor Training, Calgary, AB
Nov 2001 – University of Calgary Instructor Training, Kananaskis Country, AB
Dec 2000 – Canadian Ski Patrol Instructor Training, Calgary, AB
Nov 2000 – University of Calgary Instructor Training, Kananaskis Country, AB
Jan 2000 – Snowmobile Safety Instructors Course – Portage College, Lac La Biche, AB
Jan 1999 – CAA Snowmobile Operations Level 1
Dec 1998 – Introductory Avalanche Workshop, Cochrane, AB

Excellence Award from the Canadian Avalanche Association

Zac’s Tracs receives another national excellence award!

The Canadian Avalanche Association presents 4 CAA Members with this ‘Excellence in Service’ award each year.
Lori and Randy Zacaruk are very proud to be selected for this honor by their peers.

Randy Swenson, of Yamaha Motor Canada, and Steve Blake, president of the Canadian Avalanche Association, shared a few nice words about Zac’s Tracs during the awards presentation at the CAA Annual General Meetings in Penticton, BC in May 2009.

Yamaha Motor Canada is a valued sponsor of the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

CAC LOGO

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Canadian Avalanche Association – 2009 ____________________ Cdn Council of Snowmobile Organizations – 2007

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Alberta Snowmobile Association – 2006 ____________________ Canadian Avalanche Association – 2000