Trip Waivers and Liability

ACC Trip Waivers

The Alpine Club of Canada has moved to annual online waivers that are signed upon registering for or renewing your ACC membership.

Waivers for members will no longer be signed before each trip at the trailhead. Members who have not signed this waiver will have a processing membership that will not be active until the waiver is signed. Processing members will not be able to attend any ACC programs until a waiver is signed. Non-members joining trips will have to sign a waiver for each trip prior to the trip commencing.

Hazards for each trip will be explained on the program webpages and must be understood before registering for the program.

ACC Acknowledgment of Risk Waiver

The completion of this liability waiver is a requirement for all ACC Members and is part of the member registration/renewal process.

Model Release Agreement

The completion of this agreement permits the ACC to use your image in photo and video content for legitimate uses as outlined in the document.

Additional ACC Trip Waivers

Depending on your trip, you may also be requested to complete the following waivers in addition to those listed above:

ACMG Acknowledgment of Risk Waiver

For any trips led by a contracted ACMG member, you will be required to complete this liability waiver in addition to the ACC Acknowledgement of Risk Waiver.

ACMG Consent of Minor Release Waiver

The parent and/or guardian of any individual aged 17 or younger will be required to complete this waiver in addition to the ACC Acknowledgement of Risk Waiver.

Avalanche Canada Liability Release Waiver

This waiver is required for any course that follows the Avalanche Canada curriculum guidelines (i.e. AST 1, AST 2, etc.)

Liability insurance for helping with club activities

The venues (outdoor and indoor) in which we all recreate can be potentially dangerous places and we all know that accidents can happen.

The ACC’s first goal is always to prevent accidents and injuries through safety education and leadership training. But the Club also carries a comprehensive liability insurance policy that covers its members leading or involved in running an ACC trip/event, and its contractors and employees in case they are named in a lawsuit following an accident.

Being covered by this policy is a benefit of ACC membership and it might be a bigger benefit than many people think. If you’re an ACC member and you’re leading an ice climbing outing or helping out with the logistics of a ski camp or belaying in a sport climbing competition – any official ACC activity – you’re covered under our policy. If an accident happens that results in a lawsuit, the ACC’s insurance company steps in and covers legal bills and damages to $10 million.

Liability insurance is something we all hope we never have to use. But like your helmet or your crevasse rescue skills, it’s good to know that it’s in place should you ever need it.

The ACC also sells Tugo travel insurance for personal trips. These policies cover activities such as rock climbing and hiking. They can also be tailored to cover activities such as ice climbing and mountaineering over 6,000m. We have a licensed insurance agent based out of the National Office in Canmore who can answer queries, including the ins and outs of what is needed for your particular adventure. See our Travel Insurance page.

Quick Tugo Insurance Info

Emergency Medical
This plan can be for Canadians travelling outside their home province (domestically and internationally) and also for visitors to Canada. This policy includes emergency evacuation to a monetary limit and medical once you have been evacuated.

Trip Interruption
Trip interruption can be added on or bought as a stand-alone policy. If something that’s covered happens while you are away trip interruption will help you with unexpected costs such as booking a new flight and hotels stays should you have to stay longer for medical treatment.

Trip Cancellation
Trip cancellation covers you for any non-refundable costs for your trip. If you can get credits for an expense then you can’t claim that expense under trip cancellation. We recommend trip cancellation for hut bookings and ACC programs such as the GMC.

Affinity Life Insurance Info

Ensure financial protection for your loved ones while continuing to do your alpine activities

Getting out in the mountains is what fuels and sustains many people in the mountain communities. However, recreating in the mountains comes with many risks. Mountain people are no stranger to evaluating risk and all have different tolerances. These tolerances can change dramatically when loved ones come into the scene. For example a new family. Life Insurance won’t protect your love ones from the tragic loss of your death, but it can protect them financially while they are grieving were that to happen.

In the spirit of hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, we have decided to partner with Affinity Life to offer our community life insurance plans that are made for outdoor enthusiasts.

Please note, currently Affinity Life Plans are only available in BC, AB, ON and NB. We hope to expand this in the future and will update this page once that happens.

Guests who have immediate plans to travel to one of our huts in Jasper National Park please respect the wildfire closures. We will be in contact with guests affected by the closures shortly.

We are asking guests with future reservations at ACC huts in Jasper National Park to please be patient as the situation is evolving. We will update our guests on any future closures as we receive updates from the emergency response teams.