The Aesculapian Society
"EDUCATION IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS"
Heliskiing, & Helihiking Symposiums for health care professionals.
May we introduce ourselves? The Aesculapian Society is an international group of conscientious health care related professionals. My name is Dr. Ted Ritota and, with my wife Lisa, we have been conducting Heliskiing & Helihiking Symposiums for Physicians, Dentists and Health Care Related Professionals since 1991.
Come join us for an unforgettable heliskiing experience in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. We ski exclusively with Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH).
EARN CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS WHILE HELISKIING IN CANADA
(Seminar tuition and associated travel, lodging and meal expenses may be tax deductible if the primary purpose of your trip is to maintain or improve professional skills. Always consult your tax advisor regarding your personal situation.)
We usually have several trips each year. There will be two trips in 2022-2023.
"The Aesculapian Society"
"The educational experiences are real and enlightening!" There is a $240 (via check; $280 via credit card) registration fee for each symposium ($280/check, $295/cc late after Nov 1; these fees reflect a discount for paying by check). The skiing experience is "The Ultimate"! We recommend that you be at least an ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE skier. If you have had no real powder experience, you should expect to struggle for a few days, but you will learn quickly. The Symposium presenters are attending professionals. We have recently incorporated Heli-Hiking Symposiums into our repertoire using the same format.
(More details will be posted when we get it from CMH)
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THE ASSOCIATION OF RETIRING DENTISTS:
“The Aesculapian Society and the Association of Retiring Dentists have partnered to offer members of each other’s group a 10% discount on their registration fees for courses. Please visit: http://www.retiringdentists.com to join the ARD.” From one of our long time constituents, Dr. Neil Hiltunen.
Early Dec Gothics 2021 was fantastic skiing!
Most of our very experienced guests rated the skiing between 7.75 to 8.5 for great "creamy" snow with lots of face shots! We were all glad to be there. One new guest said he had the "Best skiing day of his life!"
2019 Was Spectacular!
From one of our newest guests; "Your groups without a doubt are filled with the best people and are unquestionably the most fun whatever lodge you are in!"
GOTHICS: Dec 2018; 33 skiers:S19GO00A (Dec 8-15, 2018); Early December lived up to it's reputation. Awesome week of skiing. One day every turn face shots and overhead snow. Spectacular!
BOBBIE BURNS: Bobbie Burns Jan 5-12, 2019; Another awesome week. Some skied 170,000 feet. Week started off with very deep snow and fantastic stability. Heading back to the Burns again quickly. I achived 8 million feet w cmh. Never would have imagined that.
GOTHICS: Dec 2017; 33 skiers:S18GO00A (Dec 9-16, 2017); It was somewhat of a challenging week but the gang had a blast again with Lisa joining us for the first time in 11 years. Hadn't snowed in 12 days, so the guides really had to work hard to find us good skiing. In the Monashees, two tough runs then great snow found for the afternoon. It snowed Thursday and everything changed, not real deep but caused the week to end up on a very memorable note.
GALENA: Jan 2018; 44 skiers:S18GL031 (Jan 6-13, 2018);
Totally different from the Dec week. Snowed almost the entire week, only 2 gorgeous runs on Java Jive in the sunshine. The rest of the week was snowy conditions. Group loved it. Stability was a very serious concern so mostly skied around the lodge. Great runs on Mega Buba, North Goat, Old Got, snow continued to fill in skied runs. Fantastic week with multiple face shots from Wednesday onward. Good energy, great College Football Championship accommodation by the lodge staff. Can't wait to get back to Galena, always one of our favorites.
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2017 Lodges and Dates.
GOTHICS: 33 skiers: 17-GO001 (Dec 10 – Dec 17, 2016) It was a cold, very clear, no wind week. Lots of great Alpine runs. Very limited low altitude skiing. Snow pack was excellent up high, but very little snow down low. That's why we go to the Gothics in December, high pick ups. The group had a fabulous week. Thanks to all.
ADAMANTS: Small group skiing, only 5/group: The gang loved the small groups and wants to return in 2019!! We will see what we get!!!17-AXO4 (Jan 14-21,2017)
BOBBIE BURNS: :What an awesome week. Many of our group skied 204,000 vertical feet, a milestone for any week of heliskiing. Just Fantastic. 17-BB05 (Jan 21-28, 2017).
Completed 2016 Dates
1. GOTHICS: 33 skiers: Another awesome week! Thanks to all that participated.
2. GALENA: Just completed, again an awesome week! Great group, thanks to all that participated. Look forward to returning to Galena in 2018. (see proposed dates for 2018)
3. BUGABOOS: Wow! Another awesome week. Tons of face shots in spite of being stuck in the home drainage for the entire week. That also means the skiing got better and better as the week progressed. It was fantastic. Link for video of this week: Phil and Geoff's 2016 Heliskiing Trip
THINGS HAVE CHANGED: COVERAGE FOR COVID MOSTLY EXCLUDED! BE CAREFUL.
As of 12/20/2017; A policy that isn't very expensive and states that heliskiing is covered! You need to purchase their "EXPLORER" policy. Check out: www.worldnomads.com (as always read the fine print!!! No guarantees from us.)
PROTECT YOUR TRIP: Please consider trip cancellation/interruption insurance coverage. Very cost effective and purchased by many of our group members for all travel occasions. PLEASE READ THE SMALL PRINT. AS OF 10/31/2014 MANY TRAVEL INSURANCE COMPANIES SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDE HELISKIING!
We highly recommend you consider some sort of travel insurance to cover your CMH trip. Yes, CMH does recommend the below policy;
* To receive a quote at: http://www.uniglobespecialtytravel.com/travel-insurance-revelstoke-bc.html
However we have found that by doing a little leg work, policies with more benefits for less money are still out there. OF COURSE YOU NEED TO READ THE FINE PRINT BECAUSE MANY OF THEM NOW SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDE HELISKIING! One website to check out is: www.squaremouth.com You must use the filters on the left side of the page and make sure you include the following: Emergency Medical; Medical Evacuation and Hazardous Sports. You should also make sure the policy you choose includes both Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption. This is merely a recommendation. "We are NEITHER REPONSIBLE NOR LIABLE FOR THE SAFETY OF ANY PARTICIPANT IN ANY HELISKIING ACTIVITIES. Likewise we are neither responsible nor liable for any financial loss you may incur as a result of electing not to take out a travel insurance policy or incorrectly choosing an inadequate travel insurance policy. So be careful and thorough in making your choice.!"
From one of our constituents: "FYI, last year I paid $350 for a policy that did not cover heliskiing or cancel for any reason through insuremytrip.com . This year the CMH(Robin and Wanekta) policy was $470 and is inclusive of cancel for any reason. The difference was not that great"
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE AESCULAPIAN SOCIETY
1. To provide the opportunity for English speaking Health Care Professionals throughout the world to live together in an idyllic environment sharing common interests in their related professions.
2. To provide stimulating seminars and discussions in the various fields of health care.
3. To stimulate both the general practitioners and specialists in the latest and most sophisticated aspects of practice, and so improve standards, techniques, and attitudes, in the delivery of health care.
4. To encourage the free exchange of ideas and knowledge between professionals of different countries and backgrounds, thus promoting international goodwill and understanding.
5. To encourage new friendships between Health Care Professionals of different countries.
All registrations for season 2022 $240 via check or 280 via Paypal
Registration Fee for each SKIING symposium is $225 if paid early or if late $280
Mail Registration Checks:
To snail mail; prior to November 1, send $225, after Novemeber 1, send $280 to:
Aesculapian Society LLC
c/o Dr. Ted Ritota
3401 South Federal Highway
Delray Beach, Fl. 33483
For you convenience you can pay by credit cards here or on the "Home" page. ($240 Prior to Nov. 1st and $295 after Nov. 1st)
Addresses of Lodges for ArriveCAN; when asked to enter use these addresses for the specific lodge you are going to:
CMH Gothics: Goldstream Forest Service Road - 9km HWY 23 N, Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0
CMH Galena: Alpha Forest Service Road - 18.5km HWY 31, Trout Lake, British Columbia, V0G 1R0