(AST) PROGRAMS

AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING

AST programs are an essential first step to safe backcountry use in the winter. Based on curriculum established by the Canadian Avalanche Centre, AST 1 and 2 courses provide a blend of practical field days with indoor theory.

COURSE (3_DAYS) PRICE
Level 1 Course Only $289
Level 1 Course + Lift Package $367

Prices quoted in Canadian funds and does not include taxes.

Dates

Dates:

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between November 23, 2018 - April 21, 2019

 

MEETING TIMES AND LOCATIONS
8am - 5pm (field & theory & debrief), EBCB patio
Day 1: 6:00pm - 9:00pm (theory), The Cabin at Base II
Day 2: 8am - 6pm (field & theory), EBCB patio
Day 3: 8am - 5pm (field & theory & debrief), EBCB patio
Note:
The evening session meets from 6-9pm on the Friday at the "The Cabin" located at 4890 Glacier Drive, Whistler V0N 1B4 (upstairs in the Fireside room) - Park in Lot 6. It is important to bring a notebook and pen to the evening indoor session. If you are running late or having trouble finding it please contact us at 604-938-9656. The course provider will inform you of meeting times and places for Saturday and Sunday on Friday evening.

SUPPLIED TO STUDENT
  • Avaluator v2.0 (CAC)
  • Backcountry Avalanche Awareness, 8th Edition, Bruce Jamieson (CAC)
RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENT PURCHASE:
  • Backcountry Whistler – John Baldwin (2013-4 ed. preferred)
EQUIPMENT AND PREPARATION
 
This list is intended as a general guideline:
  • Touring skis or split board, with climbing skins.
  • Ski poles with powder baskets (required for both skier or boarders).
  • It is recommended that boarders use collapsible poles
  • Ski boots (ideally touring) or snowboard boots.
  • Back pack (25-35 litre)
  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Avalanche shovel
  • Avalanche probe
  • Waterproof breathable shell jacket (w/hood) and pants
  • Warm non-cotton under-layers
  • Synthetic or down parka (ideally w/hood)
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses (even if it is not sunny)
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen/lip protection
  • Lunch and water (at least 1 litre)
  • Camera
  • Headlamp
  • "Rite in the rain" waterproof notebook and pencil

 

COURSE (4-DAYS) PRICE
Level 2 Course Only $599
Level 2 Course + Lift Package $716

 

Prices quoted in Canadian funds and does not include taxes.

SUPPLIED TO STUDENT

  • Avaluator v2.0 (CAC)
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain – Bruce Tremper (Armchair Books or CAC)
  • Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain – Pascal Haegli, et all (CAC)
RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENT PURCHASE:
  • Backcountry Whistler – John Baldwin (2013-4 ed. preferred)
EQUIPMENT AND PREPARATION:
This list is intended as a general guideline:
  • Touring skis or split board, with climbing skins.
  • Ski poles with powder baskets (required for both skier or boarders).
  • It is recommended that boarders use collapsible poles
  • Ski boots (ideally touring) or snowboard boots.
  • Back pack (25-35 litre)
  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Avalanche shovel
  • Avalanche probe
  • Waterproof breathable shell jacket (w/hood) and pants
  • Warm non-cotton under-layers
  • Synthetic or down parka (ideally w/hood)
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses (even if it is not sunny)
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen/lip protection
  • Lunch and water (at least 1 litre)
  • Camera
  • Headlamp

 

AST LEVEL 2 DATES

Dates:
  • DEC 3,4,5,6
  • DEC. 8,9,15,16
  • DEC. 27-30
  • JAN. 5,6,12,13
  • JAN 21-24
  • FEB. 2,3,9,10
  • FEB 4-7
  • MARCH 2,3,9,10

 

AST Level 2 meeting is 8am at the Carleton Lodge.  

CREVASSE RESCUE / GLACIER TRAVEL COURSE

Glacier travel is a reality of ski touring in South Western British Columbia and can be one of the most dangerous and limiting parts of a ski or snowboarders day. Whether to develop safe travel skills for glaciated ski traverses or to reach new lines accessed via glaciated terrain. This is an essential course designed for experienced backcountry skiers and boarders. If you intend to spend any amount of time traveling in glaciated terrain this intensive and comprehensive two day program provides the foundations of roped glacier travel and crevasse rescue. Rigging for glacier travel, travel techniques both up and downhill, snow anchor construction, Initial Load transfers, and self-rescue are the focus of day one. Raising systems (modern and improvised) with up to 6:1 mechanical advantage is the focus of the final day.

 

  • ABILITY LEVEL: Advanced Skier or Snowboarder
  • PREREQUISITES: AST I & previous rope skills recommended but not required
  • CLIENT RATIO 6:1 (min. 3)
PROGRAM PRICE  COURSE WITH LIFT TICKET
Crevasse Rescue / Glacier Travel Course $349  $388

Prices quoted in Canadian funds and does not include taxes. 

 DATES:

  • DEC. 8,9
  • DEC 22,23
  • JAN. 12,13
  • FEB. 9,10
  • MARCH 9,10
  • APRIL 6,7

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