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Avalanche Skills Training

(AST) Programs
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.

AST LEVEL 1+


Avalanche Skills Training Level 1+

Our Avalanche Skills Training Level 1+ course (AST 1+) provides an entry-level decision-making framework for recreational skiers and snowboarders in winter backcountry avalanche terrain. This comprehensive 2.5 day program is a blend of practical field days with indoor theory and review based on curriculum as established by the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

Theory and practical topics include:
  • Avalanche phenomena, formation and release
  • Terrain recognition
  • Risk evaluation and reduction
  • Route selection and appropriate travel techniques
  • Factors affecting snowpack structure, change and metamorphism
  • Snowpack testing techniques
  • The steps required to plan and carry out a trip
  • Self rescue fundamentals and equipment usage

Recommended Ability Level - Please note that this course is suitable for intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders confident in handling varying snow conditions, such as ice, powder, crust and slush. Minimum age is 12yrs.

Course (3-Days)​ Price

​Level 1​ Course Only

$259

​Level 1​ ​Course + Lift Package

$383

Prices quoted in Canadian funds and does not include taxes.

To book a AST Level 1+, please choose a Friday start date of the course:

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Backcountry
Meeting times and locations
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:

Equipment

AST LEVEL 2


Avalanche Skills Training Level 2

The "Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 course" is designed for the serious and experienced winter backcountry user. This course expands on the theories and principles established at the AST 1 level course or those who already have a solid understanding of snow avalanche principles. The program incorporates extensive practical field sessions in real avalanche terrain implementing a systematic approach for assessing and evaluating the potential avalanche hazard.

The course focuses on advanced:
  • Pre-trip data collection and interpretation
  • Decision-making
  • Terrain assessment and route finding
  • Ongoing field observations skills
  • Snowpack tests
  • Self rescue techniques

Recommended Ability Level - Please note that this course is suitable for intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders confident in handling varying snow conditions, such as ice, powder, crust and slush.

Course (4-Days)​ Price

​Level 2​ Course Only

$599

​Level 2​ ​Course + Lift Package

$847

Prices quoted in Canadian funds and does not include taxes.

AST Level 2 Registration »
Backcountry
Backcountry
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:

Equipment
AST Level 2 Dates
​Course # Dates​ Register for AST2
1​ December 27-30
(4 days together)
Book Online
2​ January 7-8, 14-15
(split over 2 weekends)
Book Online
​3 ​​February 4-5/11-12
(split over 2 weekends)
Book Online
4 ​March 4-5/11-12
(split over 2 weekends)
Book Online

AST Level 2 meeting is 8am at the Carleton Lodge. More Information and to book call: 1-800-938-9656

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)
Equipment
ProgramPrice
Crevasse Rescue / Glacier Travel Course $325

Prices quoted in Canadian funds and does not include taxes.

Dates
January 16-17
February 13-14
March 12-13
April 9-10

book call: 1-800-766-0449