AST Level 1 (Avalanche Safety Training) – North Vancouver

Based on the world leading curriculum developed by Avalanche Canada. This 2 day (online/field) course is THE standard for anyone looking to venture into the backcountry on skis, snowboard, or snowshoes. This course will set you up with avalanche theory and the tools for making smart decisions in the backcountry. Learn the most up to date techniques in the industry for avalanche companion rescue.

The course is 2 days: 1 online at your own pace, and 1 full field day with your instructor. On the field day, we will review the online course content and then dive right into a full day of field based learning.

Who’s it for?

  • New backcountry skiers, split-boarders, or snowshoers (No prior backcountry experience is required)
  • Fitness for up to 2-3 hours of travel per day

What you’ll learn:

  • Avalanche Theory: formation and release
  • Companion Rescue
  • Avalanche Safety Technology: Airbags, Transceivers, Probes, Shovels
  • Human Factors
  • Terrain Identification
  • Avalanche Danger Ratings
  • Snowpack Analysis
  • Avaluator System
  • Understanding Public Avalanche Bulletins
  • Weather Tools

Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Online avalanche theory course. Complete at your own pace during the week prior to the start of day 2.
  • Day 2: 8AM – 4PM Field day. North Vancouver: Mount Seymour Park.

 

Scheduled Courses – 2020/2021 Season

Dec 5, 2020 $185 CAD/person
Dec 12, 2020 $185 CAD/person
Dec 19, 2020 $185 CAD/person
Dec 26, 2020 $185 CAD/person
Jan 2, 2021 $185 CAD/person
Jan 9, 2021 $185 CAD/person
Jan 16, 2021 $185 CAD/person
Jan 23, 2021 $185 CAD/person
Jan 30, 2021 $185 CAD/person
Feb 6, 2021 $185 CAD/person
Feb 13, 2021 $185 CAD/person
Feb 20, 2021 $185 CAD/person
Feb 27, 2021 $185 CAD/person
Mar 6, 2021 $185 CAD/person
Mar 13, 2021 $185 CAD/person
Mar 20, 2021 $185 CAD/person

Important: You will be required to sign a waiver at the beginning of your course or guided trip. Please ensure you have read and understood the waiver prior to the course start date.

Avalanche Course Waiver: AvalancheCanadaWaiver2019.pdf

INCLUDED
Small group size
CAA Instructor or ACMG Guide
“Backcountry Avalanche Awareness” Book
Avaluator V.2 Manual and decision making card
Course student handouts and reference materials
50% off refresher Companion Rescue Skills courses
Access to our guides and instructors for post course questions!
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Avalanche Equipment (Available for rent from us)
Transportation

Day 1

  • Online training
  • Complete anywhere at your own schedule prior to Day 2 of course

Day 2

  • 8 AM Morning Session
  • 9 AM to 4PM Field Day: Seymour Provincial Park

You will need the following gear for your course, contact us if you need any recommendations:

  • Alpine touring boots, skis or split-board, poles, skins
  • Avalanche kit: transceiver (digital), probe, shovel
  • Medium sized backpack (20 to 30l)
  • Lunch, snacks, & water
  • Helmet is recommended
  • Ski googles
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun screen
  • Headlamp
  • Warm clothing and down jacket for lunch break
  • Goretex Jacket & Pants
  • Extra gloves and touque
  • Smartphone with GPS mapping program installed (Gaia recommended)
  • Basic first aid and blister kit
Avalanche Companion Rescue
transceiver check Ski Touring Cypress Park, BC
Compression Test performed by BC Parks Ranger, Coast Range Mountains, BC
Arcteryx Group AST-1 Mount Seymour
Avalanche Companion Rescue