Avalanche Skills Training AST level 2 Course Sea To Sky. This 4 day course is designed to take your backcountry skiing and avalanche knowledge to the next level. The AST-2 course includes a comprehensive review of AST-1 material and all standardized AST-2 content from Avalanche Canada. Students receive AST-2 certification upon completion of the course.
Our AST-2 will set you up with pro level skills in current rescue techniques, backcountry trip planning, understanding avalanche forecasts, snow science, and terrain travel. Understanding how to translate an avalanche forecast into the terrain and safely travel through it is the primary focus of our course. We will also do a lot of awesome skiing throughout the course!
Our AST-2 course is taught by Tristen or Doug, who bring a wealth of backcountry skiing and avalanche knowledge to your course. Tristen is a ACMG Ski Guide and Doug is the lead avalanche forecaster for North Shore Rescue.
BC Ski Guides is a licensed provider of Avalanche Canada AST courses. Certified ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) and CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association) Professional Members.
- AST-1 Review
- Latest companion rescue techniques and equipment review
- Trip Planning
- Using modern tools for weather observations and forecasts
- Using the Avaluator and ATES (Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale) tools to aid decision making
- Understanding and incorporating Public Avalanche Bulletins into your decision making
- Terrain usage
- In field weather and avalanche observations and how they impact your decision making
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
- $599 + GST per person
Day 1 & 2: Whistler/Blackcomb Backcountry
- 8:00am: Meet at Lift Co Coffee in Whistler Villiage
- 8:30am to 4:00pm: Whistler/Blackcomb Backcountry
- Session Goals: AST Content, review prior day’s topics, trip planning, and terrain usage.
Day 3 & 4: Duffey Lake
- 8:00am: Meet at Mount Currie Coffee Co. in Pemberton
- 8:30am to 4:00pm: Duffey Lake Backcountry
- Session Goals: Unique aspects of the zone and it’s snowpack, trip planning, and terrain usage.
You will need the following gear for your day:
- Alpine touring skis or split-board
- Avalanche kit: transceiver (digital), probe, shovel
- Medium sized backpack (20 to 30l)
- Lunch, snacks, & water
- Helmet is recommended
- Ski googles
- Sun glasses
- Sun screeen