Avalanche Skills Training AST 2+ Course – Joffre Lake Park, Cerise Creek, and Coquihalla Summit

COVID Update Nov 20, 2020: AST Courses are proceeding under the new Nov 19 Health Order for BC. BC Ski Guides Ltd. COVID procedures will be followed by all students and instructors on courses. AST Courses deemed an essential educational service by Dr. Albert de Villiers, Chief Medical Officer for Interior Health and Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer.

Our popular AST 2+ course is for backcountry skiers and split-boarders looking get into bigger and more complex mountain terrain. The course provides deep understanding of avalanche rescue, avalanche forecasting, terrain usage, and snow science. The focus is on developing the skills to evaluate terrain and select appropriate ski lines based on the current conditions. Expect to have an immersive 4 days of experienced based learning and decision making.

Whistler, Duffey Lake, and Coquihalla Summit are great ski zones with unique snowpacks providing an ideal learning environment.

Who’s it for?

  • Backcountry skiers and split-boarders
  • Ski or ride a black run inbound confidently
  • 1 or more seasons of personal backcountry experience
  • Moderate fitness (6-8 hours of travel per day)
  • AST-1 Certification or equivalent

Course content:

  • AST 1 Review – online precourse
  • Latest companion rescue techniques
  • Route planning
  • Weather observations and forecasts
  • Avalanche forecasting
  • Experience based decision making
  • Human factors and biases
  • Terrain usage

BC Ski Guides is a licensed provider of Avalanche Canada AST courses. ACMG certified guides and CAA professional members instructors.

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
Scheduled Courses – 2020/21

Dec 17-20, 2020 (Pemberton/Duffy Lake) $699 CAD/person
Dec 27-30, 2020 (Pemberton/Duffy Lake) $699 CAD/person
Jan 28-31, 2021 (Coquihalla/Manning Park) $699 CAD/person
Private Courses Available Contact us with your dates tristen@bcskiguides.com


CAA Professional Member Instructor
AST-2 Course Matertials
Pre-Course Consultation
Low Ratios (Max 6 Students)
Avalanche Equipment
Accommodation: Note we will recommend affordable hotel options once you signup.

Day 0.5

  • 2 hour online training
  • Complete anywhere at your own schedule prior to Day 1 of course

Day 1

  • 8 AM Morning Session
  • 9 AM to 4 PM Field Day

Day 2

  • 8 AM Morning Session
  • 9 AM to 4PM Field Day

Day 3

  • 8 AM Morning Session
  • 9 AM to 4 PM Field Day

Day 4

  • 8 AM Morning Session
  • 9 AM to 4PM Field Day

You will need the following gear for your course:

  • Alpine touring skis or split-board with skins
  • Avalanche kit: transceiver (digital), probe, shovel
  • Snow Study Kit: thermometer, crystal screen, loope, ruler
  • Medium sized backpack (30-40l)
  • Lunch, snacks, & water
  • Helmet is recommended
  • Synthetic base and midlayer clothing (no cotton)
  • Breathable Windproof Jacket
  • Goretex Shell Jacket & Pants
  • Warm Insulated Jacket
  • 2 Pairs of Gloves
  • Warm Touque and Facemask
  • Ski googles
  • Sun glasses
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Map and compass
  • Phone with Navigation App Installed (Gaia)
  • Compass
  • John Baldwin ski touring map for Duffey Lake and Coquihalla
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