Avalanche Skills Training AST level 2 Plus Course Vancouver, Whistler, and Pemberton.  Our 4 day course is designed to take your backcountry touring and avalanche knowledge to the next level.

The absolute best avalanche skills training level 2 course for Vancouver based skiers.

We are your local Vancouver ski guiding and avalanche skills training provider.  Our AST-2 course is  taught by professionals who work in ski guiding, avalanche consulting, and SAR (Search and Rescue).  In fact, both of our instructors are the lead avalanche forecasters for North Shore Search and Rescue (NSR) and have intimate knowledge of the terrain of the North Shore Mountains in Vancouver!  Learn from the local pros.

The AST-2 course includes a comprehensive review of AST1 material, and all standardized AST-2 content from Avalanche Canada.  Students receive AST-2 certification upon completion of the course.

What sets our course apart?  We travel to as many different ski touring zones as possible! Each with their own unique terrain and snowpack. We start with the local North Shore mountains and then move up the Sea to Sky to spend a day in the Whistler/Blackcomb backcountry. After that we head up into the mighty Duffey Lake zone to experience the unique aspects of the Duffey snowpack.  Conditions dependent we may also travel to the Coquihalla Summit area, where the deep snow and interesting terrain provides many touring options.

Licensed provider of Avalanche Canada AST 1 and 2 courses.  Certified ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) and CAA (Canadian Avalanche Association) Professional Members.

Course content:

  • 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

Dates:

  • November 28 (Evening Session), 29 to Dec 2, 2017
  • December 20 (Evening Session), 21 to 24, 2017
  • February 9 (Evening Session), 10, 11, 17, 18, 2018 (Over 2 weekends)
  • March 9 (Evening Session), 10, 11, 17, 18, 2018 (Over 2 weekends)

Price:

  • $599 + GST per person*

How Book: Fill out the form on the right and we will respond within 24 hours. Or call us directly!

 

INCLUDED
CAA Professional Member Instructor
AST-2 Course Matertials
Fun times!
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Whistler Backcountry Lift Ticket (Additional $60)
Avalanche Equipment (We can arrange rental)
Transportation
Accomodation

Evening Classroom Session:

  • 6 to 9pm “Community Room”, MEC North Vancouver
  • Session Goals: AST1 classroom content
  • What to bring: Notebook and pencil.

Day 1: North Vancouver

  • 8am to 12:00pm: AST classroom content
  • 12:30 to 4:30pm: North Shore Backcountry (Cypress or Seymour)
  • Session Goals: Review AST classroom content, public bulletin interpretation, basic weather forecasts, ATES ratings, trip planning, companion rescue, trailhead procedures, North Shore backcountry terrain and avalanche hazard overview.

Day 2: Whistler/Blackcomb Backcountry

  • 8:00am: Meet at Lift Co Coffee in Whistler Villiage
  • 8:30am to 4:30pm: Whistler/Blackcomb Backcountry
  • Session Goals: Review of prior day’s topics, trip planning, and terrain usage.

Day 3: Duffey Lake or Coquihalla Summit

  • 8:00am:  Meet at Mount Currie Coffee Co. in Pemberton or Blue Moose Coffee in Hope
  • 8:30am to 4:30pm: Duffey Lake or Coquihalla Backcountry
  • Session Goals: Unique aspects of the zone and it’s snowpack, trip planning, and terrain usage.

Day 4: Duffey Lake or Coquihalla Summit

  • 8:00am:  Meet at Mount Currie Coffee Co. in Pemberton or Blue Moose Coffee in Hope
  • 8:30am to 4:30pm: Duffey Lake or Coquihalla 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
File_000 (7)
avalanche-powder-cloud
avalanche-powder-cloud-over-tracks
avalanche-powder-cloud-big
avalanche-loose-wet
File_000 (1)
File_000 (7)
File_001
File_003 (2)