Avalanche Skills Training AST level 2 Plus Course Whistler Blackcomb and Duffey Lake Pemberton. Our 4 day course is designed to take your backcountry skiing and avalanche knowledge to the next level.
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).
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. 2 days of the course are in the whistler/blackcomb backcountry zone, and 2 days in the Duffey Lake area (45 min drive from Whistler).
Licensed provider of Avalanche Canada AST 1 and 2 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
- December 20 to 24, 2017 – SOLD OUT
- December 27 to 30, 2017
- January 4 to 7, 2018 – SOLD OUT
- February 9 (Evening Session), 10, 11, 17, 18, 2018 (Over 2 weekends) – SOLD OUT
- March 9 (Evening Session), 10, 11, 17, 18, 2018 (Over 2 weekends)
- $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