Avalanche Skills Training AST-1 Plus Course Vancouver and Sea To Sky Gondola

The AST-1 Plus course provides an avalanche decision making foundation for recreational backcountry skiers and snowboarders. Just getting into ski touring or split-boarding? Or maybe it’s been a few years and need a refresher with current techniques? This is the course for you. Our course is taught by certified professionals who work in guiding and SAR (Search and Rescue).

Our AST1 Plus course is 1 evening session and 2 full field days. Field days are spent in the backcountry ski terrain near Sky Pilot and the Stadium glacier. Access is via the Sea to Sky Gondola. The course is based on standardized content from the Canadian Avalanche Center. We cover all the AST1 theory and then focus on learning in the field with real world examples from guiding and SAR.

The course goals are:

  • Equipment Selection and Pack Contents
  • Trip Planning
  • Avalanche Terrain Recognition
  • Safe Route Selection
  • Companion Rescue
  • Using the Avaluator and ATES (Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale) tools to aid decision making
  • Weather Resources and Forecasts
  • Understanding and incorporating Public Avalanche Bulletins into your decision making

We are your local Vancouver ski guiding and avalanche skills training provider.  Our courses are 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).

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

2017/18 Dates:

  • Nov 24 (Evening), 24 & 26 (Field Days), 2017 Zaui Software - Tour Operator Software & Online Tour Management and Reservation Software
  • Dec 1 (Evening), 2 & 3 (Field Days), 2017 JUST ADDED Zaui Software - Tour Operator Software & Online Tour Management and Reservation Software
  • Dec 8 (Evening), 9 & 10 (Field Days), 2017 – SOLD OUT
  • Dec 15 (Evening), 16 & 17 (Field Days), 2017 SOLD OUT
  • Dec 29 (Evening), 30 & 31 (Field Days), 2017 Zaui Software - Tour Operator Software & Online Tour Management and Reservation Software
  • Jan 19 (Evening), 20 & 21 (Field Days), 2018 Zaui Software - Tour Operator Software & Online Tour Management and Reservation Software
  • Mar 2 (Evening), 3 & 4 (Field Days), 2018 Zaui Software - Tour Operator Software & Online Tour Management and Reservation Software
  • Price:

  • $250 + GST per person*

 

INCLUDED
CAA Professional Member Instructor
AST1 Course Matertials
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Gondola Lift Ticket (Additional $66+GST)
Avalanche Equipment (We can arrange rental)
Transportation

Evening Classroom Session:

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

Field Session 1: Sea to Sky Gondola Backcountry

  • 9am to 4:30pm: Sea to sky gondola access to backcountry area
  • Meeting location: 9am at gondola base
  • Session Goals: Review classroom content, public bulletin interpretation, basic weather forecasts, ATES ratings, trip planning, companion rescue, trailhead procedures, North Shore backcountry terrain and avalanche hazard overview.
  • What to bring: Please arrive dressed and ready to go for a day in the field after the indoor session. We will eat lunch in the field. Bring the equipment listed below.

Field Session 2: Sea to Sky Gondola Backcountry

  • 9am to 4:30pm: Sea to sky gondola access to backcountry area
  • Meeting location: 9am at gondola base
  • Session Goals: Review of prior day’s topics, trip planning, and terrain usage.
  • What to bring: Please arrive dressed and ready to go for a day in the field after a brief morning meeting. We will eat lunch in the field. Bring the equipment in the gear list.

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
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