Intro Ski Touring and AST Level 1 (Avalanche Safety Training) – Whistler

Looking to get into backcountry skiing or split-boarding this season? Or maybe you’ve already got a few trips under your belt and want to further develop your skills. This is THE course for you.

The course combines our popular introduction to ski touring and AST 1 certification. The AST 1 component is based on the world leading curriculum developed by Avalanche Canada. Through out the course we focus on practical application of AST course content for ski touring. Our goal is to set you up with a solid foundation of avalanche knowledge, tools, and the ability to pull it all together make make smart decisions in the backcountry!

Who’s it for?

  • New backcountry skiers and splitboarders (No prior touring experience is required)
  • Can ski or ride a blue run inbounds confidently
  • Fitness for up to 2-3 hours of travel per day

What you’ll learn:

AST 1 Component:

  • Avalanche theory
  • Companion Rescue
  • Human Factors
  • Terrain Identification
  • Avalanche Danger Ratings
  • Snowpack Analysis

Ski Touring Component:

  • Equipment Selection and Usage
  • Trip planning
  • Safe Terrain Usage
  • Efficient Uphill Track Setting
  • Modern Navigation
  • Weather Tools

Itinerary:

  • Online Course: 4-6 hour online avalanche theory course. Complete at your own pace during the week prior to field session.
  • Online Meeting: 7PM on evening before first field day
  • Field Day 1: 7:30AM – 3:30PM Whistler/Blackcomb Backcountry
  • Field Day 2: 7:30AM – 3:30PM Whistler/Blackcomb Backcountry

 


Scheduled Courses – 2021/2022 Season

10% Early Bird Discount Until Oct 31, 2021! Use promo code EarlyBirdPOW at checkout.

November 20 & 21, 2021
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November 25 & 26, 2021
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November 27 & 28, 2021
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December 2 & 3, 2021
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December 4 & 5, 2021
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December 9 & 10, 2021
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December 11 & 12, 2021
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December 16 & 17, 2021
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December 18 & 19, 2021
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December 22 & 23, 2021
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December 29 & 30, 2021
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January 1 & 2, 2022
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January 6 & 7, 2022
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January 8 & 9, 2022
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January 13 & 14, 2022
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January 15 & 16, 2022
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January 22 & 23, 2022
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January 27 & 28, 2022
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January 29 & 30, 2022
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February 3 & 4, 2022
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February 5 & 6, 2022
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February 10 & 11, 2022
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February 12 & 13, 2022
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February 17 & 18, 2022
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February 19 & 20, 2022
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February 24 & 25, 2022
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February 26 & 27, 2022
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March 3 & 4, 2022
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March 5 & 6, 2022
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March 10 & 11, 2022
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March 12 & 13, 2022
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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

INCLUDED
Small group size
CAA Instructor or ACMG Guide
“Backcountry Avalanche Awareness” Book
Avaluator V.2 Manual and decision making card
Course student handouts and reference materials
50% off refresher Companion Rescue Skills courses
Access to our guides and instructors for post course questions!
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Avalanche Equipment (Available for rent from us)
Transportation
Whistler/Blackcomb Lift Ticket ($59)

Online Training

  • Online course – complete anywhere at your own schedule prior to first field day
  • Online meeting with instructor and fellow students the evening prior to first field day

Field Day 1

  • 07:30AM Morning Meeting
  • 8:30AM to 03:30PM Field Day: Whistler/Blackcomb Backcountry

Field Day 2

  • 07:30AM Morning Meeting
  • 8:30AM to 03:30PM Field Day: Whistler/Blackcomb Backcountry

You will need the following gear for your course, contact us if you need any recommendations:

  • Alpine touring boots, skis or split-board, poles, skins
  • Avalanche kit: transceiver (digital), probe, shovel
  • Medium sized backpack (20 to 30l)
  • Lunch, snacks, & water
  • Helmet is recommended
  • Ski googles
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun screen
  • Headlamp
  • Warm clothing and down jacket for lunch break
  • Goretex Jacket & Pants
  • Extra gloves and touque
  • Smartphone with GPS mapping program installed (Gaia recommended)
  • Basic first aid and blister kit
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