Avalanche Skills Training 1 - Duffey Lake

Per Person: $279

Private (up to 6 People): $1399

Industry leading Avalanche Skills Training course that introduces the fundamentals critical to safe backcountry travel in avalanche terrain.

Location: Duffey Lake

Duration: 2 Days

Ability: Introductory

Fitness: Average

Prerequisites:  Strong Intermediate Ski/Board Level

Well regarded as the Sea to Sky’s leading avalanche skills educator, MSAA is now providing AST 1 Courses at Duffey Lake, BC.

Business as usual just safer.

In accordance with leading subject matter experts & authorities we have compiled and developed a robust, dependable and safe method to provide the outstanding learning experience that MSAA is known for. 

A full day in the classroom with our expert guides promotes discussion between students which is critical to avalanche learning progression. We then travel to true backcountry terrain to establish the requisite foundation and develop the critical skills necessary for safe backcountry travel in avalanche terrain.

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Public Course Dates:

How to book: Select your preferred start date - please note the second day will follow on from day 1.

Private Course Dates:

Book a Private Course to work around your plans & location preferences.

How to book: Enter the start date of your course then let us know your prefered schedule under billing information at checkout.

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Book online or contact our office to ask any questions: 1-604-938-9242 or info@mountainskillsacademy.com

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COURSE INFORMATION

Course design and refinement by IMFGA / ACMG Mountain Guides / CAA Operations Level II Professionals of extensive experience. MSAA, the area's longest established provider (since 1991), proudly maintains 5 Star – Trip Advisor, Hall of Fame status for avalanche courses, is a Founding Member and Sponsor of Avalanche Canada. This in-depth course meets and surpasses the Canadian Avalanche Centre requirements with additional MSAA curriculum.

The course begins with an online digital pre-course video and questionnaire. The theory portion of the course is a full day and held in a comfortable classroom. Here we will provide our carefully crafted curriculum with an engaging interactive multimedia presentation.

COVID-19: Our classroom location allows all students to maintain the required 2m physical distancing guidelines. The establishtment performs it's own cleaning before and after every meeting room use, and our instructors will also wipe down all tables during every break. We also require all students to wear a mask when inside the classroom as an extra precaution.

The practical portion of the course is held in true backcountry, world class terrain that is easily accessible in a timely manner. This serves to maximize the time our student’s spend to develop their skills as well as provide the best quality terrain for an optimal learning environment.

Snowboarders: For this course we require that all snowboarders use a splitboard. We do not allow people to use snowshoes for this course.

Course includes:

  • Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Certificate (upon successful completion)
  • Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Book
  • Avaluator Booklet and Avaluator Slope Assessment Field Card
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Mandatory Student Fee
  • Companion Rescue Field Card
  • Use of Snow Study Kit with Thermometer, Crystal Screen and Loupe
  • 30-minute Pre-Course Interactive Lesson and Video

**All Courses subject to a minimum number of participants. 48 hour notice will be given if the minimum number has not been reached.

Day 1: Meet the guide at 8:45am at the HI-Hostel Whistler (1035 Legacy Way, Whistler).

Everyone will sign waivers and the guide will review the AST Pre-Test before starting on the course theory. The day will include a short morning and afternoon break as well as a lunch break. The day will end with a debrief along with homework, some handouts and a resources list.

Day 2: Meet at 7:00am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre Whistler.

The guide will lead a short briefing (discussing current conditions and weather) and have everyone perform a gear check.

From there you will take a shuttle to the Duffey Lake area to apply the skills you learned on Day 1.

Approach Angle Shuttle Logo A shuttle service from Escape Route ADC Whistler to Duffey Lake is provided by Approch Angle Shuttle for an additional $45.00 return per person.

Booking the shuttle will enhance your experience as you will have extra time to ask the guide any extra question regarding the course.

Rentals/Purchase:

Escape Route Logo

If you require rentals or need to purchase equipment, we have teamed up with the experts at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Follow the link HERE to purchase or rent gear for this course!



Day 1: (Classroom Day)

  • Pen (due to COVID-19, we will not be providing pens)
  • Paper/notebook
  • Lunch, snacks & water
  • Face mask (classroom and transport)
  • Laptop (optional)

  • Day 2: (Field Day): Dress appropriately for the conditions.

    Clothing:

    • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants
    • Down or synthetic insulated jacket
    • Mid layer fleece top
    • Insulating top and bottom under layers and socks
    • Warm hat/toque and balaclava
    • 2 pairs of gloves
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen

    Equipment:

    • Backpack-25-35 Litres
    • Alpine touring skis/splitboard, skins, bindings, and boots
    • Avalanche Safety Kit (transceiver, shovel, probe)
    • Helmet
    • Poles
    • First Aid Kit with blister kit
    • Rite in the Rain notebook and pencil (optional)
    • Map, compass, GPS (optional)
    • Lunch, snacks, and water
    Day 1 (Classroom):
    • Snowpack: Crystals & Layers
    • Terrain
    • Environmental Factors in Avalanche Formation Terrain
    • Avalanche Hazard Mitigation
    • Avalanche Danger Resources
    • Human Factors
    • Equipment and Companion Rescue Technique Familiarization
    • Pre-Trip Planning & Avalanche Bulletin/Avaluator
    • Decision Making Competence
    Day 2 (Outdoor):
    • Trailhead Procedures
    • Companion Rescue
    • Avalanche Terrain Travel
    • Snowpack and/or Avalanche Observations
    • Snowpack Tests
    • Avalanche Terrain Descent

    Click HERE for the full curriculum