Avalanche Skills Training 2 - Whistler

Per Person: $599

Private (up to 6 People): $2999

Take your backcountry adventure to the next level!

Location: Whistler

Duration: 4 Days

Ability: Intermediate

Fitness: Good

Prerequisites: AST1 & backcountry experience

Our Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 course teaches managing and mitigating avalanche and mountain hazards. Learn how to formulate a logical, concise and dependable safety plan for backcountry skiing or splitboarding. With the AST2 we have two options you can either take the course in one four day block or 2 consecutive weekends in Whistler.

Other Avalanche Training Courses: AST 1 Snowshoe Vancouver / AST 1 Whistler / Companion Rescue Skills Clinic

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COURSE INFORMATION

The AST 2 course consists of one classroom day and 3 days of extensive outdoor field sessions on the mountain focusing on terrain analysis, snowpack assessment and rescue skills.We provide you with the know-how to easily formulate a logical, concise and dependable safety plan for backcountry skiing or riding. You will learn to bring together critical information and resources into one unique integrated plan.

We have designed this as a step by step, regimented approach which is time efficient and highly effective. This greatly facilitates the task and ensures a plan is made and implemented prior to skiing or riding. This plan will form the basis of decision making as to where and how the next day’s skiing will safely take place.

The Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 course is designed for students who have already taken the AST 1 Course or for experienced backcountry skiers & riders looking to broaden their avalanche skills. Our in-depth course meets and surpasses the Canadian Avalanche Centre requirements with additional MSAA curriculum.

Course includes:

  • Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Certificate (upon successful completion)
  • Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain Fieldbook
  • 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
  • Recommended Reading: Students are encouraged to purchase ‘Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain’ to aid their learning

**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 a pre-arranged location. Everyone will sign waivers and the guide will review what you covered in your AST1 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 8:15am at a pre-arranged location. The guide will lead a short briefing (discussing current conditions and weather) and have everyone perform a gear check. From there you will head up the mountain to apply the skills you learned in the classroom. The days will end at approximately 4:30pm with homework. The end of the course will have a course debrief and discussion of what steps you can take after your AST2.

Day 1: (Classroom Day): Just bring yourself, lunch, pens, and paper. A laptop is 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:

  • Lift Pass (If you do not have a season pass or Epic Pass or Edge Card, you can purchase a backcountry ticket from MSAA for $59)
  • 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

*This can be rented from Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre.

Day 1 (Classroom Day):
  • AST1 Review
  • Group Leadership
  • Avalanche Types
  • Terrain Management Techniques
  • The Avalanche Forecast
  • Trip Planning
  • Avalanche Danger Exceptions
  • Companion Rescue Theory
Day 2 (Field Day):
  • Trailhead Procedures
  • Obtaining Field Observations
  • Advanced Companion Rescue
  • The Bulletin & Avalanche Problems
  • Perform Snowpack Test
  • Situational Awareness & Leadership
  • Recognizing Terrain Transitions
  • Recognizing Avalanche Hazard Areas
  • Safe Travel Techniques & Group Management
  • Snow Stability Test
  • Snowpack & Weather Recording
  • Homework
  • Local Avalanche Bulletin
  • Weather Forecast
  • Mountain Conditions Report
  • Field Findings
Day 3 (Field Day):
  • Leadership in Avalanche Terrain
  • Independent Safety Decision Making
  • Safe Track Setting
  • Situational Awareness & Leadership
  • Safe Travel Techniques & Group Management
  • Advanced Companion Rescue
  • Homework
  • Local Avalanche Bulletin
  • Weather Forecast
  • Mountain Conditions Report
  • Field Findings
Day 4 (Field Day):
  • Recap of lessons from previous two days
  • Dealing with Terrain Crux
  • Course Debrief
  • Final Safety Discussion
  • Next Steps: Mountain Navigation, Crevasse Rescue, Ski Mountaineering

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