Avalanche Skills Training 2 (AST 2) - Whistler

Per Person: $599

Private (up to 6 People): $2999

Take your backcountry adventure to the next level!

Location: Whistler

Duration: 4 Days 

Prerequisites: AST1 & backcountry experience

Fitness Level: Very Good 

Well regarded as Whistler’s leading avalanche skills educator, MSAA provides an exceptional Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 (AST 2) Course.

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.

Our carefully designed curriculums have been crafted into a number of programs designed to help every level of student reach their full potential. 

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COURSE DETAILS BELOW...

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Private Tour:

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.

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
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Mandatory Student Fee
  • 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 Classroom Day: Meet the guide at 8:45am at the Aava Hotel Whistler.

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.

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.

Day 2 - 4: Meet at 8:15am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre (#7 – 4433 Sundial Place, Whistler).

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.

Rentals/Purchase:

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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
  • 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:

    • 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
    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

    Click HERE for the full curriculum

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