Companion Rescue Skills Clinic

Per Person: $159

Private (up to 6 People): $849

Review, refresh, and build upon your avalanche safety knowledge.

Location: Whistler

Duration: 1 Days

Ability: Intermediate

Fitness: Average

Prerequisites: Ski Touring

Practice your companion rescue skills and advance beyond the scope of AST1 by learning how to deal with multiple burials, close-proximity multiple burials, deep burials, coordinate group rescues, and search without transceivers. Discussion topics also include airbags, new shovelling techniques, and avalanche incident triage.

Other Avalanche Training Courses: AST 1 Vancouver / AST 2 / AST 1 Whistler

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COURSE INFORMATION

Just the thing to step up your skills and gain confidence in the backcountry. Spend the day with a guide who will teach you the most up-to-date Search and Rescue techniques to make you a more valuable member of your touring party. We go beyond the basic rescue skills you already know and cover topics that your AST1 did not.

Topics include:

  • Advanced transceiver functions & alternative search strategies
  • New rescue digging techniques
  • Searching without a transceiver
  • Deep burial searches
  • Multiple burial searches
  • Organizing and leading a search
  • Preventative measures
  • Discussion of avalanche airbags

It is not mandatory to have taken Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST1) before taking this course but it is highly recommended

**The price of the tour does not include a gondola ticket. Gondola tickets are available for purchase through our office.**

Day 1: Meet the guide at 8:45am at a pre-arranged location. 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 8:15am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre (#7 – 4433 Sundial Place, Whistler)/Vancouver 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 on Day 1. The day will end at approximately 4:30pm with a quick debrief and discussion of what steps you can take after your AST1.

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.

1 Day Course Topics Covered:
  • Trailhead procedures - Equipment and Transceiver check
  • Preventative Measures
  • Prioritizing actions if caught in avalanche
  • Airbags
  • Transceivers 101
  • Search and Rescue techniques
  • Searching without a transceiver
  • Multiple Burial Situations
  • Deep Burial Situations
  • Organize a group rescue
  • Post-Incident Considerations

Click HERE for the full curriculum