Companion Rescue Skills Clinic
Per Person: $159
Private (up to 6 People): $849
Review, refresh, and build upon your avalanche safety knowledge.
Duration: 1 Days
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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)*
- 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
- 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