WBS - Companion Rescue Skills Clinic

Per Person: $159

Private (up to 6 People): $849

Location: Whistler

Duration: 1 Day

Ability: Intermediate

Fitness: Average

Prerequisites: Ski Touring

 

Review, refresh, and build upon your avalanche safety knowledge. 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, co-ordinate group rescues, and search without transceivers. Discussion topics also include airbags, new shovelling techniques, and avalanche incident triage.

Other WBS Courses: Into to Backcountry / AST 1 / Advanced Backcountry Skills Clinic

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COURSE INFORMATION

Just the thing to step up your skills and gain confidence in the backcountry. The program is designed to give ladies a chance to advance their skills in a safe & supportive learning environment. 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.

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

8:15am – Meet at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre for a gear check and trip planning.

8:30am – Use the lifts to gain quick access to the backcountry.

4pm (approximately) – Ski back to the village and end the day with a debrief at HUNTER GATHER (and a free beer or cider!)

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.

Topics Include:
  • Preventative measures
  • Prioritization of actions in the event of an avalanche
  • Transceiver functions & limitations
  • Advanced search techniques
  • Multiple burial situations
  • Deep burial situations
  • Searching without a transceiver
  • Newest shovelling/excavation protocols
  • Avalanche airbag discussion
  • Post-incident considerations