Women's Companion Rescue Skills Clinic - Whistler
Review, refresh, and build upon your avalanche safety knowledge.
Learn avalanche skills training and the fundamental skills of winter backcountry travel with the industry-leading expert’s Mountain Skills Academy.
We are a proud ‘Contributor’ to Avalanche Canada and an approved Avalanche Skills Training course provider.
What is the WBS?
THE WOMEN’S BACKCOUNTRY SERIES is a program designed to provide the wonderful women of Whistler with the knowledge, mentorship, and community support necessary to ski & splitboard safely in the backcountry. The WBS is presented by MOUNTAIN SKILLS ACADEMY, in partnership with THE ESCAPE ROUTE, and HUNTER GATHER.
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.
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.**All Courses subject to a minimum number of participants. 48 hour notice will be given if the minimum number has not been reached.
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.
If you require rentals we have teamed up with local rental companies to provide discounted rentals. Visit our rental page HERE for more information!
Clothing 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
- 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
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
The important details:
Season: Nov – Apr
Duration: 1 Day (8:30am – 4:30pm)
Max Ratio: 8 Clients to 1 Guide
Prerequisites: Average Fitness & AST 1 (asset)
Price: $199/per person | $749/private (up to 6ppl)
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