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AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING - LEVEL 2

MORE FIELD TIME MAKES A BETTER COURSE!

Since the 2018/19 season I have offered a standard 4 1/2 day AST 2 course format. One thing that I have learned over the years teaching courses is that a full day of classroom is too much and three days in the field is not enough! My AST 2 courses cover the classroom session in the evening on the first day and short morning sessions on the field days. More time in the field makes for a better course!

An AST 2 course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience and who have taken an AST 1 course. An AST 2 course builds on the foundations of your AST 1, and provides an intermediate decision-making framework for travelling in avalanche terrain. An AST 2 course comprises a minimum of 9.5 hours of classroom instruction with a minimum of three days in the field. The course is suitable for people with a moderate degree of training and experience.

 

AST 2 COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the use and interpretation of snowpack tests.

  • Be familiar with Avalanche Danger Ratings verification techniques for personal use on a local scale.

  • Be familiar with the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES) technical model as a means to develop personal, local terrain ratings.

  • Use routefinding to take advantage of nuances in terrain to manage personal risk.

  • Use travel techniques in avalanche terrain appropriate to the avalanche conditions.

  • Proficiently carry out a companion rescue.

  • Understand the limits of their training.

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Itinerary

Day 1
Friday Evening Session - Classroom
Day 2
Snow science day.The day will be split between the classroom and in the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort backcountry. The day will focus on snow profiles and stability tests.
Days 3 - 5
Field days will take place in Roger's Pass and on the Icefields Parkway. The geographic location of Golden allows the course to see three distinct snow packs within an hours drive. Travel and decision making is the big focus of these days.

COURSE INCLUDES

  • 4 1/2 days instruction. All instructors are ACMG Ski Guides and Professional members of the Canadian Avalanche Association.

  • More field time! We have one evening in the classroom and four days in the field.

  • Skiing lines in the backcountry!. you will ski more on this AST course then others, but come in with the mindset of learning!

  • Course fee includes one ride lift access to KHMR if required.

  • Avalanche Canada AST 2 certificate.

  • "Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain" by Bruce Tremper.

  • CAA Industry Training Program Avalanche Course Field Book.

  • Precourse reading and viewing material to prepare you for the course.

  • Snow study kits available for students on field days.

  • Companion Rescue field Card.

  • The chance to experience three different snowpacks within an hours drive of Golden. Purcells, Selkirks and the Rockies.


COURSE COST - $650
KHMR PASS HOLDERS - $600*

Book before September 30, 2019 and receive 10% off!
Use code “EARLYBIRD” for early season purchase

*Use code “khmr” for KHMR season pass holders

Please contact us by phone or email if you have any questions about the physical requirements of an AST 2 course. 

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