AST 2 skiing

Is the AST 2 Course for you?

I have designed this AST 2 course in Revelstoke for fit ski tourers/splitboarders. This will allow us to maximize the terrain we can ski and learn from in Rogers Pass Pass. The Prerequisites are therefore a bit more stringent than your average AST 2.

Objectives on "High" avalanche danger days often involve avoiding all avalanche slopes at destinations such as Fuzzy Knob. On "Low" avalanche danger days, almost anything is possible..... In the past we have even skied the North Face of Mt Green with a fit and competant group. The objectives on your course will depend on the conditions and group fitness/ski ability level. We won't push you to do anything you're uncomfortable with, and we won't let you go anywhere we feel uncomfortable with.

AST 2 skinning

Will you learn more in the the CAA Level 1 Operations course  or the AST 2?

Unless you're planning on working in the avalanche industry, I recommend the AST 2 course. We will spend the majority of the course learning practical skills and decision making as we ski. In the CAA Ops 1 Course, a significant portion of the course is spent in the classroom learning the correct terminology and abbreviations to record data. After the AST 2, you will have much better knowledge about trip planning and decision making to do your own trips in the mountains. The AST 2 is also MUCH cheaper than the CAA 1.

Please click here for more information from Avalanche Canada about AST courses.

If you've completed an AST 2 in the past and are thinking about refreshing or furthering your learning, please check out the Advanced Avalanche Course (like an AST 3).

Madeleine and Alex

AST 2 Instructors

This course will be taught by Alex Geary or Madeleine Martin-Preney.  We are both certified by the ACMG and have both been living in Revelstoke since 2010.

Itinerary - AST 2

AST 2 profilesDay 1 is mostly online classroom based, with a couple of hours outside in Revelstoke for avalanche rescue training. We'll meet online at 8:30am. Here we'll go through the theory and planning to get ready for our field days. We'll be finished online by 5:30pm.

Days 2-4 will be full days in the field led by you. We will have short evening sessions on days 2 and 3 for trip planning. We will probably spend most of our time at Rogers Pass, but we might also visit Mt MacPhearson, The Gorge, or other local areas depending on weather and snow conditions.

AST 2 pow

Prerequisites - AST 2

  • Over 19 years old (unless accompanied by a parent)
  • 20 days experience ski touring/split boarding
  • Confident skiing/riding expert terrain at a typical ski area (eg. Double Black Diamond runs at RMR, Whistler, Kicking Horse)
  • Able to climb 1500m vertical per day
  • AST 1 Course or equivalent

This will allow us to access interesting terrain in early season conditions to maximize learning opportunities. If you are unsure of your ability please send me an email.

AST 2 Dates

December 1st - 4th 2022

$749 + 5% GST

(see the Ultimate Everything Course for December 10th - 17th)

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AST 2 dates

If you have a group of 6 people and you want to schedule a custom course, please contact us.

AST ProviderEquipment - AST 2

Please bring the following:

  • Skis or splitboard with touring bindings and skins that fit. (Snowshoes are not permitted).
  • Ski crampons MAY be required for April courses.
  • Ski/snowboard poles
  • Ski/snowboard boots compatible with your setup.
  • Digital Avalanche Transceiver
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Avalanche Shovel (must be collapsible)
  • Daypack (~30L).
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Water or thermos bottle (recommend 1-1.5L)
  • Headlamp
  • Personal 1st aid kit (blisters, band-aid’s etc.)
  • Warm and weatherproof clothing for moderate periods of inactivity in the mountains.
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Avaluator 2 (can be shared with another participant)
  • Map for Rogers Pass (can be shared with another participant)
  • Annual Winter Permit for Rogers Pass
  • Compass (can be shared with another participant)
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper 2001 (Recommended)
  • National Parks Pass for Rogers Pass

If you need to rent equipment, Revelstoke Powder Rentals  have everything you might need. They offer a 10% discount to course participants. You can call them at 250-814 4POW (4769) or visit their website.